Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - 97 Things To Do Before You Finish High School

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Book Review - 97 Things To Do Before You Finish High School

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About the Book
Being in high school is about a lot more than going to high school. It’s about discovering new places, new hobbies, and new people—and opening your eyes to the world. This book is about the stuff they don’t teach you in high school, like how to host a film festival, plan your first road trip, make a podcast, or write a manifesto. Want to make a time capsule? Spend a day in silence? Learn how to make beats like a DJ? Or shut down your house party before the police do? Whatever your creative, social, or academic inclinations, you’ll find 97 ways on these pages to amuse, educate, and interest yourself, and your friends. Because your life doesn’t stop at 3pm each day—it just gets started.

About the Authors
Steven Jenkins is a San Francisco-based cultural critic whose writings on film, music, art, and literature appear in national periodicals, exhibitions catalogs, and artist monographs. He is the editor of City Slivers and Fresh Kills: The Films of Gordon Matta-Clark and Model Culture: James Casebere, Photographs 1975-1996.

Erika Stalder is a San Francisco-based writer who has contributed to Wired, Missbehave, Planet, and The Journal of Life Sciences, and worked with the International Museum of Women to produce the Imagining Ourselves anthology. She also currently writes the Dear Erika advice column for ABC Family’s The Secret Life of The American Teen website.

My Take on the Book
This was a very thorough book that really shares a ton of things that all high school age should do before they graduate (or at least what the authors believe). In my perspective after reading this book, the authors have done a great job at sharing some cool ideas and things to accomplish to help teens to better become aware of themselves as well as prepare for their future as a adult. 

While I have done some of the things listed, there are still others that I did not do and wish that I had. This is a book that I could see as a good gift for any new high school student. There are some things listed that may not fly in some families (going skinny dipping), but all-in-all this was a great book with some great things within it. 

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