I felt hopeless and tired and wanted to fast-forward to finishing school. I was tired of being bullied year after year, tired of not fitting in, and tired of the pressure from teachers, parents, coaches, and the rest of society. Give me a break, I thought. No one really understands me. I wish there was a good book for teenagers out there.
People think that teenagers who entertain such thoughts are rebellious or too emotional, and adults think discipline is the only way to teach such
young people a “lesson.” That couldn’t be further from the truth. Teenagers who are struggling just want someone to understand and genuinely care for them. So much goes on behind closed doors that people don’t see. Teens want to express how they feel, but they’re afraid of being judged or someone telling them to “suck it up.” The teenage years are some of the toughest and most unfair years of our lives. Teens’ brains are still developing.
They experience hormones and go through puberty. They have to balance school with their family life, social life, extracurricular activities,
and a part-time job on top of the mess that is going on inside their heads.
This leads to experimentation with:
• Our personality
• Our wardrobe
• Relationships with the same or opposite sex
Teenagers often feel that no one understands them. They want to fulfill the basic human need to be accepted by their teachers, friends, and family
members, but this is often more difficult than it sounds. All of this is going on while they experience daily struggles that have the potential to shape who they are for the rest of their lives—if they let them.
Some of the most common struggles teenagers experience include:
• Suicidal thoughts
• Confidence/self-esteem issues
• Troubles at home
• Loved ones passing away
• Health problems
• Mental health disorders
• Relationship problems
• Drug or alcohol addiction
• Social media addiction
• School problems
• Physical and/or sexual abuse
• Friendship problems
• Feelings of failure
• Being in foster care
• Fear of disappointing others
• Lack of a support network/mentors
• Absentee parents
• Have too much going on and can’t handle it
• LGBTQ and being judged for it
• Cross-cultural problems due to emigrating from another country
If you have struggled with at least one of the above issues, then I wrote a good book for teenagers. The book is called Never Fight Alone.
What makes Never Fight Alone a good book for teenagers?
It has 51 Inspiring Interviews to Help Teens Overcome Their Struggles & Improve Their Mental Health.
WHO SHOULD READ THIS BOOK?
If you are between the ages of thirteen to nineteen and are struggling with any of the challenges I mentioned earlier and feel trapped, this book
is for you.
If you are a parent who has at least one teenager or kids who are almost teenagers, you should also read this book. If you deal with teenagers on a daily or weekly basis, whether as a teacher, school staff member, youth pastor, or as part of a youth organization, you should read this book.
This book will give teens a perspective on how to overcome various challenges. It will also help adults become more aware of these challenges and the unique pressures facing young people today.
We are human. We want to read stories about people who have gone through the same things or who have overcome whatever challenges we are facing. We want to know we are not alone. Reading about other people’s experiences and how they overcame their situations provides us with a sense of hope. Hope that one day we will overcome the struggles we are facing.
Hope that one day we will make a difference in our community.
In this book, you will learn:
• How other people overcame adversity
• Coping methods to deal with mental health issues
• How to talk to others about your problems
• Actionable steps that you can take today to make your life worth living
• How to find supportive friends and mentors
Here is the table of contents for Never Fight Alone:
1. How to Build Confidence: Arman Chowdhury
2. The Power of Choosing Joy: Jack Sernett
3. How to Feel Comfortable in Your Own Skin: Shinjini Das
4. How to Turn Your Life Around from a Negative Experience: Casey Adams
5. How to Deal with Anxiety: Dennis Simsek, a.k.a. The Anxiety Guy
6. How to Escape a Toxic Home to Do What You Love: Tyler Brady
7. Diagnosed with ADHD to Bookstagram Influencer: Matt Hutson, a.k.a. Bookmatic
8. How to Overcome the Struggles of Your Family not Having Any Money: Laura Egocheaga
9. How to Look at the Brighter Side after Being Dealt the Wrong Hand: Austin Reynolds
10. Unmasking Your Feelings: Matt G., a.k.a. Unwasted Mind
11. Overcoming Cyberbullying and Shyness: Alexa Carlin
12. How to Use Your Experience of Being Bullied to Your Advantage: Tania Speaks
13. How to Take Off Your Mask: Nathan Harmon
14. How to Keep Going Even When You Continuously Fail: Hala Taha
15. How to Deal with Social Exclusion: Satvik Sethi
16. From Illiterate until Age Fourteen to Honor Roll Student: Lou Jones
17. How to Find Your Passion in High School: Calah Olson
18.From College Graduate at Sixteen to Entrepreneur with a Personal Brand: Amara Leggett
19. Why You Should Stop Making Excuses to Achieve Your Dreams: Temi Johnson
20. How to Keep Going When Life Gets Tough: Cedric Spahr
21. Healthy Habits You Can Form to Overcome Anxiety and Depression: Mark Metry
22. How to Overcome Self-Harm and Depression: Nyah Jones
23. How to Deal with Changing Schools and Households: Anthony Bertoncin
24. How to Find Your Self-Worth and Talk Positively to Yourself: Jenna Smith
25. How to Find Your Own Voice as an Introvert: Andre Haykal Jr
26. How to Start a Business at Age Fifteen: Marko Stavrou
27. How to Practice Self-Love in High School: Guti
28. Insights into Someone’s Life with Bipolar Disorder and Depression: Natasha Tracy
29. How to Overcome an Eating Disorder: Francesca Rose
30. Why You Should Stop Fighting in Silence: Bryant Reed
31. The Power of Forgiveness: Marc Mero
32. Why Your Dreams Are Not Too Small: Jonte “Not So Small” Hall
33. How to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking: Grant Baldwin
34. Life Lessons from a Former Professional Boxer: Edward Ashley Latimore Jr
35. What to Do if You’re Sexually Assaulted: Makaila Nichols
36. How to Find Your Inner Genius: David Edward Garcia
37. How to Overcome PTSD: Elena Breese
38. How to Create Your Success Story: Marisa Sergi
39. How to Overcome the Stress of Applying to Colleges: Will Holdren
40. Dealing with Trauma in Life: Ari Gunzburg
41. How to Overcome Drug Addiction: Ed Kressy
42. How to Believe in Yourself When Your Life is Upside Down: Evan Carmichael
43. Alleviating the Pressure You Put on Yourself: Nelson Jia Jun Ng
44. How to Overcome Sexual Assault: Tovah Marx
45. Overcoming an Eating Disorder and Parents’ Divorce: Yvette Mystakas
46. Dealing with Friends Saying, “You’ve Changed”: Izzy Ngov
47. How to Escape from Abuse: Lady Michelle Austin
48. Overcoming Pornography Addiction: Yamilexis Fernandez
49. How to Escape Negativity in a Bad Neighborhood to Follow Your Passion: Luis Quintero
50. How to Think in Abundance While Facing Adversity: David Meltzer
51. How to Face an Identity Shift: Anthony Trucks
I Wish I Was Able to Read a Life-Changing Book as a Teen
When I was a teen going through these problems, I wish I had a good book for teenagers. It would have inspired me to be better and do some things differently with my life.
It would have helped me to open up to adults and know that I am not a lone. I was afraid to talk about my problems to my friends and adults. I thought no one would understand, and I would be a burden. I thought men should never cry.
As the years went by after college, I realized I wasn’t the only one with problems. Many friends vented to me about their struggles. Why? Because
I would listen without judging. I also observed others who had problems and why they turned out the way the way they did. Their past struggles
shaped who they became.
We are all unique. We all have strengths and weaknesses because of what we’ve experienced. Instead of judging, we should strive to understand
one another. If we dig deep into the past, we will find we have more in common with each other than we think. Name any problem or challenge
you face, and I guarantee you can find thousands if not millions of people around the world who have faced something similar. This is exactly why I
wrote this book: to let you know that you are not fighting alone. I consider myself fortunate, but even I had my fair share of struggles.
Were you looking for a good book for teenagers?
You found one!
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