Critical evaluation: Although it is only appropriate for heterosexual teen girls, The Date Book is a very useful guide for tackling the oft troublesome dating situation. Full of advice that will appeal to teens, the book provides a holistic approach to dating. The opening chapters outline the art of flirtation and deciding what kind of date to have. A quiz gives readers a chance to determine what kind of date they would enjoy the most. These personalized aspects of the guide are especially appealing for teens. Several areas in the book provide fill-in charts to set up dating parameters, decide on the perfect outfit, and keep track of past dating experiences. One of the most important chapters in the book deals with dating “red flags.” This section is very relevant for teen girls as it advises against dating someone who has trouble controlling their anger, engages in dangerous activities, or is much older. While it might seem like an awkward read for some teens, The Date Book is a very useful guide for girls who are entering the dating world.
Reader's annotation: The mysteries of dating are unraveled in this helpful guide to going out with someone new!
About the author: Erika Stalder is an author of advice books and guides for teens. She also has a regular advice column and blog, "Dear Erika," devoted to the same topic. Stalder has written several books for teens including 97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School (2007), The Date Book: A Teen Girl's Complete Guide to Going Out With Someone New (2007), Fashion 101: A Crash Course in Clothing (2008), and In the Driver's Seat: A Girl's Guide to Her First Car (2009). In addition to writing, Stalder has also created a workshop about dating, and held a "Girl Summit" in 2007 to address important topics for teens. (from erikastalder.com/home/)