Latter-day Saint Sean Covey knows what a difference the seven habits can
make in a young person's life — his dad wrote the book on it! He
also knows there's not a teenager alive who would read the The 7 Habits
of Highly Effective People. So, he adapted the seven habits into small,
tasty, bite-sized stories in the tradition of the Chicken Soup series.
The result is a very readable, simple, principle-centered plan to helpteens solve problems and create their own unique destinies.
“The 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens” is a self-help book for teens which talks mainly about 7 habits that will help with their growth and development. However, I don’t think it just applies to teens, although it is focused on teens. I found a lot of the stuff in this book helpful as a twenty-one year old. I found that it was an enjoyable read, though hard to get through in parts. I’d probably give it a 4 out of 5 stars, just because I’ve talked to a few teens who have had to read it for a class or read it because a relative gave it to them and they didn’t find it very interesting. I myself got it as a gift from my aunt when I was in twelfth grade, and though I started it, I never read the whole thing until this last week, nearly four years later.
I thought Sean Covey did a good job at including stories that explained his ideas and gave examples for teens that teens would understand. The pictures were really entertaining and the habits and ways of implementing them were really well done. I like that he included baby steps at the end of each habit, so that his habits could be implemented in easy to manage steps. However, I don’t think he made it very entertaining for teens who are currently going through puberty, or who haven’t had a chance to go through what he talks about. When I talked to my roommate, she said she had to read it in ninth grade, and she didn’t get much out of it, but when I read bits and pieces to her that I found interesting she enjoyed them and wondered why she hadn’t enjoyed them as a teenager.
If a teen is willing to dig down deep and really learn something, I think they will get more out of this book than if they are forced to read it for a class or because a relative wants them to. They have to want to change in order to get anything out of it.
Over all, I really enjoyed this book and I would definitely recommend it to my friends and relatives still in high school. In fact, I might have my sister read it this summer. Maybe it will help her organize her life so she doesn’t have to go through what I’ve had to go through all these years.