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Teenage Textbook

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  131 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
This book is for teenagers from 13 to 83.

It is a story about love, lust and lechery, all happening in the pressing space of six-and-a-half weeks (but as this is a family book, we shall not say where or how it's pressing).

Lee Mui Ee is the Ice Cream Girl. Tom D'Cruz, the Dashing Athletic Hero. Yeo Chung Kai is Mr Outstandingly Average while Sissy Song and Loo Kok Sean are t
Paperback, 175 pages
Published October 1988 by Hotspot Books (first published September 4th 1988)
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Sep 14, 2008 Wynnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read The Teenage Textbook when I was in Junior College and I totally identified with it. From next year onwards, JCs will only have one intake a year, instead of once in January and once in March. Therefore The Teenage Textbook and Workbook will henceforth become a reference point of the divided experience. An excellent read for secondary school students and JC students, or any adult who wants to reminiscence their bashful teenage years.
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Mar 20, 2007 Desiree Koh rated it really liked it
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At that time, it was a "cannot-put-down."
Recommended and borrowed by J. He warns of cheese beforehand, but that it has its good moments. That's pretty much the most accurate summary I can come up with. It's quintessentially Singaporean - the best parts of it. We thrive in the cheesy, the nostalgic, toe-ing the line of tacky (stay within it and we're safe). Teenage Textbook is your JC puppy love condensed into a slim one-sitting novel. The style is tongue-in-cheek, stripped of its pretension. Think of it as an exceptionally compelling s ...more
Mar 13, 2007 PMP rated it it was amazing
This book had a hey-day in the late 1980s-early 1990s, bringing up a possible generation of Singaporean youths. The school principal was called Elvis, and the two teenagers in love kept saying "QED - Quite Easily Done". I interviewed the author extensively for my Secondary Three GEP project, thinking at the time you could learn how to write by asking another person. Thinking also that the author of _The Teenage Textbook_ had to be the embodiment of literary inspiration. He said that he plotted e ...more
Sep 08, 2013 Sheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Am crossing over to realm of the young adult (19 going on 20), but this book certainly brought back lots of nostalgia and memories from my JC days. This was published way back in 1988, but reading this makes me realise not much has changed since then (like the pranks students pull/the lingo students adopt/perspectives that students hold) hehe. Read it in one sitting, so glad my school library had it!
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Dec 01, 2012 Vidhya Nair rated it really liked it
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A cannot-put down book with endearing characters. Lots of laugh out loud moments and the complete relatability of the trials and tribulations for any Singaporean teenager. A definite must-read!
May 30, 2010 Leslie rated it it was amazing
As long as you're a product of the Singaporean public school system, this book and its sequel will bring on heaps of nostalgia and fun. Love it.
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