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No Easy Answers: Short Stories About Teenagers Making Tough Choices

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This anthology features stories about individuals who find themselves in situations that test their strength of character. They are called upon to make moral choices, face the consequences of their actions, and consider what it means to "do the right thing. " From computer blackmail, peer pressure, and gang violence to drug use, unwanted pregnancy, guilt and atonement, the ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 12th 1999 by Laurel Leaf (first published 1997)
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Amber Wortz
May 05, 2012 Amber Wortz rated it liked it
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No Easy Answers: Short Stories About Teenagers Making Tough Choices, is a compilation of short stories written by young adult authors about many of the hard decisions teens have to make throughout their adolescence. The book is split up into six categories: How Did I Get Myself into This?, It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, What Do I Do Now?, How Do I Get Myself Out of This, and I'm Sorry.

As a whole I thought this was a pretty good read. Some of the stories didn't r
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Stephanie
Mar 20, 2016 Stephanie rated it did not like it
I was enjoying the stories in this book until near the end, I came across a horrible story of a boy trying to kill his own cat so he can be admitted to a gang.
It gave descriptions of the two methods he tried using.Although the cat ultimately survived, I found it very disturbing.
It was not something I would have read or bought if I had known such a story was included.
There was no warning of any kind about this disturbing material and I found that to be very inappropriate as it is mostly teenagers
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Darien Taylor
Dec 13, 2012 Darien Taylor rated it it was amazing
In the first short story "The Photograph" is about a couple of teens who plays in their football team was talking about their phys ed teacher Ms. Jenson skinny dipping. The teens goes for a look see to find out if it was true or not. What they found was something way more better than skinny dipping. A photo was shot by what ever the teens had saw. Now what will they do with the photo and what they saw? You need to find out by reading No Easy Answers.

I liked the book because the plot of the book
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Nicole
Jul 16, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing
This book is a short story book. The stories are about teens and the problems that they have and how they deal with them and how they get over them. They are about gangs, drugs, sex, bad decisions, shootings and much more. One story is about three boys who learn that a teacher swims naked. One of the boys is a photographer so they go and take pictures. Then they learn something else about that teacher. The picture gets out and the teacher leaves town. Another story is about a girl who works at a ...more
Louie
Jan 20, 2010 Louie rated it really liked it
I must say that it is quite an interesting. The stories are very entertaining, and have managed to keep me fully engaged. This book is a set of 16 teenage stories, which brush on common problems that teenagers face. So far this book has mentioned sex,drugs, homosexuality, homelessness, theft, gang violence, ad love. Each story is about 20 pages long, which really isn't bad at all. If you are a person who doesn't quite like reading all that much yet, this is the book for you. These stories are sh ...more
NadjaD
Oct 01, 2012 NadjaD rated it it was ok
The book "No easy answers" was split up into several short stories that connected to teenagers, and them making choices. I read the short story called "Photograph" because it sounds like a difficult choice to make. Throughout this story a teenage boy named Anthony is stuck between the choices of falling under peer presure or doing whats right. This short story was okay, it wasn't all that, or shocking. Its not an ideal recommendation to me because it didn't have me psyched up to see what's going ...more
JUAN IBARRAaa
Jan 27, 2010 JUAN IBARRAaa rated it it was amazing
this book is about how teens make choice that can effect the rest of there lives by trust and respect because it is either taking choices of taking pictures doing drugs get involved with guns and pranks.this book also shows how sometimes teens need to make choices that may show how they are either a good or bad person.this book also shows how sometimes teens make other teens do something they dont wanna do.I think this book was great and actually sees how teens has it bad because they dont reall ...more
Jose Rios
May 01, 2012 Jose Rios rated it it was amazing
Great Book. These teens went through alot and even though some couldnt overcome their problems, most of them did.
Although they were on drugs, abusive relationship or being in the wrong crowd, these teens still found a way to overcome their challenges or problems.
Jennifer Carafa
Feb 06, 2008 Jennifer Carafa rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
A few short stories on tough decisions and situations for teenagers. It's a great book for teenagers who have gone through or are going through a hard time. It also teaches others how life can be hard at times. It's quick and interesting.
Hannah Goodman
Dec 29, 2009 Hannah Goodman rated it liked it
Really enjoyed this eclectic collection. Some stories had mainly dialogue and others had a lot of exposition– good for my annotations for school. The first story had such a great premise but the way too long exposition kind of made it long-winded.
Ruth Hardy
May 07, 2016 Ruth Hardy rated it really liked it
A good resource for read-alouds to start discussion. It is just what the title suggests: stories that involve character and making choices. I bought the Kindle version, so I can project it as a I read.
Amy Ensign
Jul 18, 2011 Amy Ensign rated it did not like it
Recommended to Amy by: SPPS Summer School
I tried to be more enthusiastic about this book, but it's an outdated YA collection of short stories. There are about five million other great options. Glad it's over.
Kris
Jul 08, 2013 Kris rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Great "read alouds" with young adults--inspires rich discussions
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