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The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  27,368 ratings  ·  1,887 reviews

Being a teenager is both wonderful and challenging. In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, author Sean Covey applies the timeless principles of the 7 Habits to teens and the tough issues and life-changing decisions they face. In an entertaining style, Covey provides a step-by-step guide to help teens improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve

Paperback, 268 pages
Published October 9th 1998 by Simon Schuster (first published January 1st 1997)
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Apr 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Due to issues that I will not speak of, a probation officer made me read this book (and also made me write an essay on it--you can bet that it was a strongly opinionated essay). Now, one can definitely argue that these unfortunate circumstances have distorted my viewpoint, but that isn't the case at all. This book would be terrible regardless of whether I was forced to read it or not.
Let's discuss why.
The 7 Problems of Sean Covey's Highly Ineffective Book:

Mrs. Kucinski
May 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book about life in general. Adds neat stories, quotes and cartoons. Great for middle school students.
Jan 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
My parents noticed I was having troubles with my self-being. They forced me to read this book (I was not impressed when the put it in my hands) but after the first page i was hooked. I was so impressed with this book it's crazy. It made so much sense, and I could totally relate to it on so many different levels. I was just incredibly surprised how easy it was to read, since usually when you pick up one of these "how-to" books, they're dry and not interesting. Well, not this book! It's great to ...more
Sep 06, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-s, i-own
This book is an influential life-guide for teenagers. It has different stories of teenagers around us, associated with different scenarios and cases. In addition, its pictures decorate the pages, the quotes prove illustrate and explains the views, which makes it really fun to read.
I highly recommend reading this enjoyable book to find the perfect life waiting for you to jump right into.
This book is the your straight way to heaven on earth. It includes organized information represented in
Rayna So
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Just found out that his father has died and reminded that I had read this book as a very troubled teen. I was given it by a concerned teacher that was also a guidance counselor at my school. I was still quite jaded when I approached this book and some people might roll their eyes at certain chapters like I did, but to be honest I think everyone can take away something important from reading the text.

In my case, a certain chapter which was marked really made the whole world make sense to me. It
Oct 17, 2009 rated it did not like it
I cannot say that this book was of any benefit to me. It seemed as if throughout the entire book, all the author did was preach rather than give any real advice. He unrealistically tried to make common teen problems seem less dire than they really are. I did not feel that the author was qualified to give advice to teenagers that are going through things such as family problems, depression and financial struggles because, based on what he wrote about himself, he didn't seem to go through any of ...more
Beautiful  Oblivion
Sep 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book was torture. I spent my whole summer reading this book along with my other classmates who might feel the same. It was just...boring.

Okay, I think the majority of the world's teens will not read this. Maybe adults, but not teens. This is the 21st century people, teens don't want a book telling them how to manage their lives. If they can't even listen to their parents what makes you think they'll listen to a book? The majority don't even like reading. I'm already seeing this, they
Josh Stoll
Apr 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book... has me confused. At times, the author suggests overly saccharine and simplistic solutions to problems that are often more complicated. At others, the author seems to have a keen grasp of subject matter, and provides really good tips and in-depth study of problem areas for teens. At yet others, the author oversimplifies teens into roles that are often confined to three or four simplistic categories. Some of his advice seems like common sense-- if the teen isn't already practicing the ...more
Apr 13, 2010 rated it did not like it
I listened to the audiotape on my way to Chicago, and I nearly drove off the road. On purpose. Alright, it wasn't THAT bad, but I wasn't very impressed. Covey merely restates everything our mothers taught us: prioritize, do your best, and play nicely. The content was simplistic, redundant, and cheesy. While the 7 habits are nice ideas and good goals to strive for, they're common sense. And there's something about the way Covey delivers his material that makes me cringe. He's overly simplistic ...more
This is possibly the best book I have ever read.
It has amazing principle for living the effective life, and whenever I read it, I feel like all that Sean talks about is within reach, is achievable. I absolutely love the cartoons of gangly teens that riddle the book, illustrating what's being discussed. Sean's style of writing in this book is so hilarious, and it makes an enjoyable read. It's not just some self-help book that preaches at you on how to change, but more of a journey to greatness.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
3.5 Stars

After having started this book in class, I decided that I wanted to read this book on my own time, and really analyze and digest the contents of this book. The first couple of Habits were really helpful and I guess you could say "touching" in some occasions, but that didn't save this book from its downfall.

Nearing the end, this book became a little preachy and less of an "advisory" sort of thing. And this is not meant to take away from those who found this book very helpful, but I
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To this book may is the best influence on my academics. I really enjoyed it and I hope more and more teens read this book
Christy Stewart
Aug 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
The author tries to be real hip in that jeans-jeans-shirt-jeans-jacket 90s sort of way that made us all smell the teen spirit.

Obvious hippy bullshit. Also it reads WAY too young for teens.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Much better than I expected. As a self-help book, I thought 7 Habits would be extremely boring, but it turned out to be very informative and interesting.
Apr 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: academic, young-adult
My mom actually bought me this book when I was a teen and I never read it, which is unfortunate because it is actually a good read, especially since I usually hate self-help books. It talks about time-management, establishing good relationships, setting goals, creating good attitudes – these are all things that everyone should work on, not just teens. The book is written in a style that teens can enjoy though. It doesn’t throw a lot of concentrated information on boring psychological stuff; it’s ...more
Sorkunthika Srour
I decided to read this book just because I cannot help with the thought that I waste my teen by not reading the book. So I should use my last teen wisely. Just kidding. For the first few pages, I underestimated the book, thinking at this age I' ve known all of these already. But it turned out that I am really in love with the book. First because, I have discovered something that is worthwhile. Second, the author and the book are so entertaining; the ideas are clearly structured. I am planning to ...more
Oct 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
I rated it one star because I think this was a book that I would not read in my free time, and found myself bored at times while reading it. I don't recommend this book because of those reasons.
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I gave this book 4 stars because it was a good book in my opinion. It had ideas about how to help you be a teen and it backed up its ideas. The stories in it helped all the ideas and helped understand them. I would recommend this book to people my age because it was made for kids our age and it had some very good ideas about what it is like to be a teen.
Katherine Song
Sep 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
This review should've been here a long time ago. So get ready, because this review is going to be chock-full of my own opinions. And I'm going to say this outright: I don't like this book. And perhaps my unnecessary bias against those pesky "self help" books comes into play here, but one can also argue that Sean Covey did nothing to sway that bias. And I've been described as quite the pushover. Now that you're aware of my highly opinionated review (and the fact I'll be cursing a little because ...more
This book is a treasure. If you haven't read it yet, read it. I guarantee you you will not regret it. In fact, you will realise how uch you've missed an you'll want to re read it again and again. I'm not a fan of self-help books, but I never felt this book was one because Covey brilliantly sends his advice in a humourous, informal, fun way that is not seen in the typical boring self-help books. The 7 habits are literally what you need for a better, more organised life. So, if you haven't read ...more
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Exact rating: 4.5

If you know me well, you'd know that I'm not a huge fan of self-help books, but this, I thought it was brilliant. It hits right on the center of a problem. It was surprisingly funny and I loved it! His sarcasm and humor were AMAZING. Every teen should read this book. No kidding.

Challenge completed: A book that was supposed to read in school but didn't (And I'm reading for school again)
Natt Okeeffe
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbr
This was a nice guide book as to how you can make your life better by controlling your emotions and acting the correct way in specific situations for teenagers I think that they are very helpful and you can easily implant them in your life using small steps that are indicated in the book. There isnt much else I can say about a self-help book that I liked. I highly recommend it. ...more
Sophie Putt
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I recommend this book to any teen or even any younger adult. This book for sure is going to CHANGE MY LIFE! I do wish this book had been in a christian view because thus being about habits and teens it come across worldly things. I would have been much more impacted if it was in a christian view, but it not being one, did not change it from being a 5 star review...because it soo was 5 star stuff!
Hùng Cao Tiến
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has many touched stories. But conclusion is little bit boring. In short, this book is worth reading.
“Wanna fast go alone, wanna far go together”
Sandy Yang
Apr 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Title: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
Author: Sean Covey
isbn13: 9780684856094
288 pages
I have always loved guide books, books that I could always go back to. Because of this I have read many different guide books, and honestly, many of them were very repetitive. I couldn't find a very interesting book to read, but then suddenly, I saw Michelle Wong, a fellow classmate of mine, reading this book. I couldn't help but flip through it, and it was truly a book that was meant for a teen. Even
Donavon Taveras
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book helped me prioritize and organize my social and academic life. As a teenager, it's easy to get confused and lost between school, friends and relationships. This book can help ease the confusion. This book mainly involves setting a path for yourself. It helps you to figure out what you want in life and what you want your future to be. Once you know what path you'd like to take, the book helps you to prioritize. Put the unimportant nonsense at the end of your 'to do' list and put the ...more
Sanober Razzaque
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A really simple, insightful, food for thought book which Im going to return to almost every week I assume.
As Jordan McLaughlin said and I quote: "If this book doesn't help you, then you must have a perfect life already."
Lizzy Christ
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book because it explained what the bad habits are and the good habits and it explained each very well and have many examples. I think every teen should read this book because it could help a lot of people. The author was very organized in the way he planned the habits. He started out with private habits then went to public in the beginning showing how they each relied on each other .
Jessica Morley
I liked it, but I didn't really get to absorb much of the info due to the fact that I had a time limit while reading it. Actually, it's not even been a month since I finished the book and I can't tell you a thing I read in it. Whoops. I guess I'll have to re-read it some day. Hopefully I will have acquired my own copy at that point.
Sep 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book hits its target audience perfectly. The personal stories and cartoons on every page enhance the topic in a way that attracts teens. I really like the suggested "baby steps" for youth to apply the principles to their lives. I enjoyed a great discussion of the book with a group of teens and it is encouraging to see the great things they get out of it.

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Sean Covey was the starting quarterback for Brigham Young University during the 1987 and 1988 seasons. He was benched due to an ankle sprain. Following his college football career wrote a book called The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. It is a book based on the principles of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, which was written by his father, Stephen R. Covey, but directed towards the ...more
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