Adolescence is one of the most challenging times of our lives — and, of course, the most fun. What do teens want to know about and ask about? It may be friends, TV, school, romance, music, peer pressure, cliques, proms, parties, gossip, parents, food, hair, videos, shopping, sports, card, the future — just to name a few. And there is nothing more fun for teens than asking friends and schoolmate questions about all these things.
With the same imaginative zeal that has made the If series so wildly popular, Evelyn MacFarlane and James Saywell engage teems with question such as:
If you could pick any three friends to go to college with, whom would you take?
If you could start a new fashion trend a school, what style would you propose?
If you could have any one super power, what would you choose?
If you were stranded on an island and could have one CD, movie, and book — what would they be?
If you could have starred in any music video in history, which would you pick?
From the Hardcover edition.
It’s either the best period of your life or the worst—usually both. It’s either the coolest age to be, or the one you can’t wait to grow out of. No one understands you, and too many people seem intent on trying to get you to live your life their way. Our teenage years are some of the most challenging of our lives. But of course they are also great fun. Privacy. Freedom. Respect. Responsibility. Trust. Money. Why won’t they give you a bit more? Are you an adult? A kid? A hormonal stew? A future world-saver? All of the above? Love. Looks. Brains. Talent. School. Sports. Piercings. The Web. Music. What’s important to teenagers? Anything? Everything equally? Do you know what’s going on? Do you know where you’re going or where you’re coming from? Do you know what kind of person you want to be or what kind of life you want to create for yourself?
If . . . is a book, a game, or even a journal to start you asking questions of yourself, of your best friend, on a date or at a party. Try to guess people’s answers first; fill in the margins of the book with your own new questions; send out a juicy one on the Internet and collect great replies; or have your friends write down their answers on the pages to look back on later in life. Make it an adventure!
Who are you?
The world will be yours, so it might be a good idea to find out.
And the answers are all there, behind the door that is you.
Open it . . .From the Hardcover edition.
Excerpted from If... by Evelyn McFarlane. Copyright © 2001 by Evelyn McFarlane & James Saywell. Excerpted by permission of Villard, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
About Evelyn McFarlane
Evelyn McFarlane was born in Brooklyn and grew up in San Diego. She received a degree in architecture from Cornell University and has worked in New York and Boston as an architect. She now lives in Florence, Italy. In addition to writing, she lectures on architecture for the Elderhostel programs and paints.
James Saywell was born in Canada and lived in Asia as a child. Besides questions, he designs buildings and furniture. He divides his time between the United States, Italy, and Hong Kong.
About James Saywell
Evelyn McFarlane was born in Brooklyn and grew up in San Diego. She received a degree in architecture from Cor-nell University and has worked in New York and Boston as an architect. She now lives in Florence, Italy. In addition to writing, she lectures on architecture for the Elder Hostel programs and is a full-time student at the Florence Academy of Art.
James Saywell was born in Canada and lived in Asia as a child. Besides questions, he designs buildings and furniture. He divides his time between the United States and Italy.
Their first three books were: If . . . (Questions for the Game of Life), If2 . . . (More Questions for the Game of Life), and If3 . . . (Questions for the Game of Love).