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What do you do when a parent, a grandparent, your brother, cousins, andan uncle are doing drugs? You are also expected to do drugs, right?Fifteen-year-old Savanna Peterson went beyond the expectations ofothers and took a stand against drugs, even when her older brother hadparties while her mom was at work, the cops were watching her house, and her dad spent most of her lif What do you do when a parent, a grandparent, your brother, cousins, andan uncle are doing drugs? You are also expected to do drugs, right?Fifteen-year-old Savanna Peterson went beyond the expectations ofothers and took a stand against drugs, even when her older brother hadparties while her mom was at work, the cops were watching her house, and her dad spent most of her life in prison for drug-related crimes.Drugs Make You Un-Smarter is written by a high school student and hergrandmother. The book includes stories of people who have abused drugsand interviews with actors and professionals. Learn facts about drugs andhear about goal-oriented kids who, like Savanna, have made a choice toremain drug-free.


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What do you do when a parent, a grandparent, your brother, cousins, andan uncle are doing drugs? You are also expected to do drugs, right?Fifteen-year-old Savanna Peterson went beyond the expectations ofothers and took a stand against drugs, even when her older brother hadparties while her mom was at work, the cops were watching her house, and her dad spent most of her lif What do you do when a parent, a grandparent, your brother, cousins, andan uncle are doing drugs? You are also expected to do drugs, right?Fifteen-year-old Savanna Peterson went beyond the expectations ofothers and took a stand against drugs, even when her older brother hadparties while her mom was at work, the cops were watching her house, and her dad spent most of her life in prison for drug-related crimes.Drugs Make You Un-Smarter is written by a high school student and hergrandmother. The book includes stories of people who have abused drugsand interviews with actors and professionals. Learn facts about drugs andhear about goal-oriented kids who, like Savanna, have made a choice toremain drug-free.

40 review for Drugs Make You Un-Smarter

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dianna (SavingsInSeconds blog)

    This book is not a warm-and-fuzzy "just say no" message. It's a gritty, gruesome reminder of the aftermath that drugs cause. Several parts of the book are heartbreaking because it's clear that Savanna was not given the parenting she deserved. It's also extremely necessary to discuss these things with teens. Drugs Make You Un-Smarter would be a great resource for counselors and behavior modification therapists. If you're the parent or if you suspect that your child might be involved in drugs, you This book is not a warm-and-fuzzy "just say no" message. It's a gritty, gruesome reminder of the aftermath that drugs cause. Several parts of the book are heartbreaking because it's clear that Savanna was not given the parenting she deserved. It's also extremely necessary to discuss these things with teens. Drugs Make You Un-Smarter would be a great resource for counselors and behavior modification therapists. If you're the parent or if you suspect that your child might be involved in drugs, you definitely should consider reading this book to be alerted to the warning signs. I haven't heard of the term "straight edge." I also didn't know many of the drugs that are available to children. What an eye-opener! I received a copy of this book to review. The opinions stated are 100% mine.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kim Hansen

    What an utterly refreshing book! It is not very often that a 15 year old girl has a close relationship with her grandmother, but Savanna Peterson breaks the mold when it comes to the norm as far as teenage girl behavior goes! Savanna, along with her grandmother, Jill Vanderwood, have written a thought provoking, eye opening and honest book about drugs and alcohol; including the relationships that bind and can break due to substance abuse in families. It is unbelievable just how much this young gir What an utterly refreshing book! It is not very often that a 15 year old girl has a close relationship with her grandmother, but Savanna Peterson breaks the mold when it comes to the norm as far as teenage girl behavior goes! Savanna, along with her grandmother, Jill Vanderwood, have written a thought provoking, eye opening and honest book about drugs and alcohol; including the relationships that bind and can break due to substance abuse in families. It is unbelievable just how much this young girl has been affected by drugs and alcohol. From an older brother that uses drugs and has dropped out of school, to her father that landed in prison at the age of 19 due to his drug and alcohol habits, Savanna has seen up close and personal what substance abuse can do to you. In addition to the personal stories about Savanna and family, there are also accounts by others that have been down the hard road of substance abuse as well as those that have chosen to just say no. Some of the stories are gut wrenching, and if you have a family member, friend or maybe even yourself that needs help getting back on the right track, theyoutline some of the options available. If you have been lucky enough not to have been affected by drugs or alcohol in your life, don’t assume that you will automatically raise children that aren’t affected. This book outlines many drugs that teenagers have access to and the effect of the drugs on their body. They discuss the signs to look for and how to keep your child on the straight and narrow. Savanna is a powerhouse in many ways, despite her tiny stature . She has taken a very emphatic stance against drugs and alcohol – just say no; and that is exactly what she has done! She has stayed straight and not let peer pressure get to her – which is a huge feat for a 15 yr old these days. This book should be required reading by any parent of a teenager; most especially those that tend to ignore the signs and symptoms of substance abuse by hiding their heads in the sand and saying, “they are just teenagers, that’s the way they act”. Being the mother of 7 children, all of which have made it to adulthood unscathed or effected by drugs/alcohol, that IS NOT the way they act – most acting out is a symptom of something bigger. Pay attention! Excellent read!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Flipoutmama

    Today we have a great book review for you! The book is called Drugs Make You Un-Smarter by Savanna Peterson and Jill Vanderwood. When I found out that this book was a winner of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award, I knew that it was going to be good. This book is really eye opening. It is about the struggles of drug and alcohol addiction through the eyes of a fifteen year old girl whose family has been enveloped in the harsh world of drug abuse for her whole life. Savanna and her grandmother wrot Today we have a great book review for you! The book is called Drugs Make You Un-Smarter by Savanna Peterson and Jill Vanderwood. When I found out that this book was a winner of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award, I knew that it was going to be good. This book is really eye opening. It is about the struggles of drug and alcohol addiction through the eyes of a fifteen year old girl whose family has been enveloped in the harsh world of drug abuse for her whole life. Savanna and her grandmother wrote this book, and in it, Savanna details her experiences and memories of a life affected by the drug abuse of those around her. The way that Savanna talks about the things that she was exposed to as a child is very matter-of-fact, which makes it kind of hard to read. It just hurts to read what this young girl has had to go through in her life. However, Savanna is very strong and tough and it is inspiring to see that she has been able to keep away from all of the bad things that have affected others in her family. This book really should be made available to teens and tweens everywhere. It tells the truth about drugs and alcohol abuse, and it does it in a way that kids can respond and relate to. The book is also a good read for parents who need a reality check about what exactly our kids are going through these days. It's really inspiring to see what a strong girl Savanna is and how she has managed to keep her head up through all of the struggles that her family has faced. All in all, this book is a good read for both teens and parents. It helps to know what our young people are going through these days and that there is a way to avoid these hardships. I would recommend this book to everyone as a real eye opener!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sandrag Gallegos

    A great book with such an important message! We hear stories all the time of the horrible things kids have to endure in their childhood when drugs and negligent parents are involved. The majority of these kids do end up the same as their parents but you rarely heard stories of those that don't. That is what I thought was great about this book. Hearing that Savanna choose not to live her life anything like what she grew up knowing to be the norm makes her so much braver and wiser than the adults A great book with such an important message! We hear stories all the time of the horrible things kids have to endure in their childhood when drugs and negligent parents are involved. The majority of these kids do end up the same as their parents but you rarely heard stories of those that don't. That is what I thought was great about this book. Hearing that Savanna choose not to live her life anything like what she grew up knowing to be the norm makes her so much braver and wiser than the adults who she calls parents. Being only 15 years old she has decided to be true role model for her fellow peers who honestly need better role models than what they see on TV and hear on the radio. Any parent who has teenagers could also take some lessons from this book. Will really give you a great insight on what goes on in your teenagers head when you are trying to get them to "talk to you". Overall a must read for all teenagers and parents!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I would say that because this book is written by a fifteen year old that it is more suitable to YA but in reality upon reading it I found myself very much enthralled and can say this book would appeal to anyone. The basis of the book is a look at family drug abuse from the point of view of Savanna a teenager who not only has manage to survive her family but has shown amazing wisdom is her life choices. In this book we hear her speak of having to loan money to her father and gifts going missing al I would say that because this book is written by a fifteen year old that it is more suitable to YA but in reality upon reading it I found myself very much enthralled and can say this book would appeal to anyone. The basis of the book is a look at family drug abuse from the point of view of Savanna a teenager who not only has manage to survive her family but has shown amazing wisdom is her life choices. In this book we hear her speak of having to loan money to her father and gifts going missing all from a child's perspective. Written with a sort of innocence and brought together by her grandmother's help this book is both heartbreaking and inspiring. I would say two thumbs up a must read for everyone whether you've been effected by drug abuse or not.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I bought this book for my 10 year old daughter but thought I should read it first. Many of the books I have found about drugs and addiction go into too much detail for her to absorb but this book nails the plain simple language that Tweens and teens can understand. The first person accounts really make her feel like she isn't the only kid in the world with a drug addicted parent who has forsaken her. Alot of practical advice is shared for dealing with peer pressure and sticky situations. This is I bought this book for my 10 year old daughter but thought I should read it first. Many of the books I have found about drugs and addiction go into too much detail for her to absorb but this book nails the plain simple language that Tweens and teens can understand. The first person accounts really make her feel like she isn't the only kid in the world with a drug addicted parent who has forsaken her. Alot of practical advice is shared for dealing with peer pressure and sticky situations. This is a wonderful book written by an amazing teenager.

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    Abby

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