Coming of Age review: Why do teenagers take such risks? A new book has some answers

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Coming of Age review: Why do teenagers take such risks? A new book has some answers

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Coming of Age
Lucy Foulkes (Bodley Head (UK); Vintage Digital (US))

In the teen movie Mean Girls, protagonist Cady Heron arrives at a US high school having grown up in Africa. Baffled by her peers and the social hierarchies of school, she approaches things as her zoologist parents would – documenting the people around her as if they were animals living on the savannah.

In her new book, Coming of Age: How adolescence shapes us, psychologist Lucy Foulkes takes a similar approach to decoding the rulebook of adolescence,…



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