A Parent’s Guide to 1001 Things Every Graduate Should Know (Book)

1001 Things Every Graduate Should Know (How to Succeed in the Adult World) by Harry H. Harrison

Type: Self-Help, Young Adult

Basic Idea: It is a self-help book with over 1001 tips and tricks on many subjects such as picking a major, dealing with dating, and handling money.


Reliability of Information: 3½/5 Very Likely Reliable: Though the sources of information are not often put, the philosophy and principles are both biblical and common sense advice.

Application: 4½/5 Amazing Advice: The advice in the book is both practical and intelligent. It mentions many things that a young adult needs to know about life and brings up many issues a person may not on their own consider, but they need to think about. The only problem I had was that about half of the book contains the same information that the other book 1001 Things Every Teenager Should Know has.

Readability 4/5 Easy to Read: Any teenager or high school graduate that can read should be able to easily understand what the author is saying, as well as appreciate his dry sense of humor.

Overall: 4/5 Amazing: I definitely recommend this book to teenagers and young adults. It should definitely help prepare them to have the mindset they will need as they make the transition from child to adult.

Moral Content

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 3/5 Occasional, Positive Mention: Sex is mentioned, but it is always dealt with as something sacred and not to be played with or used for “business,” mentioning that pregnancy and STDs is the usual consequence of mistreating it. It mentions that teachers should not “hit on you” aka flirt with you. It mentions that a lot of people in college have never held hands. It recommends leaving a person that sexually abuses you.  Adultery, hooking up, dressing immodestly, “protection,” “the pill,” single parenting, and STDs are mentioned. It says one should not live with someone they are not married to. It says “not to post compromising pictures of anyone.” “Kiss of death” is used for descriptive purposes.

Violence: 1/5 Brief Mention: It recommends not getting into a fistfight and that at college it is technically domestic violence.

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: ½/5 Advice Concerning: It mentions that one should know how to “carry on a conversation without using profanity.”

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 1½/5 Brief Mentions: It has a chapter on telling if you have depression. Some symptoms include death, suicide, and crying because “you feel bad for the frogs” in biology class. It mentions assault, falling, funerals m and car crashes. It mentions generally getting hurt. It mentions to avoid fraternities that torture people. Being sick and having panic attacks are mentioned. Throwing up, setting your house on fire, and ending up in the hospital are mentioned. It mentions your mom may cry when you call her. It mentions the negative health affects birth control can have on the heart and bloodstream, as well as nausea. It mentions the diseases that drinking tea can decrease. It mentions “that tanning beds cause… cancer.” Abortion is discouraged. The National Guard is briefly mentioned. Phrases and words like “kick you in the butt,” “killed” and “not dead” are used for descriptive purposes. It mentions your mom may cry when you call her.

Religious Issues: ½/5 Brief Mention: It mentions that some professors are atheist. It mentions never tell anyone if you are using tarot cards.

Magic: 0/5 None

Others: It says one should not want to control how much somebody else drinks. Bars, beer, drunkenness, keggars, nightclubs, partying, nose rings, and tattoos are mentioned, though almost always negatively. There is a chapter on the negative affects and consequences of addictions, drugs, and drinking. Several drugs are mentioned by name. Underage drinking is mentioned. Begin hung over, sober, and stoned are mentioned. The bands Puff Daddy and Twisted Sister are briefly mentioned  as an examples of music you may like that others don’t. Halo is mentioned. It mentions that some professors are communists or sexist. “Smoke-filled” is used for descriptive purposes. Voltaire, a famous atheist author, is mentioned, though not what he did or was. MySpace and Facebook are mentioned. Gambling is mentioned. Dancing is mentioned. It mentions “not to dress like a rock star to an interview unless you are interviewing to be one.”

Overall: 3/5 Teenage Appropriate: Most of the controversial content in the book is presented from a Christian perspective or mentioned neutrally in passing. Because it does talk about sex and drugs though, most Christian parents may want to wait until their children reach the teenage years before giving them this great book.


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