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Pacific Book Review

"The tone of So What Comes Next? is friendly, avuncular, kind. The book begins with an informal discussion of self-awareness, particularly as it relates to planning for - you guessed it - what comes next. This is followed by a well written, highly accessible section on goals and action plans.


The reader is asked to characterize him or herself: Are you an introvert? Are you action-oriented? Are you a leader or follower? The exercise is neither glib nor arbitrary: one's responses are then entered into charts and action plans (available as Excel downloads to the reader) that yield working career and life strategies.

Which is super useful - and very cool! The discussion of how today's teens spend their time - broken down by gender - is particularly interesting. The remaining sections of the book on relationships, time management, and success behaviors, amplify and complement what has come before.


Equally important, the book may be a teen's first exposure to the literature of self-help and self-understanding. Topics including 'Happiness', 'Health' and 'Relationships' are highlighted in the quest to make the teenager a highly informed consumer in the catalog of life choices. The author's credibility and authority are further enhanced by his use of the second person - you -- throughout the book.

The information on personality, preferences, relationships and priorities is then factored into the 'Life Plan Workbook' which is the last chapter of the book. Voila! With a modest amount of self-reflection, two to three hours of reading time, and minimal computer skills, any teen will be gifted with a highly personalized map of themselves and of what to do next. Michael A. Deffina's guidebook provides teens with an eminently rational, common-sense approach to what lies ahead. The book is unique, appealing in its candor and brevity, and very well written."


John Ochoa, English Teacher at Elk Grove Unified School District, California Review

"As a middle school teacher and the parent of a teenage boy, I found this book to be a valuable tool, and I recommend it to all of my students as they transition into high school.  It reads easily and gets right to the point, which is so important for holding the attention of young people. Deffina's guide breaks down practical organization and intangible life skills into a manageable plan for young adults to realize their dreams. The specific and personal examples are what my students will grab onto and take with them as they venture into adulthood.  If you know a teenager, have them read this book."


‘Live your life by choice, not by chance’ - Great book for teens

Grady Harp

Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2022


Very useful for teenagers.

Ane Sanchez

Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2022

A must read.


Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2022

Something that I need for self-development and financial growth

Pearl A.

Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2022

Don't Miss Section Three on Relationships!

Chris McLaughlin

Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2022

 Great for teens looking to decide their futures


Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2022

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