Chapter 1 discourses on the various types of families that adolescents can encounter (e.g., gang, foster, adoptive, and birth families). Chapter 2 addresses the matter of diversity in our society—socioeconomic variables, ethnic and race differences, and extant biases against gay and lesbian youngsters. Chapters 3, 4, and 5 focus on child protection options, the juvenile justice system, and the need for educational creativity, and chapter 6 provides a pertinent capsule review of the history of the mental health movement. Frankly, I was ready to defenestrate the book at this point, the material proving hardly more enlightening than the magazines, newspaper editorials, and television reports these pages overabundantly refer to. Clinical examples seem prosaic. Accompanying photos and drawings appear gratuitous. Every now and then, however, refreshing ideas occur. For instance, the authors refer to these youths as heroes for their ability to develop creative survival techniques. They speculate that teenage violence reflects a logical response to the adult hypocrisy these youngsters have experienced. They recommend that foster and adoptive parents be told that the facade of toughness these youngsters present is merely a behavioral masking of trauma and that these youths need unconditional love, compassion, and understanding, as well as role models. They point out that collaboration between agencies is essential for positive results. Similarly, they state that an overemphasis on a DSM diagnosis can be a detriment to the understanding of a child’s behavior.