The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

“Be proactive” and “Think win-win” are just two of the habits this author encourages teens to embrace. Covey’s advice follows the philosophy that actions should be based on principles, not friends or parental expectations. For Grades 8-12.

288 pages. ©2014.
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Reader Reviews for this Book


Review posted May 5, 2021


very helpful


Review posted March 18, 2021


"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" has so much good content from understanding the "circle of control," time management, developing win-win habits, listening and problem-solving skills and more. I found value in this book as an adult reader and think a teen would learn from it, too. I really liked the poem on the value of time from different perspectives.


Review posted July 23, 2020


My 15 and 16 year old read this together and they really enjoyed it. Both of them like the ideas and thought they could implement the strategies.


Review posted July 12, 2020


Good book for teens!


Review posted July 9, 2020


Ordered this book for my son. He is enjoying reading


Review posted May 16, 2020


Absolutely cannot put it down! Enjoy authors who use 'conversation english' as it is how we speak.


Review posted January 21, 2020


I love this book for teens I come across in my small OR town. I order this and gift it to them if hopes they gleam the valuable practices discussed.


Review posted December 1, 2019


This was an excellent book, giving lots of ideas for how to help my teenagers to improve themselves, their relationships, their motivation, and their lives overall as they work to become citizens who will bless and positively influence their communities as they become productive adults. I enjoyed reading it and am looking forward to having them read and discuss what they learn ... and having all of us practice the methods Covey gives in this book.


Review posted November 25, 2019


Good book


Review posted November 8, 2019


Listened to the book with my daughter.


Review posted October 23, 2019


This was an eye opening book for my young teen and I to read through together and talk about issues she faces.


Review posted October 10, 2019


great book


Review posted July 27, 2019


My grandson has really enjoyed reading this book, it has even come before playing games on his phone. As soon as my other grandchildren are older, I will have them read this book too.


Review posted July 22, 2019


I picked this book thinking about my high school students. It’s an absolute gem and I wish I have read it as an adolescent. It can still be enjoyed by adults as well. The book is written clearly with excellent anecdotes and great ideas and inspirations on how to take charge of your life. I will be recommending this book to my students for sure!


Review posted July 5, 2019


This book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, is written in a way that is easy to understand for those of all ages. Itnisnorganized well and easy to follow along. As an adult, itnis interesting to see a book that adapted a version for adults that was previously released. I feel I can use this in my classes of high school age students as it is easy for them to understand and follow.


Review posted June 26, 2019


Looks like a great book that I hope my son will enjoy.

Lacey Henneke

Review posted June 22, 2019


I enjoyed this book because it can be used in many populations. Teenagers can use it. Teachers can use it. Clinicians can use it to work with adolescents.


Review posted May 30, 2019


I LOVE this book! It breaks down life skills into easy to understand habits that make sense to kids. I have used 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey and the elementary school level and I'm excited to start a book club or skills group with middle schoolers!


Review posted May 28, 2019


Possibly the best version of the classic Covey information to date (the audio version).


Review posted May 17, 2019


Surprisingly effective for an adult as well a wealth of information


Review posted May 10, 2019


My teen was reluctant to read anything in this book, but once I started reading it outloud and saying things like "Oh, listen to this part" or "Did you know that..." she opened herself up to it. I walked into her room the other night to find her laying in bed, cell phone within reach, reading this book! If that's not a miracle, I dont know what is! lol

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Review posted February 16, 2019


Our 15 year old daughter read this book and loves it. I plan to read it myself, too.


Review posted January 14, 2019


This is a wonderful book for teens and parents to read ti help the child grow into an amazing person.


Review posted December 16, 2018


I’m so excited to add pieces of this book to my junior high classroom. We’re constantly talking about how you can make choices that will make success that much easier. Now I have this organized structure for planning. Love it!


Review posted October 17, 2018


I ordered this for my son and me to read. I enjoyed it, however my son was not as thrilled.


Review posted October 16, 2018


This book is helpful to me as a Pediatrician, as a father and to make sense of my own experience as an adolescent. With good humor and tangible methods for my patients, my family and myself, I recommend this book to anyone!

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Review posted October 5, 2018


I adore using this book as a mentoring tool. It is written in student-friendly language and balances humor with wisdom.


Review posted October 4, 2018


This is a good book with some great tip!


Review posted September 11, 2018


Excellent book and love this version for teens!


Review posted September 11, 2018


I noticed it was updated and it was very informative.


Review posted August 2, 2018


It was good information but might not hold a teenagers attention


Review posted June 19, 2018


Excellent book to help teens get a leg up on life. Loved it!


Review posted May 29, 2018


Wonderful information for teens presented in a fun to read format.


Review posted May 15, 2018


Love how it is directed at teens. I think it is a great reminder for them.


Review posted May 14, 2018


wonderful reading with my girls.


Review posted May 12, 2018


Great book to be shared in a small group with TEENS. This book is best used in an educational setting with the opportunity for teens ask questions with supporting adults.


Review posted April 6, 2018


Gave this book to my teen....he loved it!


Review posted February 12, 2018


This is a very practically yet inspiring book for teens that helps lay down a roadmap for how to be "highly effective". Though very informative, it seemed that each teen I tried to share it with found it to long to wade through independently and they lost interest. I am trying to figure out how to use it in youth development pulling out bite sized nuggets rather than the whole book or assigning sections. It's too good not to use, I just have to figure out how. Thank you for the great read!


Review posted October 1, 2017


I think this book is a must read for all teenagers and even for adults. It gives practical valuable information and examples in a easily understood format. The teenage years are sometimes hard to navigate, your not a child any longer, but also not yet an adult. This book helps teens set the foundation for bridging that gap into adulthood.


Review posted September 21, 2017


I have not read the book to know how this audiobook compares, but this seemed to be a summary interview of the principles with the author. I think the real life testimonials were great reinforcements for the listeners how they could apply these to their lives. I don't feel like I read the book after this, as much as I think it was an introduction to the book and it's philosophies. I could see this being utilized in a classroom setting though.

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Review posted September 5, 2017


What a great book to use with teens to generate authentic conversation about social-emotional skills they need to explore and develop to become positive contributors to their communities. The books provides fun ways to boost interaction, provides fun, age-appropriate art work/graphics, and is designed out in a way that allows the reader to stay engaged. I especially loved the chapter on synergy.

Toby Abraham-Rhine

Review posted July 3, 2017


The content of this book is excellent. Written for teens, it provides logical, practical and doable advice for living a healthy, well-rounded and happier adolescence. The author does not shy away from the potential pitfalls of teenhood, but offers candor and humor in his conversational tone, even sharing his own personal challenges as a teen. It would be an ideal read for every teen and has been used as a textbook in high schools. Perhaps in trying to relate to teens, the author has used modern day colloquialism and incorrect grammar, or perhaps the editor did not catch common errors that have become the norm in America. Hence, only 4 stars. Having read the original edition several years ago, I was pleased with the updates and the author's sensitive and accurate handling of new issues facing our youth. I would love to know what today's teens think of the 7 Habits and their application to their lives. I hope they are open to it because the results, when practiced only set a person on the road to a healthy, happy and balanced life.

Moira McKenna

Review posted June 21, 2017


What I really like about this book is captured by that of a Growth Mindset. Each Habit is geared to reach teenagers in an approachable, age-appropriate way, making the book engaging. There are many specific, important principles introduced in an explicit manner. In education, what I think about are the students who may not independently engage in the content of this text, or who may not otherwise have exposure to the Habits and principles introduced by this text. This is the group of students who myself and others want to reach in order to build resilience. There would be high utility with that of accompanying lesson plans that included strategies for independent thinking, group work, and high rates of engagement. These lessons could be a stand alone for a smaller group, or embedded within the context of a grade-earning/credit-earning class. Lessons would be accompanied by a document that identified alternate strategies for the transfer and generalization of skills taught, across settings.


Review posted June 15, 2017


Having read the traditional "& Habits of Highly Effective People," I was curious to read the revision, especially after my teenage daughter had shared that it was recommended reading for her leadership class. The original reads like a textbook and can be challenging to get through, but this updated version has the same major lessons with a quick, easy-to-process format. It really is a fast read. I miss the depth of the original, though, and some of the pop culture references will soon be outdated. It's a great introduction to the 7 Habits, especially for young readers or for adults who are new to personal growth reading.


Review posted May 23, 2016


A very readable book, full of solid advice. I hope my sons will read this when they are ready.


Review posted May 19, 2016


Love this book. I even order the workbook to accompany it. Love how he took the habits from his dad's book and made them relevant for teens.


Review posted May 18, 2016


Very straightforward, easy to read book for teens. The mix of sound advice and humor is very appealing, as is the layout of the book. Teens will do well following the principles of this well-written book.


Review posted April 25, 2016


Great resource for people working with adolescents, does not disappoint, worth the time!


Review posted January 3, 2016


I picked up this book to review as a potential discussion tool for the youth group I co-lead. Fairly quickly in chapter one, I had all but decided that this book wasn't going to work. The author, in my opinion, talks down to kids while attempting to sound "cool." I could imagine my kids rolling their eyes, even as I read. But I decided to keep on, and quickly changed my mind. I can't be sure whether the tone that irritated me in the beginning mellowed out or if I just got used to it. Either way, I decided that the really valuable content outweighs all that. I really appreciate the way this book breaks important habits into manageable steps so that none of it seems terribly overwhelming or out of reach. There is even a section at the end of each chapter called "Baby Steps" that outline small, concrete ways the youth can put these new habits into practice. I also like the way the book is written in such a way that it builds on itself. However, our group won't be able to discuss this book more than once a month, and this book is written in such a way that each chapter can stand alone, if needed.

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Review posted December 16, 2015


If you like Stephen Covey and have a teenager, you will like this book. It does require the teen to start with some self-motivation, but there are some good activities even if they are not excited about the idea of becoming an effective teen. I especially liked the section on writing a mission statement, as it could really elicit some deep thinking and self-reflection.


Review posted November 22, 2015


An informative book for teens, those who work with teens and latebllomers.


Review posted October 13, 2015


After a brief review, I gave this book to my 13 year old daughter, Nisha, and asked for her review. She told me she '..already knew about most of the (book)'. Somehow I doubt this to be true, but completing this review reminds me that she and I are not done discussing this further. I appreciate this reminder, and love the free books!


Review posted September 30, 2015


Like his father's book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens is one of the most powerful positive thinking books on the market. The layout of the book is fun, easy to read, and will appeal to readers of any age. Although it's aimed at teens, the values and tips can apply to anyone. Even as a 'mature' adult, I enjoyed the exercises, which are still applicable. I believe teens will be inspired by Sean's frankness and the real life stories of teenagers who have overcome difficulties and still succeed in the end. A great read, highly recommended!

Sylvan Leef

Review posted August 11, 2015


This is a grand book, well-written for teens (which are these days politically-correctly known as YOUTH) It's pretty marvelous. Though I am a hundred years past teen-dom, it took me back to my own teens in a way that was startling. That is a super-difficult period of life. Jean Nidetch Put it best: "It';s choice--not chance--that determines your destiny." The last 16 pages took me a week to read, as he jumped style and became deeply serious. Youth and those who wish to understand them would be justified and helped by reading this book. And! It's pretty well written as well! Lee Pelley, Manager/SYLVAN LEEF Inc.


Review posted July 28, 2015


This book is very inspirational for teens of this day and age to do the right thing in life and to work hard for a better future! Not only does Sean Covey explain things in his own serious yet comical way, he shares personal anecdotes from himself and kids my age. Then, he gave helpful advice to aid everyone who has that issue and how to avoid the problem entirely. Without lecturing he has helped in so many ways. With fun activities sprinkled in, it made me want to keep reading. Also, at the end of every chapter there are "baby steps" to help start and enforce the new habit. I will recommend this book to everyone I know! A beneficial and valuable instant favorite ;-)


Review posted April 3, 2015


Very good book for conversations with teenagers. It is easy to read with great examples to help illustrate important issues.


Review posted March 16, 2015


Glad that the author added more information. I have been using the originally published book for years. Thank you!


Review posted February 5, 2015


Loved this book!!!