Book Review: “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens” by Sean Covey

7 Habits Highly Effective Teens

The Book

Being a teenager is both wonderful and challenging. In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, author Sean Covey applies the timeless principles of the 7 Habits to teens and the tough issues and life-changing decisions they face. In an entertaining style, Covey provides a step-by-step guide to help teens improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve their goals, get along with their parents, and much more. In addition, this book is stuffed with cartoons, clever ideas, great quotes, and incredible stories about real teens from all over the world. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens will engage teenagers unlike any other book.

An indispensable book for teens, as well as parents, grandparents, and any adult who influences young people, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens is destined to become the last word on surviving and thriving as a teen and beyond.

My Thoughts

This was SUCH a great book. I read it in preparation for writing a Bible curriculum series about choices, and I ended up being just as inspired as I hope the teens who go through my series will be! :) I can’t say enough good about this book. To me, the first half in particular was superb. The book is divided into four parts:

Part One: How habits make or break you and the importance of making principle-governed choices
Part Two: Being proactive, controlling your destiny so no one else will, and having will- and “won’t-” power
Part Three: Handling relationships and seeking to understand others
Part Four: “Sharpening the saw” — renewing yourself

One thing that made this book so great was how fun it was to read. The many, many stories were interesting and inspiring, and the quotes, poems, and graphics interspersed throughout the book made it an intriguing read. I wish I’d read this book as a teenager! Maybe it would have helped me use better sense in some of my decisions…

On Amazon, 303 out of 500 reviews were 5-star. I skimmed through some of the lower ratings, and people mostly said that this book was all common sense, or that it didn’t contain any miraculous revelations. That’s true — yet, to me, this book contained the kind of common sense many Americans don’t have — or don’t choose to use. The more good stuff you put in your mind, the more good will be reflected in your life. So to me, even if some of the content is common sense, mindfully choosing to dwell on how to be a better, more fulfilled person will ultimately yield those results.

This book is not a “Christian” book, but I believe God would be pleased if we would all try to live by the principles outlined in it since they agree with the Bible.

There was only one aspect I didn’t like about the book, and that was in the chapter on synergy. It inferred that no one faith is the “only” way, and of course, as a Christian, I believe that Jesus is the only way.

All in all, awesome book! I totally recommend. I would love to read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 7 Habits of Happy Kids.

I give this book 5 stars.

Please know that ratings from 3.5 to 4.5 are good. I rarely rate a book a 5 as that wouldn’t leave a sufficient rating for those mind-blowingly great books that come along from time to time!


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About the Author

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

Sean Covey is Senior Vice President of Innovations and Products at FranklinCovey, a world-renowned organization devoted to helping individuals and organizations achieve greatness. Sean graduated from BYU with a degree in English and later earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. As the starting quarterback for BYU, he led his team to two bowl games and received numerous honors. He is the author of Fourth Down and Life to GoThe 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make, and the international bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, which has sold over three million copies and was translated into more than fifteen languages. He is a popular speaker to youth and adult groups on topics such as leadership.

Sean’s favorite things include going to movies, eating Mexican food, writing, producing short films, playing with his kids, riding his motorcycle, reading The Far Side comics, and shooting paintballs. He adheres to the common saying, “You’re only young once, but you can be immature forever.” He and his wife, Rebecca, live with their kids in the Rocky Mountains.


  1. Danielle Hull says:

    Thank you for sharing this one! So many books for teens default to the “teen culture” as acceptable, and it makes me crazy! Glad to hear this isn’t one of them and will be getting it for the young adults at our house!

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