We would like to express our gratitude to our colleagues, friends, associates, and family members who made invaluable contributions to the writing of this book. It would be impossible to single out every person who helped shape this book with an insight, a question, a critique, or a kindness, but here are some of them:
Francesca Applegarth. Dan Barrett. Laurie Bottoms. Bodie Brizendine. Betty Buck. Bill Bullard. Rick Clarke. Annie Condon. C. Slade Crawford. Nan Fredotovich. Tony Fredotovich. John A. Gray. Tucker Hiatt. Fred Hoerner. Elaine Howard. Robert J. Kelly. Khris Lundy. Craig McGarvey. Christine McQuade. Donald McQuade. Elise Miller. Samantha Sanderson. Carlton H. Tucker. David Wood. Samantha Weaver. Valerie Wright. Shafia Zaloom. The San Francisco Bay Area Deans' Group.
Elizabeth Trupin-Pulli, our wonderful literary agent and friend, without whom this book would remain merely an idea. Thanks for your timely words of wisdom and for keeping us on track throughout.
Marnie Cochran, our editor at Perseus Publishing, who understood this book from the beginning and whose energy, dedication, and intelligence spurred us forward. Also, Donna MacCletchie, Lissa Warren, Marco F. Pavia, and Chrisona Schmidt of Perseus.
Particular appreciation to Peter Beren and to Joan Ryan.
The teenagers and parents we have taught and worked with and learned from over the years.