The Boy Files was Alex's first book and is published by Wayland, a division of Hachette Children's books. It's available to order from Amazon.co.uk here and can be found in all major book shops.
A frank, up-to-the-minute guide to boys' growing up issues. The Boy Files offers friendly advice, practical tips and support to help boys navigate the physical and mental rollercoaster of puberty and guide them gently through the potential pitfalls. From willy worries, shaving and body hair, to girls, spots, bullying and staying safe in a cyber world, The Boy Files' chatty, big-brotherly style is a feel-good reference source for 'tweens and young teens.
52 Teen Girl Problems & How To Solve Them and 52 Teen Boy Problems & How To Solve Them are Alex's second and third books. Aimed at a more mature teenage audience (13 - 16 years) they offer essential advice on issues that WILL affect your teen. They are available to order from Amazon here
"Agony Uncle, relationship expert, journalist and blogger, Alex Hooper-Hodson received upwards of 2,000 letters a month from teen boys and girls aged 12-16. All can be related to 52 core issues that affect teenage boys and girls today - from first sexual relationships, dealing with unwanted sexual attention, how to avoid Facebook mistakes, how drink, drugs and on-line gaming can affect your life - to the social and emotional aspects of family, friends and relationships. Through a 'Problem Page' format Alex explores the key issues that today's teens face."
Reviews for The Boy Files:
By L.V. Buckmaster: Brilliant book! Just what we needed!, 21 Mar 2014
I bought this book for my son last year. When it arrived I planned to have a flick through it to have a nose before passing it on to him but ended up reading it all first! It is fantastically written and uses language and situations that teenage boys can relate to easily as well as being funny and informative! My son keeps his copy on his bedside table and is constantly going back to it to re-read sections! All in all, well worth buying!
By L. Byworth (Singapore): Great book for a teenager, 5 Feb 2014
I haven't read it all yet only flicked through it. But I like the layout of the book I think he will enjoy this book very much. It covers all subjects you would expect a teenager to be inquisitive about.
By Robert Wilks: A Really Useful Guide for Kids - from a Very Grateful Father, 24 Jan 2014
An excellent purchase and well worth every penny. I'm quite proud that I have a robust line of communication with my son. No subject too large, no subject too small. HOWEVER with that being said we all remember there were still topics of conversation which maybe were a little too uncomfortable to discuss with our parents or maybe we just wanted to hear about other kids' experience just to know we aren't that different after all. My son is just the same. As we enter into the adolescent years a friend at work suggested this book as an excellent guide to navigate and assist through the stickier conversations. The proof was in the pudding at bedtime when my son, who had originally pulled a bit of a face when he unwrapped this as a Xmas present, exclaimed joyously he'd just found out his rather unusual personal "dilemma" wasn't as unusual or unique as he first thought and was in fact perfectly normal. A MASSIVE THANK-YOU to the author for your excellent, practical and straight-forward guide - I've no doubt this will become worth it's weight in gold over the coming years.
By Kazz77: Easy Reading, 2 Jan 2014
My son has been reading this book in small bite size pieces. I feel it is a book that he will keep going back to over the next couple of years. He is 14.
By Mrs K M Staples: Funny and informative, 2 Oct 2013
My son wasn't too happy that I had bought him this book but when it arrived he opened it and started reading it out to me. It is very funny and helps deal with a sometimes difficult situation. Not embarrasing!
Mrs Wendy Gibson-Smith: Saves me doing the talking, 16 Sep 2013
As a mother of sons, this book explains in much more detail than I as a woman could explain, and my son has really enjoyed reading it. I will certainly be passing it on to my younger sons prior to them joining high school.
By Gillian Dewfall: Fantastic, 9 July 2013
Written perfectly for boys to read.....it's like a manual for puberty. Really easy to access information with lots of tips including advice on health while boys go through puberty
By Matthew F: Well written and comprehensive, 20 Jun 2013
This book is great. My son has found the way it is written both approachable and informative. The use of superheroes and real life situations speaks to him in a way that a dry textbook cannot.
Greg C: I wish someone had written this 25 years ago, 28 May 2013
A friend told me about this book and I got it for my nephew. I meant to just skim read a chapter before giving it to him and ended up reading the whole book.
It is a great book, really well written to get the information across and I am somewhat jealous that there wasn't a book like this written 25 years ago as it something that would have answered a lot of questions and made life considerably less stressful at that difficult time in life.
Hopefully it will also mean that we don't get asked some of those embarrassing questions about health and sex that children always ask in a loud voice, in public and at inappropriate times.