Peer Pressure and The Hard Way

Good Morning! Ever thought about how peer pressure is portrayed in a book? How a story can make the issue more relatable to the reader? Today I want to talk about a challenge that teens face, peer pressure. And how the first book in The Way Series, The Hard Way, talks about it.

Young Adult thinking about peer pressure

What is peer pressure?

Peer pressure is any type of influence, positive or negative, that comes from a peer group. This peer group can be a group that is all the same age or a group that holds similar interests. When we talk about resisting peer pressure, it could say that the pressure from our peers may all be negative. However, some of it is positive pressure which can help us make a good choice for us that we are just scared to make. The resisting peer pressure is more about stopping to think about whether the decision that is right for you, and not to let your peers determine it for you.

But it is hard to not be a part of the group. To take a stand and say I am not going to do that and walk away. So, we take a chance and do what our peers want us to do. Sometimes we get away with it and learn from it. But sometimes, there are consequences to deal with.

Like we talked about last month in my post, Giving Into Peer Pressure, Paul Jones, the main character in The Hard Way, gives into pressure from his peers and does something he wouldn’t normally do. He sets up an explosive device under his high school’s football bleachers. He doesn’t want to do it, but he doesn’t want to let the guys in his “gang” down either.

Paul makes his choice

So, what does he decide to do? He sets the explosive device, gets caught, and serves time in juvenile detention. This choice changes his life. He doesn’t get to attend high school for his sophomore year. He instead completes his homework in study periods in juvie. His relationships with his friends change and he is challenged to earn their trust back.

And all of that happens because of one choice his peers pressured him to make. He was pressured because he knew it was wrong to do, but he wanted to be loyal to the gang, so he chose to do it. But, like I said earlier, it is hard to make your own decisions when you want to be a part of the group.

Group of kids in class

Resisting peer pressure

In the end, resisting peer pressure is hard to do. We want to feel like we belong to the group and sometimes the only way to do that is do what the group asks us to do, even if we know it is wrong. Sometimes that pressure can be positive and help nudge us to do something we should do and we end up succeeding because of it.

The only way we are able to resist it is to know how we feel about something and stand firm in our choices to honor how we are feeling, even if that goes against what the group has to say. And be aware of the fact that positive peer pressure may not be a bad thing to give into, it may help us to do something we are actually just afraid to do.

Are you looking for resources for teen issues like peer pressure? Check out our resource page on Mentoring A Dream – Resources.

The Hard Way is about giving into peer pressure

Whether the challenge is positive or negative, reading a book about how someone else deals with it can help us. Not only to see that other people face the same challenges, but give us an idea on how to deal with it.

The Hard Way is the first book in The Way Series by Selma P. Verde. It is the story of Paul Jones and his navigating peer pressure to make choices. He had a hard time making a decision about what to do, but gave into peer pressure and it lead to big consequences. Follow the link below to pick up a copy today and find out what choices he makes and how it affected him and his friends.

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The Way Series – Selma P. Verde

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