The Teenage Textbook

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The Teenage Textbook is a novel by the Singaporean author Adrian Tan, first published by Hotspot Books in 1988. The book was a bestseller in Singapore, and was followed by a sequel, The Teenage Workbook, in 1989. The books followed the life of a female student named Mui Ee, studying at the fictitious Paya Lebar Junior College in Singapore. The two books sold over 50,000 copies. Tan wrote the books while he was an undergraduate law student at the National University of Singapore.

In 1998, The Teenage Textbook was made into a film, The Teenage Textbook Movie, starring Melody Chen and Caleb Goh, which topped the box office in Singapore for four weeks. It was also made into a stage play by The Necessary Stage, starring Hossan Leong and Mark Richmond.

In 2015, The Teenage Textbook was selected by The Business Times as one of the Top 10 English Singapore books from 1965–2015, alongside titles by Arthur Yap and Daren Shiau. [1]


  1. ^ Yusof, Helmi. "Tomes that show us how we live". The Business Times. Singapore Press Holdings. Retrieved 5 January 2015.

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