25 Proven Strategies to Limit Success and Decrease Happiness

by Melanie Barrett

Book Cover: How to Hate High School
ISBN: 978-1-7774140-0-9

People who tell you they wish they could go back to high school, are either lying or have forgotten how hard it was. But it doesn't have to be!

High school can be an amazing time of positive experiences, good friends, academic success and personal growth. But by simply falling into certain habits, it can become much less enjoyable than it should be.

In How to Hate High School, seasoned teacher Melanie Barrett, shares 25 strategies that lead to limited success and decreased happiness during students' high school journeys.

With her characteristic frankness, she encourages students to recognize how their own choices and behaviors can impact their experience in high school, and prompts them to make a plan to be successful and happy.

This is a must read if you:

  • are about to start high school
  • are currently in high school
  • love someone in high school
  • teach high school
  • influence young people about high school

Honest and to the point, this book will empower readers to take control of their high school experiences and enjoy the journey, for real.

Publisher: Marmalade Books



Since you are reading this book, it is likely that you are about to face, or have already begun, your high school journey. I’ll be honest, it will be a difficult few years full of multiple hurdles, rocky roads, and steep hills to climb. But it is also a journey full of new adventures, meaningful experiences, amazing people, and massive personal growth. You can either challenge yourself to embrace all of the positives and learn to successfully navigate the roadblocks, or struggle through the negatives and trip over obstacles you find in your path. The choice is yours. This book provides you with 25 simple strategies you can use to help you struggle through high school if you are determined to take this route. Following each strategy, there is a space you can use to create an action plan to help you apply what you have read to your situation. However, if you want to learn to overcome obstacles and enjoy a very special four years of your life, you can flip all of these strategies around and develop a more positive action plan for success.

Struggle or Succeed.

Hate or Enjoy.

The choice is yours. I hope you choose wisely.


About the Author

Melanie has been a successful and influential Secondary School Teacher for over twenty years. In that time, she has supported 1000’s of students and 100’s of colleagues in developing their motivation and productivity skills. She has a passion for helping people become their best selves and she loves sharing positive ways to improve personal mindset. She lives near the lake in Toronto with her spouse and their loving and brilliant dog. She continues to be a work in progress, and she likes it that way.