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Colleen McKie is a freelance writer and editor who quite often works with a cat in her lap or a bird on her shoulder. When she isn't writing or editing, she's reading. And when she isn't reading,she's spending time with her husband or one of the zillion animals that own her.
on Dec. 03, 2012 :
Wow, did this bring back memories! I too was in high school during the 90′s when Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots and many more rose to popularity. I was already hooked on Stephen King too. Yes. I think Colleen and I would have gotten along just fine. :D
For any teens reading this, when your parents say they know what it’s like, trust them, they do! While everyone’s experiences are not exactly the same, they are close, really close. As a society, we try not to lump people into categories, but for whatever reason everyone tends to fall into a certain slot as a teenager. My own daughter began high school this year and while I walked the halls on “Meet the Teacher Day” I looked around and saw all the same people (or groups of people) as when I attended high school. I realized nothing had changed in almost twenty years.
What does that mean? All of these stories being shared by authors are relevant today. Someone, somewhere, is experiencing a similar situation. Colleen’s tale explores the courage to be yourself; which can be a risky business at that age. I have to admit, I was not as brave as she, but I wish I had been. Everyone changes in high school. We all begin to explore who we are, who we want to be, and inevitably this effects our friendships and how we are seen by our peers.
Colleen’s message? Stay true to yourself. It’s the best advice for any young adult.
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