Amy Tuso writes stories about high school because she knows the importance, value and overall impact those four short years have on all of us. She remembers high school in graphic detail, yet chooses to still spend her days within its halls. She is a social worker specializing in substance abuse and violence prevention in a high school setting. She has found that in high school what is normal becomes grey and is based more in perception than reality. Her stories represent both the perceptions and the realities of growing up; they are a journey through clichés, brutal honesty and true friendship. She believes that what doesn’t destroy us makes us stronger, but being strong doesn’t mean having all the answers.
In our youth we feel the most, know the most, and experience every second of our existence. We are never as impressionable nor impressed. Our hearts are open and our minds expanding. Take a break to remember yourself, how you lived and loved, during your moldable youth.
Zoe is surrounded by pom-pom waiving friends and guys who value bodies more than brains. Rather than being the one that makes sense, she feels like the crazy one. Zoe finds herself with an irrational crush while trying to help a friend. Her calm demeanor is shaken as her emotions are brutalized, and her take charge personality must be reigned in to save a friend from herself. Some scars change us.