Waiting on Wednesday (26)

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You by Charles Benoit
HarperTeen/9.1.2010
Description from GoodReads (A Note from the Author):
It’s easy to forget that we spend our early teens afraid. We’re afraid of fitting in, standing out, or being ignored. We worry that we’ll never get a date, never get into college, and never amount to anything. Just like everyone predicts.
It’s also easy to discount these fears. Looking back, it seems impossible that we would have stayed awake all night worrying about what someone else thought of our clothes or that we ever doubted our abilities, our potential. But that’s only because we know how the story ends.
I wanted to write a book that started with these fears as givens, bottling them in tight and capping them off with that artificial indifference genetically required of all teens. Kyle Chase is not a bad kid. He’s not a good kid, either. He’s a typical kid. He’s any kid. And, at one point in your life, he was you.

I’m in love with the note from the author. It’s so true and, even though everyone knows that they aren’t alone as they experience these feelings, it is still so compelling every time someone says it aloud, or types it out, or puts it into a book. That feeling of understanding is totally and completely magnetic.

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