a person in their teens or early twenties.“the app is especially popular with teenagers and young adults”
denoting or relating to fiction, films, television programs, etc., intended or suitable for adolescents, especially those in their mid to late teens.“young adult novels”
I am a teenager. I am the age of the book characters that I read about. Yet why is it that I don’t have the life of any of these characters or better yet a life that is remotely similar to these characters. I’m not saying this applies to all books, but a majority of young adult novels shows the “dream teen life” instead of an actual teenage life.
Let’s start with something that all teens just adore and love.
I go to a creative writing school which means not only do I get assignments in my educational classes, but I also have a lot of writing assignments to do daily. So when do I sleep? The answer is I don’t. I would be lucky to get a night of five hours of sleep. Because I’m either studying, doing homework, writing, taking notes, or better yet studying for my SAT/ACT. I’ve gone into my junior year which means I need to start thinking about college and my GPA, and it is stressful enough for a girl and books are a way wind that down for me.
I don’t always have the time to read but I try to make time. Because reading is one of the only escapes have out of my stressed out life. There’s a reason why I am a huge fan of fantasy, paranormal, magical realism. They are not like my world! They don’t have school! They don’t have these classes! So for a little while, I get to live out these lives and be stress free.
Then I read contemporary novels and it kind of ruins that for me. I don’t think i’ve ever seen a book character study for a test all day and night, not communicating with her friends, and then still proceed to get a bad grade even though she tried. I think the closest I can get to that is Genie Lo but I did say there were some exceptions. And school puts a lot of weight on your shoulders, and sometimes you do fall from that weights. I for one do get panic attacks sometimes but I try and make myself calm down and take a deep breath. Last night, I stayed up for five hours, finishing up three projects that were do the next day. After I was done, I don’t think I left my floor for a good twenty minutes. I was just staring at my mirror, truly wondering why am I doing this to myself. Because I need to get into a good college? Cause if I don’t get into a good college I won’t have good job? That will lead to a horrible life where I can’t provide for my family? Do you ever see that in books? Like truly see the thought process that teens have about school and how unbelievably stressful it can be.
I do go out a lot. I’m going to admit that. Yet only on weekends. You won’t see me anywhere else other than my school or my house on weekdays. I don’t have the time. Yet the characters in some books have that time. They have the time to go out for a smoothie with a friend and just talk about something so simple like guys or weekend plans. So simple, yet why is it so difficult for some teens to be able to do. School is something else and it does take up most of your mind. But it’s not only during the school year.
I’ve read my fair share of “bucket list” books or that “let’s go on a road trip” book and let me just say that is so incredibly unrealistic. It takes my parents some convincing just so I can sleepover at a friend’s house. I wouldn’t even dream about asking them to go out on a road trip with five of my friends and three guys with no adult supervision. You might as well just wish for a million dollars.
Why is this happening?
Because the books we read aren’t written by teenagers. Yes, they were teenagers before but things have drastically changed throughout the years. It’s not their fault, they can’t turn back time, yet it doesn’t hurt to ask.
What others have to say
This post was inspired by a tweet I saw today by Sprinkled Pages
And there were those who responded like me with a “YES! SO TRUE!” and there were those who gave recommendations to books where they actually portray the teen life well and let me say *adds to checkout*
I’ve also asked two of my friends what they had to say.
Breakdowns never happen in books, especially books about teenagers. The teen goes through so many changes and feels so much(hopefully I mean if it’s a good book) and than after the climax all that emotion is never seen again. They never blow up at parents or throw a tantrum or just break down crying. Parties basically never happen anymore. Sure they’re still a thing but the Internet is more popular now. Friday night Netflix and chill is way more popular than going out. Nobody wants to leave their sweatpants and blankets.
Anyways I want to know what you guys think. I know this doesn’t apply to every single book out there but there is that majority and it solely my opinion on the matter. Anyways, I want to know if there are any other examples in books you would use, I actually do 🙂