1. Thank you soooo much for posting this!
    I don’t appreciate when authors use a bunch of profanity in YA novels (because believe it or not, most teens don’t curse in every single sentence, or at least the teenagers I know).
    Also, I extremely dislike when authors don’t use a wide variety of vocabulary words. After a while, everything begins to feel like déjà vu.
    No teen is alike, authors in the YA genre should keep that in mind. I’ve never enjoyed Justin Bieber or One Direction, some of my friends do, some of them don’t. In many ways, teens are similar to adults. For example, not every single adult enjoys a superb romance, and the same goes for teenagers.

    Again, thank you, Miss Kristi. I agree with you on every point.
    Kenzie (age 15)

  2. Slang, and other similar trends, is indeed regional. And some of it can be dumb. For example, using the word “beast” as a synonym for “cool” needs to die in a fire before it becomes this generation’s “radical”.

    Funny enough, this week’s topic at #yalitchat was diversity. We pretty much agreed that we need more of it.

    In a teen’s writing group I was in earlier this summer, I found that we both love mainstream stuff like The Hunger Games, and more “literary” stuff like Thirteen Reasons Why and The Book Thief. Oh, and I got envious of the poetry and satire we produced.

    [Under 18]

  3. Wil

    I taught 9-12 graders for 8 years, including all ranges of intelligences and interests. No two are exactly the same, as you pointed out. However, I don’t believe you can discount the general similarities most teenagers exhibit. For example, teenagers tend to be more self-involved than older groups, as well as more strident advocates of their likes and dislikes, though that advocacy isn’t always well reasoned. Generally, they like what they like and dislike what they don’t. Often vehemently. Their brains are these wonderful, awful, stews of hormones, emotions, and whatever you would call what happens when their own ideas begin to take shape in accordance with, or in the face of their parents beliefs. I enjoyed teaching all of them, even the jerks, because it was something new every day.

  4. Thanks for posting this! Indeed, slang is regional and so very time sensitive. The slang written in a novel today, might not be sold until next year, and published for another two years after that. By then, the slang may already be passe.

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