YA fiction answers, “Enough about me. What about me?”

Why are teens self-absorbed? Because they are teens. As one wise counselor from a Native American community explained to me, the teen years are the shortest period in a person’s development, and they are years jam-packed with growth and change. Those years are all about practice, practice, practice for adult life. Teen characters’ voices reflect their limited self-awareness, and their volatile reactions.

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