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The Reality of Teen Dating Violence

The Reality of Teen Dating ViolenceThoughts from Christine Doré Miller...It’s been years since my abusive relationship ended. 18 years to be exact. I was a teenager then, when my high school boyfriend and I officially parted ways as we headed to different colleges. But it wasn’t the storybook young lover saga I’d so desperately craved as a hopeless romantic teen. It was sad, confusing, a…

Diagnosis NOPE!!

Diagnosis NOPE!! Why Neurodiversity is Crucial in YA FictionThoughts from Deidre Huesmann...“You’re just lazy.”“Stop procrastinating. This is why you’re failing school!”“You don’t have anxiety, all teenagers are dramatic.”“ADHD? I doubt it. More likely, you weren’t disciplined enough as a child.”“What do you have to be depressed about? Your teen years are golden.”“Stop faking it!”“You just wa…

The Stigma of Mental Illness

Thoughts from CARRIE BEAMER...The world literally has thousands of people trudging through their daily lives while struggling with some type of untreated mental illness. There’s a stigma surrounding mental illness that makes people feel that having anxiety, depression or any type of disorder equals weakness. No one should have to fear telling someone they’re not okay. I wrote SIGNS WE DON’T SEE so…

The Importance of Authentic LGBTQIA+ Characters

Thoughts from KATE LARKINDALE...Being a teenager is hard. It’s a time of life where new feelings can be overwhelming. The changes happening to one person may not be the same as the changes that happen to another. Friendships that have endured throughout childhood may be strained to breaking point when friends develop in different ways and find new tribes that better suit their new interests and…