|•||You got through last year, though you hope nobody asks you how. ("OK, at least now I know the ropes.") But now you start to question if you really fit in with the kids you call your friends. It's just that you're changing so fast and they all seem to be staying in the same place. But what's even crazier is that you act just like them when you are with them, even though that isn't who you are -- at least anymore.|
|•||At the same time you dedicate yourself to your friends. Passionate relationships, including passionate same-sex relationships, new friendships, form and flower. Sometimes they cause a family crisis. ("Where did you come up with him?" "What do you see in her?""must you spend every hour with them?")|
|•||You take a hard look at yourself and it puts you in a panic. ("I guess I'm not going to win an Olympic medal or be a professional superstar athlete.")|
|•||You keep thinking about SEX! (I have no idea what it means, but it sure sounds like fun. Don't worry, I have all the answers.)|
|•||A Car! Freedom. Independence. Your own music. You reprogram the station presets, you scrape their old decals off the windows and bumpers. An apartment on wheels!|
|•||You ask yourself if you really should throw that party. You could get away with it if you time it just right. Or should you go to that party what'sher-name is having? (If there is one pretty near-certainty, if experience with just about every school in the country counts, this is what will|
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Publication information: Book title: Field Guide to the American Teenager:A Parent's Companion. Contributors: Joseph Di Prisco - Author, Michael Riera - Author. Publisher: Perseus Publishing. Place of publication: Cambridge, MA. Publication year: 2000. Page number: 288.
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