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Defining Myself
I’m not a ‘crazy,’ judgmental Christian
author image Melanie writes about embracing her Christian youth group and how she doesn’t want to be perceived as “crazy” or judgmental.

When I meet a new person I don’t greet them with, “Hi, my name is Melanie and I am a Christian.” If people ask me about my religion I will tell them... [more]

Navigating Love Navigating Love
He's Way Too Needy - She Makes Me Better - My Dad's a Crack Addict And I Love Him - PLUS - What's Hot: Summer Books - Tupac and Me - My Body's Just Fine
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I Identify with Tupac Desmin doesn’t just look like Tupac Shakur; they both grew up in Harlem with single mothers who struggled with crack addiction. Both also used writing to inspire readers to “do better in life.” [more]
MY FIRST TIME: Singing on Stage Emily describes how she feels and what she observes on her first night performing in a choral concert. [more]
Back Off, Mom The writer’s mom is so focused on pushing her to excel in school and on her college admissions tests, she doesn’t see that the relationship has become reduced to yelling and lecturing. [more]
Soulmates Donyaeh didn't get enough love from his parents, so he feels lucky to find Alina, a girlfriend who asks how he feels and comforts him when he's down. [more]
Growing Up With an Addict A family therapist describes how kids can cope with a parent's addiction and seek help.

My First Boyfriend Julia starts dating her friend Peter, but quickly feels smothered by him and misses the freedom of being single.
I’m Not You, Mom Isela is expected to babysit her brothers, cook, clean, and maintain her good grades. She becomes overwhelmed, but her mom is not sympathetic. [more]
Pretty Beautiful After the writer realizes she looks nothing like the sexualized, skinny actresses who play teens on TV, she begins to explore her own definition of beauty. [more]
Even Loners Need Friends Wensley never had a lot of friends even before he moved here from his home country of Haiti. But now, his accent and his shyness make it more difficult to connect. [more]
It's Never Too Late After years of rejection from her father, Tameara finally learns that the reason he is so absent is because he is a crack addict. [more]
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