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Pretty Beautiful
How I stopped comparing myself to sexy celebs
author image 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.

As I entered my teens, I noticed I didn’t look anything like the teenage girls on TV. For one thing, most of those girls weren’t even teenagers... [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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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]
Would My Mom Still Love Me If I Were a Lesbian? Even though Damia’s mom doesn’t mind if other people are gay, she would be disappointed if any of her children were. [more]
What Helped Me When I Was Homeless Three teens who have been homeless share their stories and offer advice to those who may find themselves in unstable living arrangements. [more]
Book Review: <em>Redeemed</em> Levaunna sees herself reflected in the characters portrayed in the final book of the popular “House of Night” series. [more]
The American Dream Feels More Like a Nightmare After the writer moves from Korea to the U.S., his once fun-loving dad struggles to adjust to his new life here, and becomes perpetually angry and demanding. [more]
Nowhere to Go At 16, Vanessa moves here from Mexico to escape persecution for being gay. She describes her journey from homelessness to foster care, and finally to stability and independence. [more]
Misconceptions About Africans Aissata, an immigrant from Senegal, is stunned by her classmates’ ignorance about Africa. We do wear shoes, she writes, and don't have lions for pets. [more]
Making the Best Out of Foster Care The writer never imagines she’ll end up in foster care, but when she does, she discovers its benefits, like dental care and money for college. [more]
Writing Helped Reduce My Rage The writer expresses his anger at the foster care system by getting into fights until his therapist encourages him to write rap lyrics to let it out instead. [more]
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