As a YA author, I was thrilled at the idea of judging speech and debate competitions this weekend. Here's what I learned from Friday night's speech competition:
1. Teenagers are SO SMART! These people were (for the most part) well prepared, well spoken, and well behaved. I was really impressed.
2. Teenagers believe (for the most part) that adults don't understand them. One guy said during a panel competition "...there's no way a fifty-year-old balding guy can understand how we feel. He can't even remember back that far to what it was like to be a teenager..."
So, when adults attempt to write YA... sometimes they forget these two very important points.
I love teenagers (for the most part). Ha. Kidding... Kinda.
What do you remember about being a teenager?