Teenage Characters: The Ideas Of Teenage Adolescents

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Young adult literature books all feature teenage protagonists that share the same ideas, problems, and general likes or dislikes of adolescents. They have plotlines that involve contemporary issues and choices that young adults typically face. Books about choices and how they affect people all exhibit some sort of pain, suffering, or difficulty leading up to or following the decision. Three young adult literature books that showcase the theme of choices are Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen, and Looking for Alaska by John Green. In Thirteen Reasons Why highschooler Clay Jenson receives a package from a fellow classmate who recently committed suicide and discovers everything that influenced her decision. In …show more content…
The instructions are simple; Clay must listen and he must pass the tapes on to the next person on the list. If he, or anyone else on the tapes, fails then another copy will be released to the public. Throughout the book Clay learns about how one little thing can trigger another and how quickly things will snowball into something much too big for such a vulnerable girl like Hannah Baker. Thirteen Reasons Why demonstrates the common theme of choices because Hannah Baker makes the choice to take her own life. Each tape shows a different reason why Hannah killed herself. Throughout the book it is evident that Hannah endured a great deal of pain and it piled up until it became too much and Hannah made her decision. In The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen Emaline has what seems to be a perfect life. She grew up in a beach town, has a handsome boyfriend, works at her family business, and lives with her mom, stepdad, and two sisters. When a new yorker named Theo comes to town to work on a documentary of a local artist Emaline becomes his designated chauffeur around …show more content…
Miles, Takumi, and the Colonel plan the most epic prank in memory of Alaska and Miles is finally able to find closure by writing himself out of the labyrinth of suffering. Looking for Alaska embodies the theme of choices because Alaska chose to drive drunk. Her decision impacted her entire school and many people will never be the same because of one choice she chose to make. Choices are evident in every single young adult literature book. They are the reason why people lose others that they care about. They are the reason why innocent people die. And most importantly, they are the reason why people decide to commit suicide. Next time people choose to say or do something to another human being they need to evaluate how it may affect that other individual because suicide is no laughing matter. Our choices really do affect others whether we are conscious of it or not. There are well over seven billion people on this planet and each person has the opportunity to make decisions every single

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