When I was a kid, I read a lot of Judy Blume books. They were interesting and covered all sorts of areas as death, body image, alcoholism, religion, bullying. etc.
Although these issues still exist today, I get worried that teen fiction doesn’t do enough to raise awayness. Although some books out there are entertaining and help broaden the imagination, (Twilight, City of Bones, etc) I worry that there isn’t enough fiction that is set in the world today and addresses not only the issues mentioned above, but all of the others that have emerge with today’s technology driven environment.
Writing from the point of view of a teenager is hard. Lately, I’ve been thinking about the things I experienced growing up and although I came away relatively unscathed, not all of my experiences were pleasant. I put up with bullying, cliques, cultural prejudices, social differences, conformity problems, parent communication problems, boys, friends, etc…just like everyone else. The more I think about it, the more I think there is a story in there.
Try this: write a narrative from the point of view of your teenage self. Try to remember what happened, how you perceived things and try not to judge or change events to suit your adult point of view.