Collaboration of four teens entering high school in NYC in September 2001
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Sophie, and Courtney enter Stuyvesant, New York City's most
public high school, in September of 2001, just days before
the Twin Towers crumble outside their classroom window. A
friendship is struck, and yet demanding class schedules,
extracurricular activities, and busy social lives make it
hard for them
to stay in touch. This prompts the four girls to start "The
a collective journaling project that allows them to express
frustrations, triumphs, and everyday encounters inside an
composition book. Their experiences are not unusual: They
get cut from
teams, get bad grades, win debates, get rebuffed by
surprise parties, smoke, drink, experiment with sex, and
their parents. But it is the raw honesty of these page-turning
exchanges that will captivate readers, involving them in
individual and group stories, and laying bare what it is
really like to
be a teenager today.
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