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Cherry Cough Drops This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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I enjoyed “Cherry Cough Drops” by ­Colette Bersie because it is descriptive and intriguing. While the story is a bit morose, the author has a clearly developed style. Her long sentences and frequent use of similes and metaphors enhance the piece.

Another aspect I enjoyed is how the story slowly unravels, which keeps the reader ­interested in figuring out the details. For ­example, the reader is unsure what she is ­describing in the beginning as a “pizza romance.” Later, she reveals what she meant.

Lastly, I think it’s clever that Colette ­addresses the boy as “he,” never naming him. This keeps the mysterious, serious atmosphere of the story.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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