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Most Recent Memoirs

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Misfit This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
By , Birmingham, AL
I am a Chinese-American, and proud of it. However, there was a time when all I wanted was to be considered “American.” Born to two Chinese immigrants, I was nicknamed “Sunshine” by my parents because I was always... (more »)
By , Walker, MI
Through life, I had made some mistake. Mistakes don't define you, and it's important to remember that, especially when things get rough. Chapter 1: Mistakes  Through your entire life, there are going to be ups and downs. Good days and bad... (more »)
THH: Birthday Girl
By , Naperville, IL
In sixth grade--in sixth grade, I don’t remember much. In seventh grade, I remember walking to school with the jitters. It was my birthday, and I thought everyone would just know by looking at me. I went to the orchestra room that morning to... (more »)
The C Word This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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Once upon a long time ago, I was young in spirit; I did not think about things that I said, about the prejudice in the world, about the darkness of adulthood that was eerily approaching. Honestly, I can’t say that I remember much about this... (more »)
Kid vs. Car
By , Lenexa, KS
“Who wants to go on swervy road?”My sisters’ uncle yelled. Me and my sister looked at each other. We both started running and yelled;”Me!” We both ran to the car before he could say, “Ok, hop in.”... (more »)
From Left to Far-Left and Back Again This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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I used to be a social justice warrior. There, I said it. When I say that, people are oftentimes confused as to what that means, perhaps because it’s a term used mostly in political circles. A quick Googling later, you will discover a... (more »)
My Trip to Florida
By , Amery, WI
In June of 2015, I went on a trip to Jacksonville, Florida with my two aunts and uncle to go to my cousin Cole’s graduation party. I was honestly so excited to go, because I’ve never been out of Wisconsin before except... (more »)
The Search for the Lost
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The dictionary defines the word grandfather as, “the founder or originator of a family.” Grandfather, to me, means much more than the person who started the family.  It means the person who takes me to an ice cream shop for ice... (more »)
Death of a Loved One
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My world is no longer the same without you here telling me every 3 seconds to start typing laughingly. When you were here we would listen to music and color outside of the lines in our free time. What am I supposed to do without you? I know that... (more »)
Click This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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Click. Cameras in phones don’t make sounds anymore, unless you choose to turn that feature on. To me, that’s always been the most comforting part of the camera. It lets me know when I’ve actually taken the shot, but more than that, it... (more »)
R.I.P. Uncle Daniel
By , Dutch Harbor, AK
It was a misty morning; that’s when my family and I started to head out the door and on our way to Corner Stone church, in downtown Fresno. Just two nights before I was staying the night with my aunt Rosa and uncle Daniel, I remember... (more »)
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After a summer filled with pestilent twelve years olds, my time for a long-awaited family vacation finally arrived. My immediate family planned for months to join other family members in Crete, Greece, to celebrate my grandparents’... (more »)
Remembering Summer
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Summer was the time for favorite memories: It was the colorful pictures of my family, the sticky cherry flavored popsicles that melted in the sun, or the cool blue water slapping against my ankles; summer was the peppy music blasting in the... (more »)
A Story of Life and Its Lemons
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“If life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is something I constantly heard as a kid. My whole life I was taught to take what I had been given. If I encountered a problem or a situation that seemed to rock my world, I was taught to... (more »)
Losing Her
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She was pretty, but quiet. Looking at her made you wonder what was going through her head at that moment. She didn’t talk much but when she did you listened. She was a very sweet person, she would give as much as she could to please other... (more »)
By , Johns Creek, GA
Anxiety. Do you know what that is? Just in case you don’t, anxiety is a disorder caused by a chemical imbalance in your brain. Anxiety is a broad term and has many subcategories such as social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder,... (more »)
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