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  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    Individual rain drops falling from the smoky, black sky tickle my skin and make my hair glisten. The air is humid and and sticks to me. I recognize the distinct whiff of pollution and classic New York hot dogs. I patiently stand at a red light, watching cars and yellow cabs whiz by. A blonde wom...
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    I never thought getting our high school results, leaving middle school, and entering high school were big deals. Until Tuesday, March 12, 2013, which also happened to be three days before my middle school’s eighth graders finally received their high school acceptance (or rejection) letters. It...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    You know my shame... but not my game. You’ve seen my skin... but not my scars. You know the color of my hair... but not my roots. You’ve been told my mistakes... but not my successes. You’ve seen my smile... but not my tears. You know my past... but not my future. You...
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    Hugging? Sure. Holding hands? Eh. Kissing? Ummm... Love? Sigh. They all seem pretty gross. I mean, all that slobber and awkward physical contact. Ugh. Boys have cooties, you know? Pretend you’re a teenager and your name is Caitlin . On your 13th birthday, you can look forwar...
  • Hot Topics > Letters to the Editor
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    Because of Imani Martinez’s fascinating article, “aMErican Me,” which was featured in Teen Ink’s February 2013 issue, I think I established a nationality for myself. This piece helped me identify myself and can do the same for others. Martinez discusses her troubles as both Mexican and b...
  • Fiction > Realistic Fiction
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    “Please stand. Raise your right hand.” I carelessly lifted my lanky left arm. Before I switched elbows, I glimpsed at Mr. Baker’s public lawyer, who smiled slyly to himself and rolled his eyes. Meanwhile, the defendant pasted on a fake grin. His eyes crinkled at the edges, producing more ...
  • Hot Topics > Letters to the Editor
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    In the January 2013 issue, Sissy S answers the everlasting question “How Important Is Beauty?”, which also happens to be the title of her profound piece. In this agreeable work of hers, she points out the flaws of our society-the superficial society that unfortunately praises high body maintena...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I remember the good old days When they advised, “Wish upon a star” When they declared, “Anything is possible” I remember the good old days When they assured a princess career was within reach When they confirmed a future in singing was guaranteed I will try to forget the demeaning ...
  • Hot Topics > Letters to the Editor
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    “Rejected” by Rachel C illustrates a clear image of the disappointment and frustration caused by rejection of a writing piece entered in a contest or submitted to a literary company. At least once in our lives, whether we were obligated to partake in the writing industry or chose to, failure to...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    As a five-year old, when adults ask us what we want to be when we grow up, we joyfully respond, "Princess" or "Firefighter" When we're eleven years old, when our teachers or parents wonder what what we want to be when we grow up, we uncertainly answer with a "Lawyer, I...
  • Fiction > All Fiction
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    Once upon a time, there lived a boy remembered as Harry Potter who was chosen to attend Hogwarts, where he made the best of friends and defeated the evil sorcerer that had killed his Muggle parents years ago. Once upon a time, Charlie Gordon, a mentally retarded man, underwent a neurological surger...
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    "The first ten years of a girl’s life are spent playing with Barbies and the next ten years are spent trying to look like one."-Anonymous Ironically, my past experiences with Barbie dolls were not very pretty. I specifically recall joyfully stripping them of their designer clothes ...
  • Hot Topics > Bullying
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    You walk into a bathroom and there, lying on the floor, is a helpless, quiet, straight-A student covered in blood. Hovering over him is the “cool” guy, the one everyone longs to be, laughing at his latest victim. Meanwhile, you, the kid who tries not to draw any unwanted attention to himself, ...
  • Hot Topics > Letters to the Editor
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    In the October 2012 issue, the nonfiction piece "hey" composed by Addi Fitzgerald stood out to me as a reminder of what teenage relationships are like today. The nonfiction piece is about a girl who is heavily affected by the back-and-forth text messages between her and her crush. At the...
  • Reviews > TV show reviews
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    “Make It or Break It” is an unrealistic, melodramatic television series that recently made its final dismount on ABC Family. It captures the unfamiliar lives of competitive teen gymnasts whose main goal is to be known as the girl with the gold medal around her neck while poised on the Olympic p...

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