The first in a series.
“Gaming the system” was my escape valve.
What do you do when your neighborhood feels like Mars?
Adulthood was never meant to be simple for me.
I’m never not seen as an adult.
Opting out of the school-stress Olympics.
Even when you know someone you love is dying, there is no way to prepare for it at all.
The dreams we keep in sealed boxes are both alive and dead until we peek inside.
I tried to bypass sloppy firsts and skip straight to emotional maturity.
My constellation of soulmates is transformed with the passing of time.
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Rookie is an online magazine and book series for teenagers. Each month, a different editorial theme drives the writing, photography, and artwork that we publish. Learn more about us here, and find out how to submit your work here!