A guide for late bloomers.
To avoid: crashing and burning.
Materialism, belonging, and kisses that count.
For when you don’t want everyone in the hallways to know what you’ve been up to.
I tried to bypass sloppy firsts and skip straight to emotional maturity.
Poems by Rookie readers.
Bored of the routineness of the routine.
Wisdom galore, including a demonstration of how to kiss.
She surprised me when she said, “I like you.”
I keep you in mind when I think about my future.
July’s theme is ORIGIN STORY. For details on how to send us your work, please read our Submit page. ✴
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!