Article Title

I See Reality


Becca Wilhite


Excellent, Young Adult, Teen Life, High School, Short Fiction, Short Stories

Document Type

Book Review


Twelve young adult short stories show a variety of viewpoints about what teens are experiencing and dealing with in their daily lives. The stories vary in topic, from dates, breakups, and family situations, to even pets, but each uncovers deep and important questions about teen life. One of the stories, Three Imaginary Conversations with You, is an unusual second-person story in which a teen girl rehearses breaking up with her manipulative boyfriend. Another story, Blackbird, explores a theater-tech student discovering her voice. Each of the twelve stories underscores a viewpoint that strays from typical teenage stories, and many readers will find their eyes opened to ideas and expressions different from their own.