Teenager: A Guest Post by Shay Fabbro

I’m so pleased to have author Shay Fabbro stop by on her blog tour to chat about adolescence, 80’s hair, and her books. I’ve been following her blog for a few months now and love her uniqueness. After you finish reading this post, check out her blog and her books. Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win her books!

A Guest Post by Shay Fabbro


There are many things associated with that word: fear, disbelief, incredulity, fear, awkward, hormones, angst, angry, peer-pressure.

These years are tense and awkward for both the teen and their parents. I often hear parents speak of wanting to put off these years for as long as possible. It doesn’t even necessarily mean they have older kids and have gone through the teen years. Parents KNOW what the teen years will be like because they’ve gone through it. And regardless of the decade, being a teen is pretty much the same.

They are trying to figure out who they are while trying to be someone else to please everyone around them. Talk about stressful! But it’s true. Teens tend to latch onto whoever (or whatever) is popular at a given moment and they try like hell to become that or to buy it. Most often the people are the cheerleaders/football players and the things really depend on the decade. I went to high school in the 80’s (AWESOME by the way!) so the cool kids had the pagers and LA Gear or Converse. I admit, I had two pairs of Converse sneakers and felt so awesome! And in the 80’s, popularity was also measured in cans of Aqua Net hair spray!

LOL Not really, but if it were I would have won hands down!

I’m the one on the far right.

There’s no “best” way to get through these years. And contrary to popular belief, no one gets through these years unscathed. Even the kids we think are perfect have dealt with tough times. We just never notice because we are dealing with our own crap.

YA/coming of age books/fantasy often have teens dealing with many of the common issues that all teens deal with, plus maybe throwing in something even more dramatic. In the Adventures of Alexis Davenport series, Alex deals with bullying, first crush (he doesn’t even know she exists), and feeling out of place. She also has to contend with a deadbeat dad who left and her and her mom penniless and living with an aunt in another town.

Oh, and she sees the reflections of strange girls in mirrors.

I know, right??!!?? Talk about stressful! Not only that, she travels back in time and inhabits the bodies of these girls. She finds out that she must protect the time line from an evil bastard trying to change the past.

Poor kid! But Alex is tough and she’s smart! Had a knack for history that will give her the edge she needs to beat the bad guy. And what she learns along the way will help her cope with issues in her regular teen life.

How did you/are you dealing with tough teen issues? A random commenter will win BOTH Dangerous Reflections and Twisted Reflections!

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  24. #24 by shayfabbro on April 10, 2012 - 5:48 PM

    It’s been truly interesting getting back into the mindset of a teenager 😉 Pulled a LOT of stuff from my own experiences, though it was mainly from middle school. THAT was the truly awkward time for me!

  25. #25 by Adriana Ryan on April 10, 2012 - 11:49 AM

    Ah, adolescence. Psychologists say adolescents feel like they’re performers on a stage, and that all eyes are on them. I remember that feeling all too well! Poor Alex–hope she gets out of these nerve-wracking situations unscathed! 😀

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