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The Bratty Teenager

I can’t stand a YA novel that opens with a teenage brat. Nothing makes me want to drop a book faster. Usually the character improves over the next few chapters but I always find it a shame that my first impression is of an unreasonable, sulking child.

It’s not that we’re not all capable of a little sulk. Nor is anyone I know above being unreasonable now and then. It’s that, a person’s negative side is not that first thing you want to see. And also, it’s kind of stale.


Note, I didn’t say mature (how can they be) or perfect (who is), but even the most self-absorbed, spoiled teen that I’ve known is capable of a myriad of feelings, just as self-absorbed, spoiled adults are. I mean, without any context, it’s hard to root for someone who’s just being a total jerk.


I'm an educator, mum and wife living in beautiful Victoria, Australia. I make learning resources for passionate, but time-poor, teachers in need of a better work-life balance. I'm a voracious reader, love a good curry, and believe life is always better with chocolate.

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