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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 a writer, reader, wife, mother and lover of chocolate. I write fiction for children and young people, as well as quality content for those who want to create meaningful engagement with their audience. You can see samples of my work at I also blog at, providing advice to young fiction writers.

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