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Teenage Identity- Acceptance and the Struggle To Understand Oneself By Anita Pea Who am I What kind of person am I Discovering the answers to these as well as coping with the acne the awkwardness whats in whats not the drama of first love- we have all been though it While the older generation found it tough themselves to deal with adolescence it is even harder on todays generations With the lifestyles of our society teenagers need to keep up with the trends and follow the interests of the majority- or they face prejudice and isolation Struggling to find themselves and to be accepted for who they are by their peers as well as growing up at the same time is getting more difficult for each generation reflected by the rising teenage suicide rates of today So where can the troubled youth of today go to for guidance and reassurance that they are not alone Before looking in the direction of television and the Internet maybe they should do some old fashioned reading Spider by William Taylor takes a bold look at teenage identity and the nature of ambition Matthew Spider Trent has just been voted Number Ten on a teen magazines list of hottest hunks he has great friends and an incredible musical talent It seems he has everything going for him but does he The book tells the story of Spider and his journey of self-discovery as he becomes a man It is simply told in Spiders perspective with colloquial language and profuse use of slang as he shares his private thoughts The story is not told in chronological order rather the series of events is revealed randomly giving depth and a sense of realism to the teenage character as if Spider himself was sitting down having a chat about his life Matthew Spider Trent is special From a young age he displays a passion for music setting him apart
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