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Issue #259 (November/December 2017) issue cover
Being True To You

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The writer is excluded and mansplained by boys in her school’s stock market trading club. She blames it on what she sees as a sexist culture in finance and creates her own club that is more welcoming to girls. (full text)

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Her unhappy parents who neglect her and social anxiety affect the writer and make it hard for her to make friends. She overcomes her shyness by implementing smart strategies. (full text)

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“Not living with either of my parents made me feel like a puzzle piece that didn’t fit in anywhere,” writes Joel. Therapy makes him feel less out of place and abandoned. (full text)

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Andrew writes about his appreciation of street art, pondering the artists’ visions and lives, and also how drawing helps him express his pain and tell a visual story so he can be better understood. (full text)

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Jose is even more shy when he moves from the Dominican Republic to New York City. Read on to discover how he feels so confident now, he can start a conversation with anyone. (full text)

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Amber is shy and becomes even more so when her family moves to a homeless shelter. After urging from her mom, she starts seeing a counselor. The relationship helps her open up and persevere through this tough time. (full text)

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Sabatine is enchanted by the wonders of life online, until Facebook takes over her life and her schoolwork starts to slip. (full text)

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After Anaiss learns she has a low reading comprehension level, she is placed in a class that moves slower. At first she resists, but then she notices her progress. Now she’s in the National Honor Society. (full text)

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Readers provide opinion, advice, and ideas to authors who contributed to the last issue of YCteen. (full text)

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This book review explores the romantic relationship between two young women in Iran, where same sex relationships are punishable by death. (full text)

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For Atl, spending summers and holidays at his grandparent’s Idaho farm with its “endless hillsides and fields,” meant escaping the city’s chaos. When he finds out his grandparents must sell the farm, he is emotionally unprepared. (full text)

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In his sports column, TJ’s Take, the writer reports on high school athletes who have been emulating the N.F.L. pros by kneeling to protest injustice during the national anthem. (full text)
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