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Guest Post: Stacy York’s Top Ten Teen Movies

Fifteen-year-old Stacy questions the strange world of high school, family, friends, love, and her role in the universe.

People tell you high school's so great and wonderful, but they're lying. It's mostly horrible and full of disappointment. It sucks. Your best friend abandons you. The jerk you're in love with pretends to be into you, and then the big dump. The boy you've really clicked with as a friend decides to go all crushy over you, so you break his heart just like yours was—smashed into little pieces. Your sister goes mental , and you get involved with an older guy who’s even crazier than she is (who you know is a very bad idea, but you do it anyway). Math only adds another stink of failure to the whole thing.

High school blows. Just ask freshman Stacy. She’d want you to know.

Hey, peeps. I’m Stacy. I’m fifteen, and my life has been sucking lately because of high school being generally crappy. My sister Becca has also been acting so very strange. (Much stranger than usual.) And I I’m broke. Seriously broke. Movies are my escape when reality gets a little too real. (I watch a lot of them.) Here are my top ten teen movies listed in random order.

1. The Breakfast Club, 1985, director John Hughes. A bunch of stereotypical teens are thrown together for Saturday detention. There’s a dumb jock, a snobby cheerleader, the goth girl outcast, etc. They don’t get along, then they do. Of course, this could never happen in real life—I’m picturing being stuck in a room with horrible Vanessa all day—but I do like fantasy.

2. Gidget, 1959, with Sandra Dee and hottie James Darren. This is probably the corniest movie of all time. Gidget’s problems are so not serious, it’s funny. And the surfer dudes are the fakest ever. But this movie is fun to watch with your friends and laugh at how cheesy it is.

3. Pretty in Pink, 1986. Another John Hughes film. I liked this one, maybe because I feel like Andy sometimes (Molly Ringwald’s character). She doesn’t have any money and wears a lot of vintage (old) clothes. She’s very cool. My main complaint with this movie, though, is that she falls for the zero-dimensional rich guy (Andrew McCarthy) and not her cool BFF Duckie. In my version, Andy breaks up with the rich boy and ends up with Duckie five minutes later.

4. Easy A, 2010. Mainly I liked this for Emma Stone. She’s funny and quirky. This version of The Scarlet Letter is way better than reading the actual book. (Snooze-fest.) Fun movie, even though the teenagers all look like they’re 22.

5. Ten Things I Hate About You, 1999. This is a retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. (Again, much better than having to read the original.) My favorite thing about this movie is the title.

6. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 1986. Another John Hughes film. To be honest, Ferris is kind of annoying. This movie follows him on the day he fakes being sick so he can miss school. He has all sorts of adventures. I really liked his best friend, mopey Cameron, and would probably date him (or someone like him). Fun soundtrack.

7. Rebel Without A Cause, 1955. This movie is funny because the “juvenile delinquent” James Dean really doesn’t seem that bad to me. Classic story of troubled teens and the adults who just don’t get them. James Dean is a stone hottie.

8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2010. This falls into the teen movie category for me because of all of the awkwardness and teen crushes. Harry likes Cho Chang, Ron likes Hermione, but Hermione’s with Viktor…sigh. The ball scene has special significance for me—it’s so very awkward.

9. Heathers, 1988. Regular smart girl Veronica hangs out with three girls, all named Heather. They’re popular, and they all suck. She meets a rebel. The Heathers begin to have “accidents.” It’s funny. (Dark comedy.)

10. Juno, 2007. Quirky pregnant teenager story. I like this one because Ellen Page (Juno) and Michael Cera (Paulie) actually felt like real teens for once. The music totally rocks (in an acoustic sort of way).

So those are my top ten favorite movies featuring teens. If you’d like to read more about what I like and what I don’t, check out Normalish.

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Author Bio: California girl Margaret Lesh lives with her creative genius husband and shaggy teen son in a quiet suburb near Los Angeles. She writes middle grade, young adult, and women’s fiction. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about baked goods, especially donuts, far too often. She believes tacos are magic.

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