Part of the reason I like to write YA literature is because I remember how confusing and hard it was going through those years of my life. I can still close my eyes and vividly connect to how I felt during those times.
Books were my savior during those years. I turned to them to help find answers, escape or to understand that other people were going through a lot of the same things that I was.
Books are so powerful and I believe they can sometimes save a person when nothing else around them can. I write because I want to speak to my readers and let them know that they aren't going through things alone. I want them to see that they're not the only ones going through these emotions and that they can (and will) make it through okay (and usually stronger).
I was paging through my elementary school diary and found an entry from when I was eleven and then when I was twelve. I think the entries below speak volumes for how with all the pressures I see my students going through now, teens today need honest well written literature that they can grab on to when everything else around them is spinning.