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One reason to read and write YA is to relive and create firsts. These firsts can be happy or sad. Just to be able to go back to that one moment in time and be able to relive that first, or experience something new or out of the ordinary that you haven't experienced before. This is the main aims of YA, to be able to go back to a time of "reasonable" innocence and relive those moments.
It's funny, I'm nowhere near my teens anymore, but I can still remember some of my firsts.
- First kiss: Behind a brick wall and in front of half the school... yeah, for some reason two people kissing was a big spectator sport at 15.
- First loss: My cousin died when I was 10. He was the same age as me. He died on a soccer field after being kicked in the head.
- First time feeling real fear: Not till I was 18. I was involved in a car accident and found out what a pinball feels like. I surprisingly walked away from that (yeah, the cops and ambulance was surprised at that as well).
- First regret: 17, when I was at my friends 18th. Yeah, being brought home by the cops wasn't exactly how I wanted to end the night either... hey, I only regret going out, I was actually the only sober one and spent the night baby sitting a passed out friend.
- First novel complete: Yeah, I don't really want to go there. It was written by an 18 year old who was writing for a very strict audience... baby sister (which I pleased). Let's just say that she was written into the story and turned out to be a missing princess who was sent to earth to save her... yeah, she liked it but it's not seeing the light of day.
What are some of the firsts you remember? If you could, would you want to go back and change some of these?