No one has ever said, “Being a teenager is so easy!” In Fierce Ink Press’ anthology Becoming Fierce: Teen Stories IRL, it features real life stories from authors about their teen lives.
There’s everything from love and friendship, bullies, disabilities, drugs and addiction, suicide, unrequited love, self-esteem and body issues, and just trying to fit in. Some of the short stories are light-hearted, bringing a smile to your face while others show a darker side to teenage life. Every story gives you a chance to take something away from it, whether it’s insight on how other people may be feeling, learning something from someone else’s experiences or simply connecting to a story because you’ve had a similar experience.
I connected with nearly every story in some way, big or small. The issues the authors brought up in their own stories I’ve either personally connected with or know someone who has. My two favourite short stories in this anthology were: Jo Treggiari’s Love You Like Suicide and Patti Larsen’s Prince Nameless. Continue reading