True Story: I loved high school

Is it just me or is everyone else noticing a trend in contemporary YA? In all the books I've read lately, the MC hates high school. And not in the 'school sucks' kind of way. I'm talking total meltdown, my life is a toilet bowl full of poo kinda hate.

When a character does like high school, because she is pretty and part of the popular crowd, we learn she has dark secrets and is only happy on the outside.

Maybe I'm all alone here, but I loved high school. Yep, Loved It! And I wasn't the pretty, popular girl who got nominated to homecoming court every year. And despite not being prom queen, High School rocked.

Not quite the happiest place on earth, but it was close.

I dated, some, got involved in a ton of activities, played nice with everyone and had a core group of friends I could count on.

Now, to be fair, I experienced my share of teen tears. I was dumped...twice even. The really hot guy I crushed on for two year never did ask me out (Ryan McCann, if you're out there...call me). I even lost a student government election my junior year. But those were isolated events that pale in comparison to the rest of those four years.

I couldn't wait to go to college. But not because I had to get the hell out of dodge. I imagined it would be just like High School without the adult supervision (FYI...it was).

I realize stories need conflict to live and no one wants to read about a girl who walks around happy all the time. But I'd love to see a character who at least starts out that way.

Because, believe it or not, some of us actually did like high school.