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.|
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.