Sarra Manning is one of the best young adult writers on our radar. Fact. What makes her different from the other writers in the crowd is her ability to eradicate plot structures by making ideas go into complete tangents. Take Nobody’s Girl for instance, it seems the book is going to be about Bea having fun in Paris with her new found friends; this idea quickly disintegrates. I recently finished her latest novel, Adorkable, and although it wasn’t as good as the other books, it still offers a fresh storyline and focuses on realistic themes which I feel are important for teenagers.
My inevitable envy towards Jeane irritated my reading of Adorkable. Basically, Jeane, like me, is a seventeen year old blogger; unlike me she has her own trademark brand, Adorkable, over 500,000 Twitter followers, she writes for such newspapers as the Guardian and she is paid to travel to New York and Stockholm. Unrealistic, I know, but it’s difficult to not be jealous when that would be your dream way to live.
Although Jeane is make-believe, there are teenagers out there who are fighting for world domination and who are doing a pretty decent job at it. Here are four of my favourite picks from the teens who are changing the world, one dork at a time:
iPad apps are the latest trend of the nation. They can become exceptionally obsessive when you realise that your battery is almost dead after playing four hours of nonstop Temple Run. Have you ever thought about who creates our wee pleasures of amusements? One of these tech savvy wizards is 18-year-old Spencer Costanzo who is the founder of Malibu Apps, who have created 40 iPhone apps, with eight ranking high on the iTunes top 200. Spencer decided to skip University in order to work alongside his nine developers and designers to continue making some of our most beloved apps.
Malala Yousafzai hit the headlines last year when she was shockingly shot by the Taliban gunmen in the head on the 9th of October. Despite this gruesome attack the fifteen year old is making her way to recovery. In 2009 Malala began writing for the BBC, under a pseudonym, to detail her life under the Taliban militants, who were taking over the Swat Valley banning such entertainments outputs as television and music, which we take for granted, and most importantly, girls’ education. Malala is an empowering female activist, fighting for educational rights and she has won many awards, including being one of the four runners-up for Time magazine‘s Person of the Year 2012.
Last year Scottish school girl, Martha Payne reviewed and took photographs of her school lunches for her NeverSeconds blog. The site gained much attention and within a week it had a staggering 100,000 page hits. It became so popular that the local council, Argyll and Bute, forced Martha to stop using her blog. The ten-year-old has raised more than £120,000 for Mary’s Meals and she hopes to raise more money for the charity with her biography, Never Seconds.
The blogosphere is buckling with the amount of fashion blogs there are out there and the one which launched the trend was Rookie. When she was eleven-years-old Chicago born, Tavi Gevinson, would buy clothes from thrift stores, particularly the Salvation Army, and would upload photos of her outfits, discussing what movies, books and music had inspired her look of the day, to her blog. Five years on and she now has her own web magazine, RookieMag.com, which makes her the boss of four editors and 40 writers, illustrators and photographers.
Which youngster do you most idolise? Are you a teenager who is too trying to lead the way for our generation?
- Adorkable by Sarra Manning (youareawallflower.wordpress.com)
- Education in Swat after militancy and Malala (tahirkatlang.wordpress.com)
- Tavi Gevinson’s Acting Debut (huffingtonpost.com)
- The Fiercest Cultural Figures of 2012! (listengirlfriends.wordpress.com)
- I’d rather be adorkable (edebock.wordpress.com)
- Youthful Freckles (barnabyd.wordpress.com)