Analysis of "All Grown Up and No Place to Go: Teenagers in Crisis"

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Mariana Ramirez
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8/20/12
All Grown Up and No Place to Go: Teenagers in Crisis

The book All Grown Up and No Place to Go: Teenagers in Crisis by David Elkin explains what teenagers go through and why it’s become more difficult to have to go through the process of being a teenager and discovering who they are. It discusses how families have changed over the years and that there are many obstacles that are presented that weren’t existent for previous generations. There are new situations that make it harder for teenagers to find out who they are, and situations that can lead them down the wrong paths. Being a teenager is never easy, their bodies are going through so many changes and it can be a bit difficult, so I agree with the main points of this book. It states many of the real issues that teenagers go through, such as depression, stress, peer pressure, betrayal, and family problems.

More and more teenagers are depressed in today’s world. It’s a sad fact that one in ten teenagers has contemplated committing suicide. I’ve actually gotten to know someone who attempted suicide and failed. For privacy, I’m going to call her Riley. Riley was going to swallow an entire bottle of aspirin pills. She only got to swallow 8 because her mom walked in on her. I’m really grateful that she’s still alive. She said that she felt pathetic and like a loser because she couldn’t even kill herself properly. Right now Riley is in the hospital and she’s getting help. It’s actually really sad that she thinks that killing herself is better than living. She’s only 17 and she’s already tired of living. And she’s not the only one that feels this way; there are many more teenagers in the same position as Riley. It’s sad that they have to go through this, and many parents don’t know how to help them because this wasn’t an issue when they were growing up. So yes I agree with this argument, growing up now is harder than it was back then.

Another main point is that there is a...
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