For teenagers every problem (no matter how big or small) is a big deal. If they have too much homework, and can't make it to the basketball game to hang out with their friends, it's just not fair. When the boy or girl they've been infatuated with says they're going to call, and never does, it's heartbreaking. When all these small problems seem like such a big deal, it only makes sense for the even bigger problems to be devastating. All teenagers deal with these problems in different ways. For Amber, a teenage girl growing up in a small town, it seemed the only way she could get through her problems was by hurting herself, and in the end, everyone else around her too.
Growing up in a small town can be tougher than a big city, because it's harder to get away from your problems when everyone knows about them and keeps reminding you of them. Amber found that she could at least forget her problems, along with everything else, by going out to parties on the weekends and getting "wasted". She hung out with a good group of girls, and her boyfriend was the captain of the football team, so no one suspected a thing.
One night though, Amber went too far, and when she came home drunk and passed out on her bed, she scared her parents half to death. It was a rough patch in her life, and hurting her family like that made it even rougher.
Autumn never told anyone, but one of her greatest fears was losing all of her friends by getting too wrapped up in a boy. It seemed like it all just happened so fast, and in just one day Autumn's friends decided that they were sick of being put second to Autumn's relationship with her boyfriend. She was so upset and confused that her boyfriend decided he didn't want to be dragged down by her unhappy life. Autumn suddenly found herself more alone then ever.
It definitely didn't seem to help that Autumn's parents were out of town while all of this was... [continues]
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