I thought I’d provide a little background on the teens polled. There were 6 teens polled, male and female, with diverse backgrounds. The age of the teens raged from one 13 year-old, one 14 year-old, three 15 year-olds and, one 16 year old.
How would you say?
“Sorry” or “My bad”
“What’s your deal?”
“Crush” or “boyfriend”
The real teen answers for this were predominately the same. I was thoroughly surprised. Soul mate was the one word contested the most. But not by the guys - the girls. They felt that soul mate was not the correct word and opted for words: bestie or lover. Yes, lover. LOL
Flip Flops -- 5 tennis shoes and 1 flip flop (1 g)
Sherbet – 4 ice cream and 2 sherbet (2 g)
Books – 4 kindles and 2 books (1 g, 1 b)
Music –4 music and 2 TV (2 g)
The Hunger Games – 3 Hunger games (2 b, 1 g)
Action – 3 action (2b, 1 g) and 3 romance (g)
Comedy – comedy (all)
PB and J—5 pb and J and 1 ham and cheese (1 b)
Zeus – neither (2 b) and Zeus (girls, 1 b)
Drama – comedy – all
1 or 2 friends – 5, 1 or 2 friends and 1 popular (1 b)
Nerd – 3 Cheerleader/Jock, 2 nobody (2 g) & 1 nerd (1 g)
Mints – gum (2 b, 2 g) & mint (2 g)
Science – Health (1 g), Social St. (1g), English (1), Math (1 g), World His. (1b), Biology (1 b)
Latin – English (2 b)Reading (2 g), Algebra (2 g),
***Bonus question (actually I just accidently left it off the first post) –
*Hero or Villian --- this was easy…they all wanted to be the Hero
Q and A
How do you feel about PDA?Chloe: I don’t want everybody in my business so I keep it to a minimum.
Teens polled: All teens but one boy thought it was okay to display affection in public.
What do you do on the weekends for fun?Chloe: Shop with my two best friends.
Teens polled: Two girls and one boy hung with friends and one person did nothing – a girl, and one person played sports - a guy.
When did you start dating?Chloe: In the 8th grade.
Teens polled: Never dated (1 – 15, 13 girl), three teens said the 7th grade (2 b each 15 & 1 g 16), and one teen said 4th grade (1 g, 13 years old)
Do you and your siblings get along?Chloe: Sometimes but he’s a snob and I’m not.
Teens polled: Four of the teens said sometimes (2 b & 2g), and two girls said no (13 year old & 14 year old)
Would you cry in public?
Chloe: I try not to get too emotional in public. My mother would have a heart attack if she knew I was crying in public.
Teen polled: Four of the teens said no (2 b and 2 g) and two girls said maybe, it depends.
Would you follow your friends if they were doing something wrong or would you do the right thing?
Chloe: It depends on what they were doing. I wouldn’t hurt anyone physically. But I’d be down for a practical joke even if it were on a teacher.Teens polled: Five of the teens polled said they would do the right thing. One teen, a girl, said she’d go with her friends.
Was this eye opening at all? Yes, actually it was for me. I hope you gathered some info from this exercise to help with creating your YA character.
Have a great weekend. Read a book and laugh aloud!