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Coming of Age: The True Adventures of Two American Teens

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Coming of Age: The True Adventures of Two American Teens

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Wayne Miller
publisher:
Random House
genre:
Politics and Current Events, Nonfiction

We gave it a B+

Twenty-five percent of U.S. children live in real poverty. To judge by Coming of Age: The True Adventures of Two American Teens, an intimate report on Generation Y, the rest live in spiritual poverty. The class of ’93 at Burrillville High, in a prosperous Rhode Island suburb, let ace reporter G. Wayne Miller share their senior year. He hangs out in their classrooms, at their parties, even reads their diaries. We really get to like Dave Bettencourt, self-appointed candidate for class clown and publisher of an irreverent underground newspaper. He’s kind to underdogs, scornful of cliques, and a graceful loser on the basketball court. But his good qualities seem to flourish in spite of a steady diet of junk food, junk movies, junk culture. These kids learn about love from the published fantasies of the Material Girl, Madonna. They are Material Children: loved, lovable, and yet sadly deprived. B+