Is Avril Lavigne the teen Bob Dylan? Our experts assess the lyrical gifts of Canada's chart-topping teen pop star

By Brian Hiatt
October 10, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT
Avril Lavigne: Anthony Cutajar/London Features

Countless 18-year-olds spend their school days scribbling rhymed verses into their math notebooks. But few parlay those jottings into a triple-platinum, ”TRL”-worshiped album, as high-school dropout Avril Lavigne has with ”Let Go” (Arista).

Still, do the Canadian teen’s literary gifts match her musical talents? To find out, we showed the complete lyrics of the tie-wearing, skateboarding Canadian’s new hit, ”Sk8er Boi,” to two experts in the business of judging and publishing teen poetry. Here’s what they had to say.

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