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“Lessons Unplanned” by Jocelyn Pihlaja

Lessons Unplanned by Jocelyn Pihlaja   One The wooden floors creak under my footsteps. A newly-minted graduate assistant, I am searching for the classroom where 25 freshman composition students shift nervously, wondering if their English teacher will suck. I examine the numbers printed on the wavy glass of each door and try to swallow my fear, also hoping their English ...
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“To Write the Other, Find Yourself” by Corinne Guichard

To Write the Other, Find Yourself by Corinne Guichard There are lots of people you aren't. In fact, there isn't a single person out there who you are, aside from yourself. And all those billions of people out there who aren't you have bodies and memories and romantic preferences and music tastes that are unknown to you. No matter how much ...
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“From Paper to Big Screen” by Amanda Farbanish

From Paper to Big Screen: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Amanda Farbanish The book is better than the movie. Most avid readers have uttered this phrase at least once in their life. It’s practically the book-reader maxim. When adapting books, movie producers consciously make significant changes to the story; because of limited runtime and a variety of other ...
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“When I Can’t Save You” by Cassidy Trudeau

When I Can't Save You by Cassidy Trudeau I hate hospitals, the too-cold drafts of air conditioner, the bleach-laced smell of sickness, the hard plastic chairs, the constant hum of pain and worry. And somehow, you always seem to land yourself in one. Broken toes, intense abdominal pain, and two minor surgeries have lured you back into cratchy gowns every few ...
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“In Pieces” by Kay Gram

In Pieces by Kay Gram There are signs everywhere. Subtle, yet significant signs. Like buttons. All of my clothes are losing buttons. Coats, jean shorts, pants, button-up shirts. How do you have a button-up without buttons? My living space is speckled with buttons. I put them in pockets, cup holders, decorative ashtrays, and coin purses, trying to contain them. I try ...
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“Colorblind Passengers” by Sean Enfield

Colorblind Passengers by Sean Enfield We were driving to youth group when I first told Mandy that I liked her. Next to her, my peanut butter skin looked Kenyan dark, and, likewise, she was a sunless pale whenever I stood near. I glanced over to the passenger seat, briefly ignoring the empty country road before us. The sun washed out her ...
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“If We Were Really There” by Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams

If We Were Really There by Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams The dress was white with big red blooms all over it. “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future,” I said to the girl in the mirror, and waved goodbye. I floated to Van’s house, actually floated. When I tied my hair up in front of him, he said, ...