Sometimes life isn’t fair. Fifteen-year-old Richie Ferguson must learn this lesson the hard way when his mother dies of cancer and he is forced to live with a father who left the family two years earlier for another woman. Richie’s life becomes a storm, whirling around with no sense of purpose or direction. Will the tumultuous winds destroy him, or will he find a calm sea in time to save his own life?
It's been said that suffering builds character. And there are few that know suffering better than young Justin. Only 14 years old, he has found an easy way out. A suicidal tendency that he is hoping will bring an end to his misery. But when he meets a mysterious boy at the end of Navy Pier one dark evening...he is given an alternative. One that will give him purpose, and set in motion the events that will lead to his ultimate destiny....in a world not like our own.
This story is about Ryan, a very straightforward boy that goes on vacation with his mother. He then sees a pompous family getting on the same flight as him. He hates those rich families, especially the kids who never had to do anything in their lives. But, could certain circumstances change his opinion about that family? We'll see.
Short stories are definitely not my strong suit, and this attempt soon became a continuous story inspired by the challenge of First Line prompts. Constructive criticism and kind encouragement are more than welcome.
Jack Woolery's life was safe and secure. He was attending high school, and he had no intention of coming out to his parents or best friend, Jimmy. Then Tracy Craft moves in across the street and changes his plans. Tracy, a new student and an aspiring ballet dancer, is strong and confident. He challenges Jack to reevaluate his life. Can Jack become friends with an openly gay boy and yet maintain the secret life he trusts?
Max Wilson, a peculiar 14-year boy with a love for Basketball and Classical music has chosen a pen-pal from a candidate list for English class. With the youngster's grades slipping, and a need to get ahead Max decides to take the last resort. After sending the first letter, the boy waits nervously for his anonymous sender, who appears to be another boy, and is within the same building as Max. Over three months, the teenagers grow a bond through communication, with the other boy helping Max come out to his family, and to Max's amazement, he's fallen for an unknown boy who sounds perfect in every way according to their personal correspondences.
In his 15 years of life Cy Walker has seen it all. From being on his own to working his way up the ladder of his Chicago Gang...there's nothing he can't do. However when he's arrested during a police raid, and fostered by a wealthy family he finds his greatest challenge has just begun. (Note: even though this is book 3, no prior knowledge is required)
Excitable young Ezra doesn't know how much time he has left, but he does have a dream! An aspiring wrestler, he wants to perform on the grandest stage of them all - KADA Wrestling! A true underdog, Ezra's brand of determination and intensity challenges stereotypes and defies expectations as he fights to make it to the big leagues before the clock runs out. Meanwhile, KADA faces challenges of its own as the once unified roster divides itself and descends into civil war. Perhaps an outsider is what KADA needs! After all, a small guy can accomplish big things!
Even though he knew it wouldn't last, Patrick is devastated when his first real relationship comes to an end. Lucky for him, his cute roommate Ali is more than happy to comfort him, though soon enough, Ali is in need of some comfort of his own.
When the brain fails, the heart is often the one that picks up the pieces. Tyson is suicidal, angry and so, so lonely. After an attempt on his own life, he faces brief hospitalisation in the Acute Inpatient Unit with other teenagers. The staff are wonderful and his treatment team goes above and beyond to provide help and support, but what he needs most is a friend. He finds Vladimir, a boy who battles schizophrenia and psychotic episodes. He's perfect.
"What do you want," Tommy asked, looking at the shadow with his eyes, watching it as it paused to a stop in front of him, its large black beak turning slightly to the side.
Its beak opened only a crack, and human screaming of men and women, children and infants, leaked out. Screaming, and sobbing, and maniacal laughing that all filled Tommy's ears with a rotten, disgusting feeling, and replacing the ticking of Toni's clock- loud enough to wake the whole neighborhood, yet only wrecking havoc upon Tommy.
Tommy Fish, a guy with a talent for relentless bullying and hatred, gets help from the devil to bully his favorite kid, indefinitely.