Adolescence is another country, it says, and seen through this lens of hybridised culture, that characteristically American high school society of cliques and coteries seems every bit as role-played as the pirate eye patch Chance wears on his second day of school.
Adolescence is often defined as the time when youth separate from their parents.
Adolescence is a time of upheaval and impermanence.
Adolescence is a challenging time; teens are developing independence while they are still largely dependent on their parents.
Adolescence is also the time that young adults begin to see the world realistically for the first time.
Adolescence is not something that merely happens to a person, but is something, like death, that a person must do whether he likes it or not and that he can do either well or badly.
Adolescence is the moment we come closest to touching ambiguity as a substance, and not just a state of understanding.