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Adorkable: The Influential Generation


Sarra Manning is one of the best young adult writers on our radar. Fact. What makes her different from the other YA writers in the crowd? She is able to completely blow our mind by eradicating plot structure. Take Nobody’s Girl for instance. At the beginning of the book it seems like the whole tale is going to be about Bea having a nice little time to herself in Paris with her new found friends, but this idea quickly disintegrates. I recently finished her latest novel, Adorkable, and although it wasn’t as good as Manning’s previous work, it still offers a fresh storyline and focuses on realistic themes which I feel are important for teenagers.

My inevitable envy towards Jeane irritated my reading of Adorkable. Basically, Jeane, like me, is a seventeen year old blogger; unlike me she has her own trademark brand Adorkable, over 500,000 Twitter followers, she writes for such newspapers as the Guardian and she is paid to travel to New York and Stockholm. Unrealistic, I know. Yet it is difficult to not be jealous of a fictional character who lives the life that you dream to live.

Although Jeane is make-believe, there are teenagers out there who are fighting for world domination and who are doing a pretty decent job at it. Here are four of our favourite picks from the teens who are changing the world, one dork at a time:

The Entrepreneur:

iPad apps are the latest trend of the nation. They can become exceptionally obsessive when you realise that your battery is almost dead after playing four hours of nonstop Temple Run. Have you ever thought about who creates our wee pleasures of amusements? One of these tech savvy wizards is 18-year-old Spencer Costanzo who is the founder of Malibu Apps. They have created a bazingaling 40 iPhone apps, with eight ranking high on the iTunes top 200. Spencer decided to skip University in order to work alongside his nine developers and designers to continue making some of our most beloved apps. A good decision that was!

The Inspiration:

Malala Yousafzai hit the headlines last year when she was shockingly shot by the Taliban gunmen in the head on the 9th of October. Despite this gruesome attack, this 15-year-old is making her way to recovery. In 2009 Malala began writing for the BBC, under a pseudonym, to detail her life under the Taliban militants, who were taking over the Swat Valley banning such entertainments outputs as television and music (which we totally rely on and take for granted) and most importantly, girls’ education. Malala is an empowering female activist, fighting for educational rights and she has won many awards, including being one of the four runners-up for Time magazine‘s Person of the Year 2012. No wonder she is a true live Disney heroine.

The Foodie:

Last year Scottish school girl, Martha Payne, reviewed and took photographs of her school lunches for her NeverSeconds blog. The site gained much attention and within a week it had a staggering 100,000 page hits. It became so popular that the local council, Argyll and Bute, forced Martha to stop using her blog. At what point did councils have the power to restrict our highly intelligent writing on the internet? We will all join force and stand against those who stop Miss Payne from spreading her own opinion of crappy foods online! Fortunately the 10-year-old has raised more than £120,000 for Mary’s Meals and she hopes to raise more money for the charity with her biography, Never Seconds. See, there are perks for eating and criticizing shite food online!

The Fashionista:

The blogosphere is buckling with the amount of fashion blogs out there and the one which launched the trend was Rookie. When she was 11-years-old Chicago born, Tavi Gevinson, would buy clothes from thrift stores, particularly the Salvation Army, and would upload photos of her outfits. Tavi would discuss what movies, books and music had inspired her Look Of The Day on the blog. Five years on and she now has her own web magazine, RookieMag.com, which makes her the boss of four editors and 40 writers, illustrators and photographers. Alright for a girl just putting on clothes in the morning.

Which youngster do you most idolise? Are you a teenager who is too trying to lead the way for our generation?


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