Thursday, January 8, 2009

Ahh the days of high school.

You know I think everyone thinks a least a little of the "good ole days", I mean high school. The last time in our life that we are free from real commitments. I think the problem is the older we get the more we think about this time as a really great time in our life now passed. I hear people talk about high school like it was some sort of amazing adventure, and worst I hear people talk about their high school accomplishments like they were the most important things in their lives. I have to admit even at times I've talked about my accomplishments with my horses during high school like it was some sort of career. At the time it was a career to me and even later I still fondly remember some of the times I had in high school and even wish I still had my old friends and oh man do I wish I could go back to worrying just about how to pay for my gas for the week not the mortgage.

With all that said and all the memories we have.. I think the biggest thing we all fail to remember is just how much being a teenager sucks at times. Boyfriends, lack of boyfriends, and in my case the fact that we moved so often that I can barely remember most of the people I went to school with much less even one single name or face of all but a handful of my teachers and even then I more remember qualities than names. Especially this one teacher I had who taught my computer programming class and had the loudest squeakiest shoes ever. Needless to say we called him Mr Squeaky and it was one of the best hours in high school I had that year. Otherwise I have to say this loud and clear, boys in high school are terrible, and I know some of you are reading out there. heh. Thank god they grow up.

American Teen is a painfully entertaining reminder of just how terrible high school can be and actually a great insight as no matter who you are/where the popular girl, the nerd, the somewhere in between slightly weird girl like myself, or even a jock well had our ups and downs with the high school experience. American Teen is a documentary that follows a set of teenagers from the same school through their senior year for better or for worst. The star athlete, the rich girl, the slightly weird artsie girl, the band geek.. pretty much someone from all the major groups in high school and the strange thing is unlike what you might have thought in school things are not so rosey on the other side either. I'm not sure I was totally like any of the kids that were featured but the one I most identify with was Hannah. Though I can't say I have any major artistic talent nor do I dream of being a film director I certainly was sort of the weird drama club kid who was friendly enough to have a few friends on both sides of the fence but being the always present new kid as we moved quite often that I was a bit too preoccupied with my owns likes and dislikes to fit into any clique. I liked artsy skater guys in bands with piercings and and long hair, hey I still do which is ironic as the only blond clean cut guy I have ever dated or considered dating is Connor's dad. How funny is that?

Hannah's life is nothing like mine was though. Her parents are a wreck, she is forced to live with her absolutely adorable grandmother who seems to really keep no tabs on her. When she is into a guy she falls hopelessly in love so much so its almost an issue. You can't help to root for her the whole time and my god watching her felt like watching myself a little as I was a monogamous dater as well I really had few relationships before my adult life and those I did were long term for the most part. A few good, a few bad, in the end they all leave their mark for better or worst.

Needless to say I loved every second of American Teen. I couldn't keep my eyes off the screen and as painful as it was to relive failed high school relationships and the pressure of the world that is high school it was a great reminder that the "good ole days" were not always great. It's a nice kick in the butt to remind me that being an adult is far superior.

American Teen is available right now on DVD and you can get a copy at Target!

I have five copies of American Teen to give away to my readers!

To enter :

  • Leave a comment on this post. Check out American Teen and tell me who you were in high school (nerd, geek, jock.. you get the picture).
  • Make sure there is a way for me to contact you - if your email address is not on your profile or you are not a blogger you may leave it in your comment or email it to me directly (angelaandconnor at gmail dot com) We have had to disqualify a lot of potential winners as of late as many people do not have emails available in their profiles or leave anonymous posts without any way to contact you.
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  • To get extra credit :
    • For an extra entry :
    • Bloggers - Blog about this contest and leave me the link on your comment, or add me to your sidebar and let me know its there.
    • Non Bloggers (or bloggers) subscribe to my mailing list/RSS feed and earn another entry!
    • One extra credit per person. Please post your extra credit in a separate post.
    • This contest will end Feb 15th at midnight!

134 Comments:

reb said...

I think i was kind of a geek.

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wendy said...

I was considered a nerd.

maadmerkf at aol dot com

mverno said...

i definitely was a jock chaser

Think about it said...

hmmmm probable a loner. (with a hand ful of friends) didn't really fit in.

Lisa said...

Bouncer. I had a friend in each group.

deedleweedle said...

The nerd that everybody made fun of.

Deborah Wellenstein said...

In high school (which was a looong time ago) I was the outcast. Nobody wanted me! (Boo-hoo)

dwhogan said...

I was myself, unique and indescribable, and categorically challenged!

valerie2350 said...

brainy jock?

;)

valerie2350 said...

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betty R.~Simply Southern said...

i was a friend,also i guess i was in ''the wild and fun crowd''. would like to watch this..enter me please

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Shelley said...

I was a "brain" but was just on the fringe of the "in" clique.

I wouldn't go back to high school for ANYTHING!!!

Don't even go to the reunions.

tskrush (at) cox (dot) net

Shelley said...

Subscriber :)

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Ken said...

I was the one to get everyone laughing. Practical joker I guess.

wigget said...

i was definitely a geek.

5webs said...

I was "the brain" and "class clown".
Alicia Webster
5webs@comcast.net

trippyjanet said...

I was an outcast.

mom2anutball said...

I was the geek!

mom2anutball said...

I subscribe via email!

VickeC said...

Well,I loved High School,I had a blast,so im guessing a Princess,at least thats how my Dad treated me,No bad memories for me,I have a teenage daughter who would love to see that movie,thanks


vlbelk(at)hotmail.com

VickeC said...

I am a subscriber


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Jesica said...

I guess I was a rebel. I didn't want to be like everyone else - so I did my own thing. I had friends in every "clique" - but for the most part I was the "weirdo" and liked it that way.

Jesica said...

I'm a subscriber :)

Jenna said...

I wasn't exactly a social butterfly. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jenna said...

I subscribe!

judybrittle said...

I was considered a greaser in high school. Most are too young to know what that was but just think of Fonzie. What a funny time in my life. Thank you!

judybrittle said...

I'm a subscriber.

susan1215 said...

I was a geek

Jackie said...

I don't know how I would classify myself...I don't think I was part of any clique. I just had a nice group of friends.

Jackie said...

I am an email subscriber

Brenda S. said...

I guess I was a rebel.

Stampnsark@aol.com

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

I wasn't part of any group- I liked a few from each and never stood out as any

banquetbabe said...

jock all the way, my dad was the football coach. team captain me.

Rebecca Graham said...

I was the nerd. Sure don't miss my high school days.

bleatham said...

I was the outcast. Would never go back for a million dollars...NO WAY!!

bleatham said...

I'm a subscriber!! Thanks

1agordon said...

I was a M.O.P. I got along with both spectrums of people.

jamielz said...

I was the class clown :)

Anonymous said...

This boy and I were both class clowns.

Nora
neneelynn@yahoo.com

toughturtles said...

rebel

Erica C. said...

nerd/jock combination

AmandaSue said...

Well I was homeschooled after 7th grade. But in that grade I definatly felt like an outcast and never felt like I fit in.

Dove420 said...

I was a Chicana Activist....High School was a looooooong time ago and there were different and explosive issues at the time.

dove42(at)comcast(dot)net

Dove420 said...

I am a subscriber

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Kaycee said...

I was a band and Latin nerd- ah, gotta love high school!

kayceewilliams AT gmail DOT COM

John Stetson said...

I was a class clown always ready with a quick reply and having fun

Helen S said...

I was a quiet one, not really in a group. Wouldn't go back either.

Helen S said...

I subscribe. Thanks
helencutie06@aol.com

mere101 said...

I was Invisible.

redron said...

loner out of place all the time

*~Dani~* said...

Probably a nerd or a shy person. Definitely not a jock.

redfuzzycow said...

i was a band geek! haha

littlelatina said...

I was shy and very in my own head

mogrill said...

Nerd!

jlafount said...

Loner

vmkids said...

I was the loud mouth funny pretty girl.

Karen said...

Me and my brother to this day are known as Geek 1 and Geek 2 to my dad :) (in a loving way of course) !!

ktgonyea at gmail.com

Heather said...

I really wasn't in any group, I had friends in every group.

mommysweeps said...

kind of a geek, definitely a late bloomer!

mommysweeps said...

subscriber, love your site

Kari said...

I was a cheerleader chick :) lol

Kari said...

Im a subscriber!

cdrury said...

cdrury@gmail.com
popular crowd

cdrury said...

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Cheryl said...

I was..a nerd.

Linda said...

Brainiac/female jock!

Becca said...

I was in the band...that says it all! Thanks. sbcashortie (at) hotmail (dot) com

Becca said...

I am a subscriber, thanks! sbcashortie (at) hotmail (dot) com

Becky said...

I was part of the "kickers" at some points then I would move into the "nerds" then into the "hippies". LOL I moved around a lot. I guess because I never really fit in with any of them but that was ok because it gave me a lot of varied friends.

I would love to see this movie.

Thanks!

Becky said...

I am a subscriber!

twbellamy said...

I was the jock.

SeeYouAgain said...

A loner.

amberlie1@comcast.net

Cheryl (Lucky Ladybug) said...

I was an artsy straight "A" student who enjoying participating in school sports :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

lucky[dot]ladybug[at]verizon[dot]net

Cheryl (Lucky Ladybug) said...

I blogged about the giveaway :
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Chelsea said...

For a while I was just the good who made straight As and then I became kind of a loner/hippie type, I hung out with stoners but didn't actually do anything myself. I would have been considered "emo" as well, lol. (waterprincess812@aol.com)

Chelsea said...

I subscribe. (waterprincess812@aol.com)

chromiumman said...

i was a ghost

MJC617 said...

WASN'T THOUGHT OF EITHER WAY

Ashley said...

sporty geek (possible? yes!)
ashlomb at yahoo dot com

AmberRose95 said...

I didn't really fit into any category--probably because I had at least one friend in each group. Thank you for the contest!

AmberRose95{at}gmail.com

AmberRose95 said...

I'm a subscriber!

AmberRose95{at}gmail.com

mindy said...

invisible i very rarely showed up thanks for the giveaway

eyeslikesugar said...

I was the shy, depressed, geek. Now I'm a happy, outgoing, geek. :) Thank you for offering this giveaway! eyeslikesugar [at] gmail [dot] com

jayne said...

I was a brain. Now -not so much-lol!
dugsdream at gmail dot com

denyse said...

I didn't fit in a catagory. I was unique. Still am:)

Ken said...

I was a tech nerd in HS. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

Thomas Semesky said...

I was the QUIET ONE.
sunstraw@aol.com

Melissa said...

I was both the nerd/bookworm and the cheerleader.

Daniel M said...

dweeb probably - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Angela said...

I was a geek. Funny thing is that a lot of years later the geeks are pretty cool.

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I was an outcast!

mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I am a subscriber!

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brian grasso said...

I was the bookworm

elkaye said...

I was a weirdo nerd.


elkaye[at]gmail[dot]com

AmandaK said...

I was the loner with only a few friends. I was also painfully shy.

orchestratenoise0726[at]yahoo[dot]com

Anonymous said...

dweeb outcast - My home life was chaos.

Gabriel said...

a nerd, happy, but a nerd...


legab67156[at]gmail.com

azrosebud said...

I was a geek and a loner

purango said...

I was the intellectual and the loner and outsider. garrettsambo@aol.com

Carolyn said...

I was a rebel. In trouble a lot and not much parental supervision. It is why I am a stay at home mom now!

Anonymous said...

I've never been a person you could put in a classification box. I could hang with almost any crowd. I never liked labels. Thanks!
pjgirl74 at aol dot com

sachidewey said...

I was quite the little goth girl.

yellowlabs said...

I was in the religious/christian group

Hunter McMillian said...

Hope I win. I stayed true to myself. :D And still do. :)

hunter.mcmillian@yahoo.com

Kitty said...

Didn't fit in one group. Guess, oddball is best guess.

autielady[at]live.com

kerri69 said...

I was not in a group of any kind i was friends with everyone i wasnt a geek but i was not popular either

Alice500 said...

Hmm...not sure what I was considered...not exactly an outcast, but I definitely didn't mingle with schoolmates...at all....lol

backflash_tuna@juno.com

lisalmg said...

I think I was a nerdy prep. I got straight A's and loved school and got along with just about everyone. Thanks!
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lisalmg said...

I'm subscribed to your RSS feed.
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KristenH said...

I was definitely a little bit of a nerd in high school. I always wanted to do so well in all my classes and was constantly studying at times. This is a great giveaway and I really hope I win. Thanks.
girlof80s@aol.com

Jayfr said...

I was a bit of a geek. Can you say D&D?

traymona said...

I was the shy kid that blended into the background. It amazes me when I run into someone from my schooldays and they remember me. I thought I was totally anonymous in school.
traymona[at]aol.com

kathy pease said...

i was the rebel now that i have my own kids i feel so bad about the BS i put my mom through :(

kathy pease said...

im a subscriber klp1965@myfairpoint.net :)

Jayme Isaacs said...

I Was Definately A Geek In High School

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Jayme Isaacs said...

I'm A Subscriber

ACW333 said...

I was a studious goody goody but I went to a cut-throat school so I didn't feel smart. I loved my high school though and it made me who I am today. My two best friends from high school are still my closest friends today.

Candie said...

I was your typical nerd. Thanks for reliving this for me.

candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

Candie said...

I am a subscriber. Thank you.

candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

Ardy22 said...

I was the studious nerd whom everyone laughed at and now wish they were in my shoes. Lol!

Ardy22 said...

also a subscriber!

Web said...

I was the wall flower with hand me down clothes and shoes with soles that flapped. Not kidding

weblynx at hotmail.com

MAW said...

i was the joker

Casey Becher said...

I guess I was a geek, but I didn't feel like I was at the time. All of my friends took Calculus and AP classes - we thought the kids who didn't were weird.

Leslie said...

geek

Helen said...

I was a nerd. Very active in student council.

ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

How can I say this in a pg version:

I was a tramp, an over sex o hlic, a tart, a skank.

I was also a "Headbanger" & a party animal.

It was the 80's......enough said.

I was so bad the bad kids hated me........lol.

Now I am sober & a born again christian.

However, I am a legend in this small town.

ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

I subscribe!

zestywonderland@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I was a loner
vivianbl@olg.com

Samantha P said...

theatre kid/ art freak! worked for me!

Samantha P said...

subscriber!

bndraldy said...

I had friends in every "clique" - One of the sweetest and funniest guys I ever knew, and my best friend, was gay. I was good friends with a FONZ! I was invited to the homes of the elite. I don't think I could be classified. I just loved everybody! Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway!

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