Controversial Song of the Day: “Paper Cliche” by Action Action
For the entire month of April, we’ll be participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Our theme for the month? CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS IN YA. Check out the link above for other awesome blogs participating.
Imagine a world where the jocks and cheerleaders rule the school. Where quiet loners are shoved into lockers at every turn. Where the rank in popularity is apparent by the seating arrangements in the cafeteria.
You say this world doesn’t exist anymore? I say you’re right…kind of.
No, the cliches from the eighties don’t exist anymore, and I think that the new 21 Jumpstreet movie does a fantastic job of proving this. It isn’t so cool to be–well, cool. The students that go against the grain are in now–the ones that love the environment and want to do well in school.
But only in some areas.
I’ve worked in public schools for six years, and let me tell you, you can walk into a classroom and notice which students are popular and which are not. It’s not always apparent. The popular kids aren’t wearing letter jackets, and the outcasts aren’t in trench coats or eyeglasses. But that divide is there–it’s just more subtle.
Here are some YA novels that take a look at cliques:
How do you all feel about cliches and cliques in YA? Do you think they still exist in real life?