The Teenage Suicide That Could Have Been by Stephanie Georgopulos
This is a personal narrative essay that is about the author attempting suicide when she was 15 but it's more than that. Georgopulos is coming from a place that is relevant and the immediacy she writes with is showcased in this essay. She wasn't just a teen who attempted suicide. She also cut herself. She had depression. She kept journals. She wanted to wear the right clothes and fit in. She listened to music and it became a soundtrack for her life. These are all things that teens can relate to. Even if a teen hasn't attempted suicide or even considered it, it's there. It's talked about. It's a thing. The same with cutting. Lots of kids cut themselves but even if they don't, they know about it. It's present. And depression? Yep. This essay is so true it's scary.
Essay: 10 of 10
Georgeopulos is a gifted writer. The piece breaks into a couple parts, with the story of her attempt and why it happened taking up most of the piece and the end of the essay being for teens who may be reading. She talks about what a huge mistake dying would have been because life is good and giving up is stupid and a waste.
Teachability: not sure
To be honest, I don't know if I'd teach this essay but I really want my kids to read it. It is important. If it meant me teaching it in order for kids to be exposed to it, so be it. Thanks for sharing this piece, Ms. Georgopulos.