Passing Each Other in Halls by Matt de la Pena
I finally read again and this story was just awesome. It's about an 18 year old kid who goes out on the town with his older friend one evening. They start at a club (with a fake ID), meet some girls, and end up at some rich guy's house. It feels like a movie which is nice because it's easy to picture for the reader.
Story: 10 of 10
The author handles dialog very well. That is the first thing I noticed about this story. The two main characters are nicely developed for a short story and the secondary characters are believable enough. All of the characters say things that you would expect "that type of person" to say. I enjoyed this story enough that I will find more of the author's work and read it.
Teachability: 9 of 10
For an older high school class I would recommend. The only thing holding me back is there is one scene of foreplay and the occasional vulgarity. Besides that, I think that kids would really enjoy this piece. Maybe because of that they'd enjoy it. But it does make things more difficult as a teacher when you have to navigate those pesky adult themes. Great read though.