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Emma G. Loves Boyz: A True Love Journal
by Taro Meyer
GENRE: YA/Middle Grade
Emma G. is CRAZY about Aaron, lead singer of Boyz3000. Of course, she doesn’t actually know him, but so what? Feelings are feelings. That is until Josh appears… and he’s soooooo CUTE. Navigating her two crushes and her middle school life, especially with eighth-grade hater Renee around, is a challenge. And oh yeah, she’s got to earn money for an AWESOME trip to the Bahamas to see the band of her dreams. Hello???? How much can one thirteen-year-old take???
“Boyz3000 will be where?”
“AT THE HOTEL IN THE BAHAMAS WHERE I AM GOING!!!!” she screamed into my ear. “THEY’RE DOING A CONCERT!!”
“OH MY GOD!!!” I screamed back. I nearly fell off my chair. “That is so awesome!”
“I know, but wait! My parents said I could take a friend, and I want to take you!”
“Me?” I gasped. “You want to take me? To see Boyz3000 in their concert?”
“Yes, because we both love them and you’re my best friend and…”
Jenny kept talking, but I was so excited I didn’t hear anything else until she said, “We are leaving next Saturday for the weekend.”
“No! Next Saturday! The one after this weekend! My parents will pay for the hotel and all. You’ll share my room. You just need to pay for your plane ticket.”
“Uh-oh,” I said. “How much does that cost?”
“It’s on a special deal; it’s a hundred and fifty dollars.”
“Oh. That’s a lot of money. I don’t know if they’ll pay that.”
“I know it’s a lot, but they have to.”
“But what if they don’t?”
Jenny thought for a minute. “Tell them you’ll die if you don’t go.”
“That kind of thing doesn’t work with my parents.”
“Well, think of something! ANYTHING!!!” she shrieked. “My dad is trying to get us backstage passes for the Meet and Greet!!!”
“WHAT?” I gasped. “THE MEET AND GREET???”
“Yes!!!” Jenny squealed. “We’ll be able to meet them IN PERSON, and probably talk to them too because my dad works in TV and…”
She was still talking but I didn’t hear anything else. Oh my God!!! Oh my God!!! My heart totally stopped beating at that very moment…
Social Media's Influence on Teens: Positive vs. Negative Effects
Social media is a tool that gives us the ability to communicate and connect with one another on a level that was considered sci-fi fantasy not so many years ago. Our ideas can be instantly shared with people across the globe. Teens can join organizations geared to their interests and groups that work for social justice even if far from the center of that activity. They can be creative in ways that had previously been reserved for professionals, and social media allows that creativity – their videos, music, writing, etc. – to be broadcast and shared globally. It has also allowed them to forge friendships with people in places far beyond their schools or neighborhoods. In its power to create relationships across nations, it can become a tool of greater global cooperation as teens enter their adult worlds.
But that same positive outreach can also amplify the “noise” of social media: the bullying, the shaming, and the ability to attack anonymously. These technological assaults can remain in the electronic universe for years. They are harmful mostly for the victim, but are also damaging to the perpetrators, who are learning to value victimization over empathy.
And the increasing dependence on a device for forming “relationships” can be destructive, denying teens the kind of real face to face contact that is the basis of human growth.
Every generation faces situations and/or new technologies that provide exciting growth potential and serious challenges. I have great faith that the people brought up in the world of social media will lean toward the positive and succeed, as did the generations before them who were told that their love of radio, or rock and roll, or MTV would damage their futures. Change is always with us. And it’s not only up to teens to adjust; it’s up to parents, teachers, and the broader culture to support a value system that emphasizes the positive and decreases the appeal of the negative: fewer reality shows that promote aggression, shaming, and bullying; a political focus on policy not personality, and a greater spotlight on teens using social media to improve their lives and the lives of others. Many are out there doing it and in their hands, social media is a positive tool.
Taro Meyer is a Grammy, Parents’ Choice, and Audie Award winning Audio Producer who has been producing and directing YA audiobooks for over 20 years, including The Princess Diaries Series starring Anne Hathaway, the All American Girl Series starring Ari Meyers, The Inheritance Cycle (Eragon, Eldest, Brisngr) and Judy Blume’s The Pain and the Great One, Here’s to You Rachel Robinson and Tiger Eyes among others.
She co-produced two touring companies of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's smash rock show Christmas Eve and Other Stories and their TV special The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, receiving Gold and Platinum Albums for her work with the team. She was associate producer of the award winning anti-bullying movie, “The Contest,” and co-produced the premier showcase of off-Broadway’s Little Willie.
As an actress and singer, she starred on Broadway in the musical Zorba, in numerous regional and off-Broadway shows, and on TV’s All My Children, Another World (for which she also composed music) and the mini-series Memories of Midnight, amongst others.
Meyer wrote and produced the upcoming children’s album: Mighty Musical Fairy Tales, starring international artist Patti Austin; an updated, joyous musical version of Classic Fairy tales, accompanied by an illustrated book, The Ugly Duckling.
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