YES! Here's how.
Read your diaries. Yes, it's embarrassing. Yes, you'll realize your vocabulary at that age wasn't quite as great as you remember it being. But it's fascinating what you'll learn about the young adult mind-set. Here, I'll go first. I absolutely did not make these up:
2/25/96 (Age 11)
I hope I start losing weight before junior high. I am wearing cooler clothes now, though.
3/29/96 (Age 11)
I just read Phantom Toll Booth. Sam is thinking of having a makeup party--cool! She's going to the Mall of America. I hope she brings me something back! I'm going to babysit over spring break and make big $$$.
I HATE Adam.
PS: Kate is such a computer hog!!!
4/1/96 (Age 11)
WE ARE MOVING!
Ha April Fool's. I really got you. :-) <-- that is a new online trend to mean smiley face. - Anna
Thing I've Learned: In middle-grade books, girls should still think boys are gross and mean. But they already worry about their appearance and what other girls think about them. Makeup and babysitting = the epitome of AWESOME. Humor is not very high brow. Big sisters are jerks.
Books This Validates: Every single book in the Little Sister series of Baby-Sitter's Club books by Ann M. Martin and the Sweet Valley Twins series by Francine Pascal
YOUR TURN! I'll be sharing and analyzing more entries every Friday for the month of February. If you'd like to join in on your own blog and happen to have your old writings nearby, leave a link in the comments!
PS: Thanks to my dear friend Ginger at GReads! for the icon.