I really enjoyed the parts of Back Stage Pass that we got to read, so I'm having kind of hard time understanding why so many people in the forum feel frustrated with Desert and are being so hard on her--including our Dear Reader guide, Stephanie! I'm not exactly 16 anymore, but I remember feeling a lot of the things we seee Desert struggling with, like the internal dialogue she has when she's talking to Becca and her mom and how territorial she is when Faith is flirting with her dad.
As for cussing, frankly no one should do it, but the fact of the matter is that kids do cuss a lot, and it would seem kind of unrealistic to me if a girl who's spent her whole life touring with a Grammy-winning rock band wasn't a little ahead of her time and maybe even a little screwed up in some ways.
Someone suggested that Desert go to the school counselor, which really surprised me because I thought a lot of the things she complains about and thinks about are pretty normal 16-year-old reactions to stuff. When you're a kid you're supposed to be a little self-centered and a little spoiled because that's how you learn and kind of balance out into being an adult.
But maybe that's a good idea, Desert seeing a counselor of some kind. Maybe more kids in high school should do that. High school is hard--especially when you're in a brand new place like Desert is. High school is all about discovering yourself and inventing yourself, and Desert has to do it all over again every time she moves! My whole life I kept hearing that high school was "the best years of your life," but I don't think it's true. High school is when you learn what you want to do with the best years of your life when they come around.