Last summer



“I love writing about the summer between high school and college. It’s the last gasp of really being a teen.”

—Sarah Dessen


Craft a fictional story about a teen’s final summer before heading to college; alternatively, write a nonfiction retelling of your own final summer. What are the stakes? What emotions does a teen experience during this “last gasp?” What does one leave behind when they move from their childhood hometown? How does this experience change a person? Explore these themes as you write.


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