Waiting To Die In Bayside, Queens
United States, 2017, 6 min.
This film is family friendly.
A 15-year old girl caught up in the complexities of high school social structure thinks she's dying. Maybe she's overreacting.
When I first read Waiting To Die In Bayside, Queens, I found it to be hilarious as much as it was true. At the age of fifteen, everyone thinks they're going to die of 'natural causes' - embarrassment, boredom, drama. These emotions worked in conjunction with our no-longer hibernating hormones to create the cocktail known as adolescence. But Jordyn was special to me because she was no different. This is the most honest portrayal of teen angst I have seen that didn't involve vampires and dystopian regimes. Jordyn may be from a different time but her struggle is one that resonates between eras. Pop star crushes, odd families, believing that dying is easier than facing that crush- all rites of passage. As Jordyn says, "It's hard to believe in yourself when nobody else does." But then again, don't we need that adversity to scrub away the moody teens we used to be? We were all just waiting to die- but to live on as better, happier people.
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