Thursday, August 12, 2010

I'm 17 Again! So Where's My Zac Efron?

I admit it. I totally think he's pretty. No matter how you feel about High School Musical, how can you look at this boy and not go, "Wow, isn't it illegal to be so freaking beautiful?" I mean, HIS EYES! And his figure and his . . .

Okay, I'll stop. I swear, this picture sort of has a point. You see, this is a picture from 17 Again (the movie that made me realize that ZEfron was more tha just Troy Bolton from HSM). Also, it's a movie I've been thinking about a lot lately.

As some of you may or may not know, Sunday was my birthday. I turned nineteen, but I'm kind of in denial about the number.

"Why?" you ask. Nineteen is still young. Nineteen isn't like old or gross or wrinkly. No, I know that. Nineteen isn't so bad. I know, I know. But I want to be seventeen again.

Again, the big question - WHY? Well, last year, I didn't want to be eighteen. In a lot of ways, seveteen seemed like the perfect age to me. You're grown up, but not a GROWNUP. You're smart enough to do the right thing, but young enough to get away with making the wrong choice. You're right at that intersection between adult and child, and it's kind of . . . well, amazing.

If I could, I would be seventeen forever.

Mentally, I think I am seventeen. My characters are almost always seventeen. When people ask my age, I have to remind myself that I'm not seveteen anymore. It just feel so natural. That's the age where I finally started to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. When I finally started to fit in.

I was seventeen when my book sold.

Seventeen when I reconnected with a former best friend and we became besties all over again.

Seventeen when I realized that the people who had put me down for years weren't the people I should be spending time with.

Seventeen - the second half of it at least - was a year of epiphanies for me. It was the best and, in some ways, the worst year of my life all in one.

So, as far as I'm concerned, I'm seventeen. Now and forever.

*cue Edward Cullen jokes here*

But seriously, I wonder if we all have that "age." That age when we really became ourselves and in our hearts are still there. I think a lot of us YA writers have that. Maybe every single person does. I know that, for my mom, it was nineteen. She says she will always feel nineteen.

So what about you? What is your mental age? If you could be one age for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Now, to wrap up the post, I ask you, if I'm 17 Again, where is my Zac Efron?

Oh! Here he is!


Brooke said...

oh my gosh I love that movie! and Zach Efron! I also agree that being seventeen is a great age!! I'm turning 19 at the end of the month and I feel like it's nothing really special except I'm older haha

Girlinbetween said...

I refuse to believe I'm 18!

On my 17th birthday my friends and I watche 17 again XD

Emilia Plater said...

Auughh the gorgeous <3 It's shameful to think it, but it's truuue haha.

I think I really came into myself (weird phrase lol) at 16. But I'm really looking forward to being 18. I feel like that will be my age. Maybe. :D

Brooke said...

I just turned *gasp* 30 and I still feel 17. That was the year for me, too.

Holly Bodger said...

You're bang on, Kody. I totally believe that a writer's voice has an age and for everyone that is different. Maybe we need Dr. Phil to tell us why! LOL!

P.S. I'm too old to admit that I LOVE Zac Efron (even if I do, in fact, LOVE Zac Efron...sigh!)

Steph said...

He IS so dreamy. Loved him as Link! Although, he does kind of lose a little appeal when my daughter has posters of him all over her room, sigh.

Anyway, I for sure think I am permanently 18, even though I just turned 30 (gulp). When I get together with my kids friends parents, I think, "ugh, I have nothing in common with these people, they are so OLD and BORING!" Total denial for me...

Happy belated birthday! Hope it rocked. And though you may always feel a special place for being 17, there is a whole lot of living left to do with awesome experiences that come with getting older. :)

calikas said...

First of all. YAY for Hairspray picture! haha.
My "stay at forever age" is definitely 19. That is when i met my husband and really discovered who I really am.

Joanna said...

Love that movie! But you already knew that...

Dude. I am *totally* 12 years old, now and forever. I was still playing man hunt at 12. Video games late into the night. Reading and finally breaking into new genres! (hello Mr. King). I got my first "boyfriend" and first kiss at 12, too. And first dance. A best friend also moved away then, and I made new friends, too. It's the year I started middle school. Gawd, I want to go back, NOW!


storyqueen said...

Old and wrinkly chiming in here...hahaha.

Just wanted you to know that I saw the pic of you and Jo wearing matching boots and wanted to tell you that I would wear matching boots with you guys, too!

(Except they wouldn't look as cute on me....)


P.S. ZEfron was really good in 17 again.

Claire Dawn said...

Nice post! And great job on Writeoncon. Quick question, I'd like to do a giveaway of the Duff on my blog, and I'd like an author recommended book to give with it. Suggestions?

Ronni said...

I'm 35, but when I write, all of my characters are 17. Also, I say that I am mentally 19. I love 19. I don't know what it is. Maybe it's because it's the year I started college, started dating my first serious boyfriend, and started learning who I am. OK, I'm STILL learning who I am.

So don't knock 19. 17 was amazing for you, but 19 is pretty cool too. It was for me, at least. :)

Happy Birthday!

Caroline Starr Rose said...

I'm happily out of my teens. Each decade just gets better and better. I'd like to be able to say someday (along with Maya Angelou) that my seventies were my best decade yet...

Lisa Desrochers said...

Okay, so, first of all, freakin' HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Second of all, where other people say they're trying to get in touch with their inner child, I've been searching for years for my inner adult. Never found her. I'll alway be 18. Forever.

Laura Marcella said...

I recently saw that movie. It was really good! I didn't like how the film portrayed all teenage girls as ditzy, dumb, boy-crazy idiots, but other than that it was a fun movie!

Seventeen was one my favorite ages, too. 16 seemed too young still and 18 seemed too old. But 17 was pretty perfect!

My forever age? 10!!! Lol! I want to always be in touch with my inner child!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Just wait till your physican tells you it's time for your first mammogram and you say, "But I'm only seventeen!"

Not that it's happened to me. ;)

Horserider said... seventeen. When people ask how old I am, I still have to remind myself not to say I'm 16. Right now I'd say my forever age is probably about 15, though that'll probably change when I get older. Fifteen because it's just old enough that you're trusted, but not old enough that you have to take on major adult responsibilities, like driving.

Stephanie said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE Zac Efron!!!!! Tried to watch 17 Again a few weeks ago and my copy would not play in my DVD player...I was quite bummed.

Isn't it amazing when you get to a certain place in your life and realize what really matters? Happy Birthday!

Looking forward to reading your comes out the day before my birthday (but I'll be turning 33 EEEEKKKK!!!!!)

M.J. Horton said...

I'm just like HR. I'm seventeen too.

I have to remind myself not to say 16 anymore. Hehe.

I think I should start taking notes about this year because I'm pretty sure I'll be at this mentality for the rest of my life. But, I have a feeling an age between 18-22 will be my prime. I can't explain it...just a feeling. :D

Kody Keplinger said...

Thanks everyone! And I love hearing your ages!

Claire - Oh fun!!! I recommend LEAVING PARADISE by Simone Elkeles.

Jordyn said...

15. I can't even really say why, except that just feels like MY AGE. No idea why.

Celise said...

I'm knocking on the nearly-40 door and I totally think Zac is a hottie. He looks even better in CHARLIE ST CLOUD. Loved him as Linc Larkin, too. In my head, I'm stuck at 16. My characters are usually in the 16-18 range.

June G said...

I've always said 16 was the best year of my life. Ever! It was truly sweet 16. But Kody, if you feel like this now, I don't know what's going to happen when you get over ready for it,cause it's coming for you girl!

Lizzie said...

I myself am only 15 but I keep feeling like 16 is really going to be my year. I'll be driving, I'll have a job (hopefully at a bookstore!), I'll be starting college even >.< Okay, don't let me think about that part yet. Just. Don't. SO not ready for it.

Anyways... I felt this way when I was 13 turning 14. It's strange, because that's such a young age and being eternally 13 would be total hell. I think 16 or 17 are good ages, ages where I think I'll find myself. All of my characters are 16 and 17 and they all seem to be finding themselves, so I will NOT let them outrun me, haha.

I'm pretty repulsed by Zac Efron myself, but not because of HSM or anything. It's just... my brother looks so similar to Zac that I cannot look at him and think, "Oh my, what a dreamboat! <3 <3 <3" It's always been that way and I only recently figured out why after watching, what else? 17 Again! Yep.

Since you can't technically have Zac Efron, would you like my brother instead? =P Bahahaha

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