Memoir Mixtapes Vol.2 // B-Sides

Achtung Baby by U2– How I Survived My Adolescence by Jessica Siobhan Frank

It’s April 14, 1993 and I arrive at Carl Sandburg Junior High School before my friends have. My father picked me up at 7, and I am eager to get to school after 10 days of hell on the adolescent floor of the mental hospital. I turned 14 a few weeks earlier, and at 14,
any day without your friends is a long day. Ten of them strung together in the scariest place on earth made days feel like weeks, and I was more than ready to go back to school.

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About the Author:
Jessica Siobhan Frank is an MFA candidate at McNeese State University. Her work has appeared in Ninth Letter (online), The Poeming Pigeon, Portage Magazine, and several other publications. She lives in Lake Charles, LA with her three children but is originally from the Chicago area.

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