Doom and Gloom: Ill-fated Characters of Teen Literature

With St. Patrick's Day coming up, many people have luck on their minds. Unfortunately, not everyone can have the luck of the Irish. In fact, some people have a life riddled with bad luck and misfortune. One might even say that some people are ill-fated, destined to a life of constant trials and tribulation.

While every teen at some point feels like the whole world is out to get them, for these characters, that might actually be a possibility. Take your mind off your own problems for a bit and explore the troubles of others.

Despite the title Lucky Penny, Penny is down on her luck after finding herself jobless and homeless. If you are looking for a more upbeat and funny read, this is one to check out.

In The Game of Love and Death, our two characters Flora and Henry have had their share of misfortune. Now, unbeknownst to them, they must fall in love with each other, or suffer the consequences.

Jepp is a 15-year-old dwarf who has never meet his father in Jepp, Who Defied the Stars, which takes place in the 16th century. On a quest to find out if fate is predetermined or if we make our own fortune (or misfortune), Jepp encounters many hardships and faces many adversaries.

Shackleton illustrates the adventure of Ernest Shackleton and his attempt to explore Antarctica. The perilous journey comes to an end when the ships is crushed in ice. Despite the harsh conditions and unimaginable desolation, all of the crew survives.

In your experience, do you believe we make our own luck or is our fate predetermined?

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