“Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old,” said Franz Kafka. And yes, one of the advantages to being of a young age does mean that one’s sense of optimism may still be in tact and the world does still hold its hopeful spark. But when it comes to teenage years, life can be incredibly daunting and terrifying, trying to discover just who you are and who you want to be, struggling for autonomy in a world that stills looks at you as a child. But with a slew of teen-focused films to have been released so far this year, we’ve seen myriad representations of youth—from the tumultuousness of revolt to the ennui that leads to destruction.
Ranking the 10 Best Teen Films of 2013 Thus Far