Laura M., age 14, North Carolina

Goody day and really bad. In Art, me and Courtney talked about how much we hated it at “Apex High” and decided to ask our parents for a transfer. Well, she asked and her mom said “no.” I asked and my mom said she was going to try to get this for me. Now the plan is all screwed up. I have to choose “between Scylla and Charybdis.” I think Cary High is the lesser difficulty. But the last thing I want to do is leave Courtney and hurt her. She’ll feel abandoned and it sucks.