Youth or consequences

By SHARON STEEL  |  March 14, 2007

But Girl Authority don’t seem the least bit concerned. They tell me over and over how much fun they are having — so much fun, no matter how much they’ve had to give up to make room for grueling rehearsals and hours spent learning choreography. What stresses out 14-year-old Alex the most over the course of the evening aren’t my questions about her future but whether she should get the Click Five to autograph a T-shirt she has in her bag so she can sell it on eBay. The girls debate this issue passionately. At first, it was hard to say which way things would go. Then I saw the look of weak-kneed adoration on Alex’s face when the Click Five appeared. That autographed shirt isn’t going anywhere. Why sell yourself short of the experience of a lifetime?

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