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If You’re Havin’ Lit Problems, I Can Relate to You, Son. I Got 90s Problems, and a Book Is One.

It’s funny to think that just a little more than a decade ago we were still in the 90s, which happens to be my favorite decade (and why wouldn’t it be? just look at how awesome it is). But while the 90s may have been recent, the swelling nature of technological and social change has made many of the challenges kids like me who grew up during that time obsolete.

If you were one of the few kids–like Zack from Saved by the Bell–who could afford the nearly $4,000 it cost to buy one, much less pay for the plan, this is the huge brick you had the pleasure of lugging around.

Enter 90s hunk James Van Der Beek, whose improvised (and very ugly) moment of angsty excess during season 3 of hit teen drama Dawson’s Creek got screencapped and began the 90s problem meme.

Take, for example, the way you learn about and acquire new music. A friend posts a video they just found out about on Facebook and within a minute you’ve downloaded an MP3, right? Not for a 90s kid!

Want more insight into the world of what it was to be an 80s baby and grow up during the 90s? Click here!

So in the spirit of 90s problems, I’ve created a bunch of my own, featuring teens from 90s young adult literature with similar predicaments. If only they were born just a decade later!

Anyway, each one links to the catalog record for the book. Take your best guess before clicking, then read ’em and weep (for their poor 90s souls)!

~Joseph
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main

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