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Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By DreaH, Earlham, IA

Margaret Mitchell's classic tale of love in hard times is much more than just a romance. Scarlett O'Hara, a 16-year-old Southern belle, is quite the whippersnapper. Set during the Civil War, the novel follows her through war, destruction, and unrequited love. Mitchell gives readers such an intimate view of Scarlett's mind that though you may not like her, you respect her and want her to triumph.

The novel begins with Scarlett in carefree Southern society as the most desired gal in the county. But when Ashley Wilkes, the man she loves, ­announces that he is going to marry someone else, Scarlett's world starts to fall apart. Hastily marrying in order to make Ashley jealous, she sets off a series of events that lead her further into despair. One day, as she is scavenging for food in another's garden, she decides that “there [is] no going back, and she [is] going forward.

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