What “Eighth Grade” Taught Me About Myself

The unbearable awkwardness of being in eighth grade

“Eighth Grade” is an awkward movie. A horribly, painfully honest movie that every person who has passed through middle school in the United States can relate to. It brings up bad memories, laughs at silences or forced conversation, and applauds the conscientious young people out there who struggle, fall, and triumph in terrifying social arenas every day. And yet, through all of the cringing over middle school…