Subintentioned Death: Background information when reading The Hit

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The Hit

by Melvin Burgess

The Hit
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    Feb 2014, 304 pages

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Subintentioned Death

Ironically, the very thing that most parents hope for can turn out to be the very last thing that they want for their child. That is, most parents strive to raise a child who will, upon school graduation, get a job and move into his/her own place. But for this to happen the child must be ready to accept a certain amount of risk. After all, signing a lease does not guarantee that one will always be able to pay the rent. Especially in these uncertain times, the risk of losing one's position looms large in every employee's mind.

Teen BrainAnd so, researchers are learning that, by necessity, the adolescent brain is hardwired to be rather blasé about risky behavior. Teens, just because they have teenaged brains, can live quite happily with a lot of ambiguity. That's good when you want the kid to move out. Not so much when the kid sees nothing wrong with risking his/her life for the sake of, say, a quick high from a street drug or the thrill of unprotected sex with a dodgy ...

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