The authors, I think, have the right idea of what the 21st century teen is and what they are going through in our lives. For example, Siddhartha has the mind set on finding himself, and that is all teenagers’ goals in life. Siddhartha sometimes loses himself when he gets lost and does not know which path to take, but in the end, he is able to figure everything out and is one step closer to finding himself. Teenagers are just like Siddhartha in this situation. Sometimes we end up making a mistake, or we are confused with something in life, we are lost. Sometimes being lost helps us in the end to guide us where we need to go. All the immature things we do as teens will help us as we grow older and mature, to not do those stupid things we did in our teen years. We learn from our mistakes. Teens are trying their best to find their identity in order to have a purpose in the world. The authors were able to show how a typical teen is lost and is looking for that purpose or desire to be here in the world. Literature does a good job of defining a typical 21st century teenager in my opinion. In Siddhartha, Herman Hesse accurately depicts how a teenager is in need of self-discovery, which is what teenagers do.