I know people have strong feelings about flashbacks. Here's my issue-- My main character is a teenager (at first) who is in her own head a lot, as most teens are. She thinks about people she's known in the past and how they changed her in the way she relates to people she knows now. She is confused by boys, etc. and her train of thought goes to other interactions she's had with boyfriends. Obviously, that 'thinking' is a flashback. Memories are flashbacks, right? I think some personalities live in the past a lot. I know I do it. I am constantly assessing people or situations based on previous ones...and it comes out on the page. In addition, this girl, my main character, has a grandma who loves to tell stories about when she was a young girl first coming to this country. They are funny, sad, and usually very meaningful to the MC. Again, are these stories considered flashbacks? They are truly necessary to my story, and *I* think they are interesting in the way they tie things together.