Hi all. I am writing a fantasy novel that starts with a teenage MC in school. He is thrust into an adventure in an Arabian Nights-style dream world after about 5 chapters, but a part of that dream world periodically disturbs his ordinary world during the first five chapters and keep you wondering what is going on. He's lost his father, but finds him in the dream world stuck and needing help. In fact the whole reason the dream world is in peril is because of his father's mistakes. So, that's a bit of backstory for you to understand my struggle. The problem I am having with this story is that all my characters except my MC seem interesting and fun; unique in their own way. I absolutely love the story and the characters, but I am having a hard time not being trapped into making a similar teenager to all the other ones I read about (Potter, Percy Jackson, etc). Being past my teenage years by some amount, I've asked a few what teenagers worry about today and they say careers, but that doesn't really play well into what I'm trying to make. Right now, my 15-year old character's goal is acceptance and finding his place in life. He likes to read and he is a lucid dreamer. Those two traits are really important to the story, because they help propel him and guide him through to success. A little more about the character: he is bored in school because he's smarter than the curriculum and has teachers that don't teach very well. He's also into a girl in class, but doesn't have the nerve to talk to her and turns clumsy around her (She eventually approaches him because his wish is granted that they are assigned to work together on an assignment). The antagonist of the story is a quarterback who also likes the girl, and even though neither of them get her during the story, the friction over her between them eventually ends up in a duel that crosses worlds. Whenever the MC tries to improve a situation, things seem to go wrong. He takes care of his mom, who has become a mess since his father "died" and he is really bugged by her depression and feels like too much responsibility is on his head. I suppose he's an escapist, since his life isn't turning out so well and he wishes for an easy out, but he works hard for what he wants even though it usually fails. So, now that you know some about him, how can I spice this guy up and make him interesting? I'm having such a hard time getting into a teenage mindset and I just can't seem to define the MC. Maybe the story itself isn't flexible enough to define him. I don't know. Can you guys and gals help me out a little? If there are any details that I can provide, please ask. Thanks!