Across fiction and real life, self-actualization can start early. Whether it’s the story of a humanoid robot whose consciousness is awakened when he falls in love, the memoir of a biracial American trying to connect with their Mexican family, or a young adoptee whose passion for cosplay, comics, and animation helps them accept the monster within, illustrating the inner life comes with unique challenges and extraordinary revelations. Explore three deeply affecting YA works – by Wendy Xu (Infinity Particle), Christine Suggs (¡Ay, Mija!), and Sarah Myer (Monstrous) – in a discussion about understanding and nurturing our younger selves, and how it affects our relationships with others. Moderated by Whitney Leopard, Senior Editor of RH Graphics.