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Adolescence gets dangerously turbulent in the I Am Not Okay With This trailer

Adolescence is a tumultuous time, but in the pop-culture landscape, puberty can often bring with it unexpected, possibly supernatural or telekinetic powers. Netflix has already had a successful adaptation of a graphic novel by Charles Forsman (a.k.a. “the left-handed Frank Miller”) with The End Of The F***ing World. Now the series goes back to that particular well for an adaptation of I Am Not Okay With This, which appears to be in the tradition of Stephen King’s Carrie. It co-stars Sophia Lillis (also, Sharp Objects and Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase) and Wyatt Oleff reunite to portray troubled Sydney and her friendly neighbor Stanley.

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Like the book, the trailer starts out with the line, “Dear diary, go fuck yourself.” Sydney has been tasked with keeping a journal by her school counselor, as she keeps having fits of anger that are getting more difficult to control. Any hormone-fueled teenager can relate, until Sydney’s anger take a turn and starts becoming more destructive and powerful than she can handle. Given that the trailer kicks off with the image of a very Carrie-like, blood-soaked Sydney, we suspect things don’t go well. But the pedigree of Forsman, The End Of The F***ing World director Jonathan Entwistle, Stranger Things producers including Josh S. Barry, Dan Cohen, and Rand Geiger, along with the talented young cast, make this a series for adolescent/horror fans to carve out some time for when it drops on Netflix on February 26.

Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.

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