Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates

The story centers on a teenage girl who, caught between the vanity of adolescence and the desire for adulthood, finds herself the target of a menacing stranger. With her family away, the protagonist encounters a charismatic but dangerous man who arrives at her home and attempts to coax her into his car. As the narrative unfolds, the girl is drawn into a tense and psychological game of cat and mouse that explores themes of identity, sexuality, and vulnerability. The story is a chilling examination of the transition from adolescence to adulthood and the perils that can accompany that journey.

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