When I think of the word “childhood”, I think of the most crucial time of my life. For most people, it is the period of life where we learn the most and are highly influenced by the people around us. Our experiences and environment, during childhood, mold our future. I thought it would be interesting to draw a comparison between the American Girl book “Meet Kirsten” and the popular science fiction show Stranger Things. At its core, the narrative of both of these stories focuses on children who faced great adversities at a young age and how their childhood experiences transformed them as individuals. Essentially, the story of Stranger Things is about a group of kids whose lives took a turn when they faced adversity, throughout its multiple seasons, you can observe that their outlook towards their life had changed and had been molded by their childhood experiences. Similarly, the story of “Meet Kirsten” is about a young girl who faced her own sets of challenges. She struggled to make friends and communicate with others and even got lost in an unknown country. Interestingly, both these stories also revolve around the characters losing their friend and coping up with the loss. For all these characters childhood is symbolized as a turning point, wherein both the stories, the characters, in the end, are shown displaying a sense of strength. Kirsten, after overcoming her hardships, made America her home and the kids in Stranger Things were ready to face monsters for seasons to come. Even though these stories are based in completely different genres, one is a science fiction mystery with ugly monsters while the other is a story of an immigrant family and their journey to a new country, both had the same story arc of children facing adversities and overcoming them to become improved versions of themselves, molded by their childhood experiences.