Forever 15By JAMES ESTRIN and MERRILL D. OLIVER
Ilana Panich-Linsman still recalls being an awkward 15-year-old in western Massachusetts, leading a fairly innocent life with a few brainy friends.
Which may explain why one winter night eight years later, she stopped outside a Brooklyn pizza parlor and stared at three 15-year-old girls talking animatedly inside. They seemed much more self-confident than she had ever been at that age. Like a different species.