Years ago at the junior high school we had a boy who was a library regular and he became really fixated on A Child Called It, which led to us discovering that he had been abused and neglected by his own mother. Apparently she kept him locked in a closet for long stretches of time, as well as worse things. Luckily the counselors already knew about all this and it was being addressed, but it helped that we knew, and could be part of his support network.
A few weeks ago during our lunch-time library book club meeting, one of the girls was just on fire with passion about Go Ask Alice by "Anonymous." She read us passages from it, and talked about what an impact it had on her. She was almost breathless with emotion about the book. The Librarian told us she remembers when it first came out and was very controversial because of the subject matter. The book club kids asked why it was so controversial even for older teens, and I said something like, "Sometimes adults forget that kids are exposed to all kinds of things that we WISH they weren't," to which the girl replied quickly, "You have NO IDEA..." sort of under her breath. Of course that made me go, "Hm..."
|Go ahead. Ask her.|
|"Jay" is such a copycat.|
Aside from jarringly '60s/'70s details like that, I can totally see why this book appeals to teenage girls because "Alice" is quite melodramatic and prone to hyperbole. Worried about boys, about popularity, her weight, her skin, her hair...
I haven't yet come to the part where it all hits the fan, though.
The next teen novel I need to read because of an adamant student recommendation is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, which I will probably easily relate to.
(Not that I CAN'T relate to worrying about boys, popularity, weight, skin, and hair.)
|Well, I like the chartreuse cover, so I guess I'll read it.|