Thursday, August 21, 2008

Courage in Patience

Author: Beth Fehlbaum

First line: My name is Ashley Asher.

Why you should read this book: This book offers two taglines -- "It may not seem like it now, but you are not alone" and "A story of hope for those who have endured abuse" -- to sum up its therapeutic perspective. Ashley's story is a heartbreaking marathon race to an optimistic finish from six years of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse whose effects keep her living in fear long after she escapes the stepfather who traumatized her. Struggling to protect herself while adjusting to a new loving family she never knew she had, Ashley and a group of other teenagers wrestling with explosive personal issues gradually band together to confront the hatred and intolerance that diminishes them all.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You worry that reading books will give children ideas from which they must be protected.


Comrade Kevin said...

Random question. Do you consider Francesca Lia Block books adolescent literature? And...have you ever read any of her stuff?

Dragon said...

yeah, of course: books for teens about teens. i read probably 3 or 4, but i guess i was an adolescent at the time, so i don't remember too much about them.