July 27, 2006
Keesha's House by Helen Frost
Keesha has found a safe place to live, and other kids gravitate to her house when they just canâ€™t make it on their own. They are Stephie â€“ pregnant, trying to make the right decisions for herself and those she cares about; Jason â€“ Stephieâ€™s boyfriend, torn between his responsibility to Stephie and the baby and the promise of a college basketball career; Dontay â€“ in foster care while his parents are in prison, feeling unwanted both inside and outside the system; Carmen â€“ arrested on a DUI charge, waiting in a juvenile detention center for a judge to hear her case; Harris â€“ disowned by his father after disclosing that heâ€™s gay, living in his car, and taking care of himself; Katie â€“ angry at her motherâ€™s loyalty to an abusive stepfather, losing herself in long hours of work and school.
Stretching the boundaries of traditional poetic forms â€“ sestinas and sonnets â€“ Helen Frostâ€™s extraordinary debut novel for young adults weaves together the stories of these seven teenagers as they courageously struggle to hold their lives together and overcome their difficulties.
I think that this book mirrors the issues that adolescents deal with in a very effective way. I think that book accurately portrays the pressures that are put on adolescents to succeed, to fit in, and to do the right thing. Adolescents face many tough situations, and the most of the time they just simply do what they think is best. I think that being and adolescent is a very awcward, stressful, and hard time in a person's life, the only thing they can to is to not give up and keep on trying to do their best to get through it.
Posted by: Anna Hoffman at October 29, 2006 1:57 PM