FICTION

More Than Anger

West 44 Books. Dec. 2019. 200p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781538382646; pap. $12.90. ISBN 9781538382639.
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Gr 8 Up–Sixteen-year-old Anna’s parents bicker constantly. Anna’s mother is unemployed and drinks, while her father works long hours to avoid problems at home. Anna feels unseen by her parents, who spend more time arguing than paying attention to her. She hides her unhappiness from her friends, suffering in silence. Skeptical about relationships, Anna is afraid to explore romance with classmate Dave. She often wonders if she could be happy romantically. Readers of this novel in verse will empathize with Anna as her heart breaks watching her parents suffer in a relationship that clearly fell apart ages ago. She is a character to cheer for, and her feelings are honest, raw, and relatable.
VERDICT Recommended for those who love books by Sarah Dessen and who appreciate a tearjerker.

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