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Deep girls
2018
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Deep Girls tells stories that defy the conventions of young adult literature. The clichés of fictional relationships are tossed aside, and instead we read about girls whose relationships with their families are like the real relationships readers see in the world around them.

There are stories showing family members at their worst: a girl must stand up against expectations put on her by her parents and boyfriend; a sibling's assault on a parent drives a young woman to dark thoughts, and admiration for a rule-bending classmate; an ill grandmother is cruel to her daughter.

There are stories about the search for strength: a father and daughter try to survive as a family after a tragedy; a family friend who was victimized by violence returns from a mental hospital; a mother shows her daughter the heart that lies beneath a passive exterior.

And there are stories about young women adjusting to their emerging sexuality (while reluctantly caring for a neighbour's children, a teen turns her eyes to the kids' father), and that of their parents (a father and daughter take a trip to a bar, and each turns their attention elsewhere).

Deep Girls is an astonishing collection of stories that are rich in tone and emotional complexity.

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Gr 8 Up-In this collection of nine vignettes, each story delves into the life of a girl, her world as she sees it, and how the people in her life shape it. Stark glimpses into the way young women are perceived, the expectations placed upon them, and the effects of their choices make this book a fulfilling, emotional roller coaster. The tales are beautifully complex, from a girl expected to be perfect and hide her external flaws by dressing the right way and dating the right boy, to the envy of perceived freedom only to find that perception is not reality. These stories are deep and vibrant, allowing readers to find themselves engulfed in lives that may mirror their own. The everyday struggles that are conveyed within a few pages lead to a personal exploration of belonging and empathy. Each central character's voice and situation is unique, but the feel of the work carries throughout. An overarching theme of growth and parental perceptions interweaves through the lives of characters who feel wonderfully based in reality. This work would make an excellent addition to school classrooms as a way to explore tone and characterization and to encourage emotional growth and communication. VERDICT Written with depth but in common language as to make it accessible for lower level readers. Recommended for purchase for libraries serving high school patrons.-Elizabeth Speer, Weatherford College, TX © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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