TITLE: GIRL ON THE EDGE
GENRE: YA- Cotemporary
In a huddle on the edge of the icy sidewalk, before school, Adrianna handed me a worn black-cloth hardcover. I ran my bare finger along the spine. In silver it read, Go Ask Alice by Anonymous.
“You have to read it Pearl,” she said wearing a wild grin. Banned books are like chocolate for a wayward fifteen year old, especially one like me, who wants nothing more than out of this so-called life.
I didn’t part its yellowed pages for over six months. Life interrupted with my sweet sixteen- overrated, a failed Christmas, a dreary stretch of months that sloshed indecisively between seasons and then fled my mother’s abusive boyfriend to a battered women’s shelter. Afterward, we graduated to a homeless shelter. Unfortunately, Janet, my mother, failed to resist temptation and broke the no drugs rule. The big one. As the curtains came down on her shit show, I saw the appeal in Alice’s proposal. Escape.
While Janet returns to rehab for the sixth time, her rich brother, Uncle Gary, who waits impatiently outside for me, finally decided to intervene by sending me to boarding school. Perhaps he’s hoping to shake the city out of me or like they say, ‘out of sight, out of mind.’ What he doesn’t realize is a girl like me does not belong in a preppy private school.
Before I add Go Ask Alice to my stack of books at the bottom of the cardboard packing box, I let the pages fall open.