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VOYAThis collection of connected stories provides snapshots of two teens forging their way through the tumult of adolescence into the uncertainties of adulthood, seeking solace in drugs, sex, and the tenuous bonds of their friendship. Both girls are scarred, angry, young women who are faced with typical life challenges: parents divorcing, parental neglect, betrayal of a boyfriend. More terrible ordeals, however, also befall the girls, as when one is brutally assaulted and raped. In the book's final chapter, readers meet one of them as an adult, now a wife and mother who becomes aware of how she has failed her own daughter, how she does not even really know the girl, nor does she even really know herself. The author uses vivid descriptions to create a picture of adolescence as a time of darkness and cruelty, brokenness and despair. The world of drugs, sex, and self-loathing that she captures will appeal to teen readers who like gritty, realistic fiction that is raw with emotion. It might find an audience with readers of Go Ask Alice (Simon & Schuster, 1971) or Smack by Melvin Burgess (Henry Holt, 1998/The View from VOYA,VOYA February 1998). Many teens, however, will find the book to be too unrelentingly negative and the characters difficult to identify with. The structure is hard to follow because the characters who appear in the first story never appear again and one of the middle stories, at first, appears to be completely unrelated. It is not a must for most libraries. VOYA CODES: 2Q 2P S (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, Silver Light Publications, 137p., $12Trade pb. Ages 15 to 18.