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VOYAIn this thin volume of autobiographical essays, women writers revisit their adolescence and the secrets that they kept, many not their own. Although mainly set in 1960s and 1970s Canada, today's teens, no matter their locale, will relate to these heartrending stories. Musgrave is the editor and contributor to three other autobiographical essay collections directed toward female readers, Certain Things About My Mother: Daughters Speak (Annick Press, 2003/VOYA February 2004), Nerves Out Loud: Critical Moments in the Lives of Seven Teen Girls (2001/VOYA February 2002), and You Be Me: Friendship in the Lives of Teen Girls (2002/VOYA December 2002). Along with her own essay about not reporting her best friend's suicidal thoughts, she enlists the help of six other writers. These painfully honest recollections range from Cathy Stonehouse's memories of being sexually abused by her father and Nan Germaine's frustration over being caught in the middle of her parents' secrets and exposing her father's infidelity, to Anita Rau Bademi's embarrassment concerning a mentally disturbed aunt living with her Indian family. Adding breadth to the types of secrets teens keep, other stories include Lorna Cozier's shame-colored love for her alcoholic father, Jamaican-born Kelys Green's acceptance of her parents' view of physical punishment as good parenting, and Almeda Glenn Miller's frustration with her mother's insistence on no family secrets, by taking off the locks on all the doors in their home. Although appropriate as a discussion starter in high school psychology and health classrooms, once found by teens, this collection will not stay on library shelves. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P S A/YA (Better than most,marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2004, Annick Press/Firefly, 112p., PLB and Trade pb. Ages 15 to Adult.
—Ruth E. Cox