Skank

Skank

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by Teresa McWhirter
     
 

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Ever since Ariel's mom has been too sick to work they've been moving to progressively lower income neighbourhoods. Then they seem to hit rock bottom--Vancouver's downtown east side, Canada's poorest postal code. Here Ariel gets on the wrong side of a gang of tough girls at school after receiving unwanted attention from their boyfriends. Now she's stuck with a

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Ever since Ariel's mom has been too sick to work they've been moving to progressively lower income neighbourhoods. Then they seem to hit rock bottom--Vancouver's downtown east side, Canada's poorest postal code. Here Ariel gets on the wrong side of a gang of tough girls at school after receiving unwanted attention from their boyfriends. Now she's stuck with a reputation and a label she doesn't know how to deal with. [Fry Reading Level - 4.0]

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"A gritty and accurate portrayal of life on Vancouver's lower east side...Every aspect of Skank feels authentic and will be eye-opening for teens living in other parts of the country. Its straightforward language makes this a good pick for reluctant readers."
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This stark, convincing portrait of a girl struggling to live in a tough neighborhood should appeal to teens looking for realism.

Ariel, 16, finds herself living on government assistance in Vancouver's roughest district because her mother's severe arthritis prevents her from working. She misses her friends from her previous, far wealthier neighborhood and fears the new high school she has to attend. Ariel can't hide in the shadows, however. She developed a large bust very early and easily attracts the attention of boys. When the former boyfriend of an aggressively nasty girl flirts with her, Ariel finds herself the victim of a vicious smear campaign. Ariel doesn't cope well. She conceals her troubles from her mom and begins acting almost as her enemies portray her. She drinks at parties and pulls off her top, then poses topless for a sleazy porn merchant. She makes one street-smart friend who tries to warn her, but Ariel's rebellion against her situation continues to make matters worse. The characters seem real, and Ariel's dilemmas ring true as well. McWhirter paints an uncompromising portrait of her characters and their neighborhood. Readers will watch Ariel making bad choices, but they should understand why the frightened and confused girl acts as she does.

Sensitive and effective, this small, short book is explicitly aimed at reluctant readers; if they pick it up, they will find some fine writing within. (Fiction. 12 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552777176
Publisher:
James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Publication date:
02/22/2012
Series:
Lorimer SideStreets Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
1
Lexile:
HL680L (what's this?)
File size:
475 KB
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

TERESA MCWHIRTER has written three novels as well as numerous short works for adults in publications such as Vice, Bust, and Geist. A graduate of the University of Victoria's Creative Writing Program, for the past few years Teresa has toured with a punk band and worked driving an ice cream truck and as a monster in the haunted house of an amusement park gathering material for her novels. She lives in Vancouver's east side.
TERESA McWHIRTER has written three novels as well as numerous short works for adults in publications such as Vice, Bust, and Geist. A graduate of the University of Victoria's Creative Writing Program, for the past few years Teresa has toured with a punk band and worked driving an ice cream truck and as a monster in the haunted house of an amusement park gathering material for her novels. She lives in Vancouver's east side.

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Skank 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A compelling book