AFTER THE DEATH OF ANNA GONZALES by Terri Fields

AFTER THE DEATH OF ANNA GONZALES

Age Range: 14 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

High-school classmates react to a teen suicide in this novel-in-verse. Educator and author Fields (Missing in the Mountains, not reviewed, etc.) portrays each character’s thoughts through a single free-verse poem. Lauren, the best friend, recalls studying for math tests with Anna and thinks, “I know I’ll re-examine the variables, / And reanalyze the unknowns—maybe forever—/ But / It won’t matter. / Because, Anna— / I know I’ll never figure out Y. / Y you didn’t want to live— / And Y I never noticed.” Shannon, a classmate who’s always known Anna, though never well, recalls all the classes they’ve been in together and thinks, “But I guess lost in all that information, / No one ever taught Anna how to live, / And for sure, / No one taught me how to feel / About finding out how she died.” The poems are natural and direct, and portray a high-school setting well, showing a diversity of experiences. Unfortunately, the voice in each poem is so similar that the characters never take on their own life, but retain the author’s voice throughout. Even so, for Mel Glenn fans, or as a resource for dealing with teen suicide, this will be useful in most YA library collections. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-8050-7127-X
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2002




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