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Book Review: A Small Madness by Dianne Touchell

A Small MadnessA Small Madness by Dianne Touchell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the story of a teen pregnancy that will haunt you long after you have finished reading it.

Rose and Michael are two teensagers in love. They have unprotected sex and the inevitable occurs – Rose is pregnant. THe discovery is frightening for them both. They have year 12 exams looming, and their future awaits. Rose wishes to pursue acting and Michael wants to be a doctor. Both feel confused and unable to approach their parents. Rose’s mother avoids confrontations and Rose has spent her life protecting her from any negative truths about their life and relationships. As such, revealing a pregnancy is just not possible. Perhaps because of this role model, Rose starts to deny the existence of her pregnancy as well. Refusing to talk about it, taking up smoking and denying herself food are all part of her “dodgy delusions”.

Michael’s father is a Minister, who is strict, authoritarian and demands perfection and success. He will not be contradicted and a pregnancy would certainly contradict his faith, morals and the plans he has for his son. So Michael too is trapped in silence about what has happened. As the days turn into weeks, Michael noticed that “his own fear of discovery was beginning to cause a rot from within”.

This book is a page turner. Much like the compulsion to stare at a car accident, the reader is unable to look away from the destruction unfolding on the page. The consequences are dire and tragic and no-one will come out unscathed. The mistakes made by two very fallible characters will touch your heart and leave you disturbed. This is a unique read and highly recommended for senior students.

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As the Curriculum Leader of the Mt Alvernia iCentre, my key areas of interest are: Teaching and Learning The information landscape Digital Literacy Digital citizenship Literature Reading

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