21 April 2012

Charity's Child by Rosalie Warren

The skill in this book, of successfully writing a novel for the YA market that adults can also enjoy, is that it’s the telling of a compelling story.

There are many strands to this novel and author Rosalie Warren allows them to become tightly knotted before carefully unravelling them to reveal a poignant conclusion.

Teenage pregnancies can become a clichéd topic; don’t we all have our own preconceived views? Well put those opinions on hold and enjoy a story that deserves debate in classrooms up and down the country. The book should be used to open up some very adult discussions as the characters and plot are put under the microscope.

The story is mainly told through the eyes of Joanne, best friend to Charity. Mature beyond her years, Joanne still retains an innocence that cuts through the bigoted views of the adults that consider their age carries the better knowledge.

A multi-faceted perspective allows the reader to consider the story’s impact on all the main characters. Not only is that a subtle way of instilling responsibility in a young readership, but it also works with other generations too.

I adored this book, I really did. I can still remember, decades ago, reading a book about how a young girl dealt with childhood illness. It wasn’t a book that had witches or wizards, just a very well written insight into another’s life. Aimed at a YA market, it educated without patronising the reader. In years to come, I suspect the teenagers of today may well feel the same about Charity’s Child.

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