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  • #3457

    laurenmckellar
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    Hello, Ladies Who Critique people ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m just writing for an opinion. I’ve been working on a YA piece for the last year about a girl who turns to alcoholism to deal with her mothers death/abandonment issues.
    Do you think alcoholism is too heavy a subject for YA when it’s the protagonist doing the drinking? There’s a happy ending with positive messages etc (not preachy, but correct lessons of don’t booze to cope etc); but is it too much?

    I’d love to get an opinion on this; I’ve spent so much time on the novel, and am starting to think now maybe I shouldn’t keep revising if it’s too dubious a topic in the first place.

    Best,
    Lauren

    #5913

    mary2
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    About half of junior high and senior high school students drink alcohol on a monthly basis, and 14% of teens have been intoxicated at least once in the past year. Nearly 8% of teens who drink say they drink at least five or more alcoholic drinks in a row (binge drink).
    Source: http://www.medicinenet.com

    I see no reason why this should be a taboo for YA. Its very relevant and kids need to know that the “relief” they are finding is only temporary and the hazards they are exposing themselves to.

    #5914

    merylf
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    Are you kidding? These days no subject is taboo in YA. Drug use, alcohol, rape, sexual promiscuity. They’re all there.

    If I were you I’d be more worried about the ‘correct lessons’. Teenagers will spot that a mile off. No-one likes to be preached to.

    #5915

    laurenmckellar
    Participant

    Thanks for your replies ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel it’s not too heavy, and I know a lot of teens drink and many to excess; I’m more worried that an agent/parent might think it was inappropriate for the genre, inhibiting sales etc.
    And definitely being wary of the “correct message” bits. Thanks for the advice ๐Ÿ™‚

    #5916

    merylf
    Participant

    Good luck! And never be afraid to confront the tough stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚

    #5917

    joybubble
    Participant

    I think it’s a great topic. Do it well, go deep, and be real. It’ll be great.

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