A criticism of the writing of Sarah Dessen, a writer whose fiction for adolescents features strong female protagonists and the relationships they develop, and how those relationships help to determine who one is and what one becomes. Dessen's novels explore the complexity of human relationships between and among characters, undermines gender expectations, develops the themes of self-perception and identity, creates eccentric and memorable secondary characters, and uses humor to help readers bear the angst of teenage life.
Wendy J. Glenn is Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. In her role as coordinator of English Education, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the theories and methods of teaching language, literature, and composition. In addition to her interest in young adult literature, she studies and writes about issues of censorship, curriculum design, and pre-service teacher preparation. Glenn is a co-editor of Portrait of a Profession: Teachers and Teaching in the 21st Century and has published articles in The ALAN Review, English Journal, and Peremena/Thinking Classroom. Her authored book chapters appear in Censored Books: Critical Viewpoints, Vol. II and Beyond the Boundaries: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Teaching and Learning. She currently serves on the editorial review board of The ALAN Review.
Part 1 Preface Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Chronology Chapter 4 1 Living a Storied Life Chapter 5 2 Visions, Practices, Products Chapter 6 3 Change, Transformation, and That Summer Chapter 7 4 Needing Someone Like You to Figure Out Me Chapter 8 5 Keeping the Moon and Giving In to the Mystery of It All Chapter 9 6 Escaping Submersion and Submission in the Nightmare of Dreamland Chapter 10 7 The Strains and Refrains of This Lullaby Chapter 11 8 Chaos, Control, and The Truth About Forever Chapter 12 9 How to Deal and Where to Head from Here Part 13 Bibliography Part 14 Index Part 15 About the Author