Anna Begins (Hardcover)

By Jennifer Davenport

Black Heron Press, 9780930773830, 150pp.

Publication Date: March 15, 2008

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Description

Anna Begins is a pair of Young Adult novellas, each about a girl and a boy around seventeen years old. In the title story, Melissa has an eating disorder, an absent best friend, a disconnected mother, her first sexual experience, and a story to write about all of it. Finding peer support in telling her own story, she decides to try to live the plot she is trying to write. A Million Miles Up, the second story, is an upside-down tale of teenage love. Scott and Elly try to navigate their junior year in high school. Scott wants to be famous and takes up celebrity-scale drinking. Elly just wants to be happy, but must deal with an abusive father. As both of them fall through the cracks at their school, they approach an ending neither of them can return from: Elly decides to kill her father. The two stories in Anna Begins explore the humor, frustration and depth of pain the come with the most awkward years of life: the teens.


About the Author

The author grew up in Wyckoff, New Jersey, a small town outside of New York City. She graduated from Drew University where she majored in English and concentrated on Narrative Theory. She now works for a K - 12 school near her home in Nyack, New York, heading up its Technology Department. In her free time, she likes to travel, eat good food, read and cycle. She can be found online at jenniferdavenport.net.


Praise For Anna Begins

"Anna Begins is a Young Adult story about a girl in her senior year in high school who has an eating disorder, a boy friend who is suicidal, and a mother who would like her to be someone different. The milieu is composed of teenagers who are unsure of themselves and of their future. Eventually Anna accepts herself for the person she is, her boy friend does not kill himself, and Anna’s mother becomes more accepting as well.Anna Begins is a Young Adult story about a girl in her senior year in high school who has an eating disorder, a boy friend who is suicidal, and a mother who would like her to be someone different. The milieu is composed of teenagers who are unsure of themselves and of their future. Eventually Anna accepts herself for the person she is, her boy friend does not kill himself, and Anna’s mother becomes more accepting as well." — Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) August 2008