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For girls, fact is more worrying than fiction

For girls, fact is more worrying than fiction

Ever since the myth of Persephone, in which a beautiful young girl is kidnapped by her uncle, whisked off to the underworld and forced to marry him, teens have been enthralled by tales of weird relationships filled with angst and terror and explorations of life and death.  In recent times, magic, fantasy and vampires have been added to this heady mix, but for this summer’s best-sellers the focus is back on life’s big issues. John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars (cancer) and Looking for Alaska (suicide), is this generation’s Judy Blume (bullying, foster care, grief). “Realistic pain by proxy” is how one publisher describes this type of book.

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