Sarah's Stars

Ann Walsh. Dark Times
Ronsdale Press  $9.95  ISBN 1-55380-028-1  182 pg.
Reviewed by Melissa, Age 13

It hurts too much to talk about. I wish the numbness would come back. The feeling of unreality that letís you go on thinking maybe it didnít happen. Instead, thereís this bleak Ö nothing. The impossible unfairness of it all. The total humiliation. Only words, all of this. What are words anyhow? Just little bits of sounds and shapes that are supposed to mean something. - ĎA Few Words For My Brotherí By Alison Lohans

Can you imagine having adopted grandparents? A grandmother, that does not remember you? Or a mother that runs away from home with no return? Ann Walsh edits to life, and to heart, thirteen separate stories that you want to read over and over. This book is all about relationships. Making you realize what you have, and how lucky you are, as these stories are written about kids that are not so fortunate.

Dark Times caught me and pulled me in from the first page. The book gives the reader a feeling of gut wrenching truth, throughout the entire book. Every story presents a new problem and a new reality. People from ages 13 and up will enjoy this book. It causes tears, but gives hope as well. It is heartfelt, and beautifully put together through the eyes of teenagers. This book gives you the feeling of love and a mixture of every other emotion imaginable. I would highly recommend reading it. The book leaves you biting your lip and constantly wanting to turn to the next page.

This Dark Times anthology is definitely deserving of 4 stars.

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