Growing Up Sucks

This is Not a Test, by Liv Wigen Carswell

Between all eight stages that exist in human life, adolescence marks what is perhaps the most obvious of all starts to a new stage of life. Fired with rising passion, the adolescents throw themselves wholeheartedly into the exploration of life, moved by the burning desire to find their own place in the world.

Hungry for new experiences, they soon realize that the path to adult life can be  quite difficult, e30646442.jpgspecially when life throws you unexpected curve balls.

Sixteen year old Beth was ignorantly happy. That changed over spring break of her grade eleven year when her mother kills herself. As she deals with her loss, Beth must also help her younger sister –Amy- cope. Things quickly spiralling down when her boyfriend of over a year becomes abusive, her narcissistic frenemy tries to make Beth’s mother’s suicide about herself, and Beth finds that her other friend Fuzzy has feelings for her. Being a teenager is hard enough as it is; add a dead mom to the mix, plus a younger sister to take care of and it becomes a living hell.

Disarming in its innocent sincerity, This is not a Test captures an image of a young generation with many dreams, hopes and fragilities.

Through the characters of her novel, Carswell bravely explores the struggle of losing a parent to suicide, an abusive relationship, friendship and love. This is not a Test is touching and humorous at the same time, one of those book you will read in one standing.

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