As She Grows

Paperback | February 10, 2009

byLesley Anne Cowan

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Snow's life has never gone right. Her family troubles seem destined to send her on a downward spiral, especially once she learns she's pregnant. Will she end up like her mother and grandmother, her life wrecked by good intentions and poor judgment? As Snow is forced to strip illusion from reality, she can't avoid the difficult truths that lie at the core of her being.

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Snow's life has never gone right. Her family troubles seem destined to send her on a downward spiral, especially once she learns she's pregnant. Will she end up like her mother and grandmother, her life wrecked by good intentions and poor judgment? As Snow is forced to strip illusion from reality, she can't avoid the difficult truths t...

Lesley Anne Cowan has a B.A. in English Literature and a Diploma in Education from McGill University. She is also a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. As She Grows was shortlisted for the 2001 Chapters / Robertson Davies First Novel Contest. Lesley currently resides in Toronto, where she is a secondary school teacher working wi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.3 × 0.88 inPublished:February 10, 2009Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143170600

ISBN - 13:9780143170600

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating and insightful As She Grows is an honest and sometimes shocking story about incredible teenage hardship, overcoming your past and how difficult it can be to love when you can't even trust. 15 year old Snow has spent a lifetime wishing for a different life. Raised by her crazy, alcoholic grandmother after her mother died when she was just a baby, Snow is determined to break free of the mold she was born into, desperate not to repeat the patterns that seem to be her destiny. When the very thing she was avoiding occurs, Snow struggles to do better than those that went before her, but isn't sure if it will ever be enough. This is a well written and incredibly insightful book that offers a frank look at teenagers in trouble. Lesley Anne Cowan has done a wonderful job handling potentially controversial topics with grace and honesty. The characters in As She Grows are so real that their grit and desperation are tangible through the pages. I found myself cringing through some of the more shocking scenes, but I also felt that these were some of the most truthful moments in the book. Snow's journey, while troubled is also filled with hope and this glimmer of hope despite all the heartache is what makes Snow so captivating. The ending does not wrap the story up into a nice little bow, which has kept me thinking about Snow and her journey. Much like life, the story doesn't end with a nice little bow. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Filled with characters that won't soon be forgotten, As She Grows is a captivating story that will make you think twice about judging that person on the street, and one that reminded me that there's always another side to every story.
Date published: 2010-05-20