Confessions Of A Teenage Leper by Ashley LittleConfessions Of A Teenage Leper by Ashley Little

Confessions Of A Teenage Leper

byAshley Little

Hardcover | September 11, 2018

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Cheerleading, mean girls, shopping . . . and leprosy? High school is about to get complicated. For fans of Before I Fall and Exit, Pursued By a Bear.

Abby Furlowe has plans. Big plans. She's hot, she's popular, she's a cheerleader and she's going to break out of her small Texas town and make it big. Fame and fortune, adoration and accolades. It'll all be hers.

But then she notices some spots on her skin. She writes them off as a rash, but things only get worse. She's tired all the time, her hands and feet are numb and her face starts to look like day-old pizza. By the time her seventeenth birthday rolls around, she's tried every cream and medication the doctors have thrown at her, but nothing works. When she falls doing a routine cheerleading stunt and slips into a coma, her mystery illness goes into overdrive and finally gets diagnosed: Hansen's Disease, aka leprosy.

Abby is sent to a facility to recover and deal with this new reality. Her many misdiagnoses mean that some permanent damage has been done, and all of her plans suddenly come tumbling down. If she can't even wear high heels anymore, what is the point of living? Cheerleading is out the window, and she might not even make it to prom. PROM!

But it's during this recovery that Abby has to learn to live with something even more difficult than Hansen's Disease. She's becoming aware of who she really was before and what her behavior was doing to others; now she's on the other side of the fence looking in, and she doesn't like what she sees. . .

Darkly comic but ultimately touching, Confessions of a Teenage Leper is an ugly duckling tale with a surprising twist.
ASHLEY LITTLE received a BFA in Creative Writing and Film Studies from the University of Victoria and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Her book The New Normal won the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize, and Anatomy of a Girl Gang won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, was a finalist for the City...
Title:Confessions Of A Teenage LeperFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.63 × 5.81 × 1.06 inPublished:September 11, 2018Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0735262616

ISBN - 13:9780735262614


Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Perfect Dichotomy of Humour and Depth This was a smaller novel but had quite a kick to it. It was the perfect dichotomy of both humour and being serious. From the beginning, this book had me laughing out loud from the humour of the main character Abby along with her brother Dean. Additionally, in both of their circumstances, there was a serious element but the author contrasted that with humour allowing the novel not to become too heavy. As mentioned, this novel is very humorous but does have some depth to it. Some of that depth includes Abby discovering herself and growing from a superficial past as well as Dean's struggles and acceptance of his sexuality. Overall, this was an incredibly quick read which was made even more quick due to the absence of chapter separations. I didn't think I would like that this novel didn't have sections divided but instead, it aided in the rapidity of my reading the story. I couldn't say to myself, 'I'll stop reading at the end of this chapter' so I just kept on reading. It was a very original story idea and I enjoyed it immensely. As a side note, for those that enjoyed the novel, "Going Bovine" by Libba Bray, you may enjoy this read as well. It has been quite a long time since I read that novel but I remember it being similar in the fact that it featured a main character developing an unexpected and unconventional illness and following her journey (with humour mixed in). ***Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review***
Date published: 2018-10-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Interesting look at a disease that is still around This is the story of a young superficial cheerleader who has everything going for her until she gets a rash. Doctors are stumped and eventually this is diagnosed as Leprosy, otherwise known as Hansen's disease. I found the beginning part of the plot interesting even though I really didn't like the main character. She was a beautiful, popular girl who made fun of others and was only concerned about her looks. When she checks into recovery she reevaluates her life, which is what a life-threatening disease usually makes people do. However at this point in the plot I lost interest. I didn't believe a hot young guy would be interested in her with her appearance and contagion a factor. Her brother's sleazy online activities just seemed to be unnecessary and a turn off. It was an informative piece of fiction however it really faltered with a weak ending.
Date published: 2018-09-17

Editorial Reviews

One of Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Book Covers of 2018PRAISE FOR Confessions of a Teenage Leper:“Ashley Little has combined an uncommon aspect of modern-day medicine with the common challenge for teens of realizing what is truly of value in life.” --Resource Links“Little handles [Abby’s journey] with a realistic candour and narrative ease, skilfully rendering Abby at every stage of her journey.” --Quill & Quire“The novel will provide teen readers with meaningful questions about the true meaning of beauty.” --CM Magazine“Ashley Little gives us a protagonist who is far from perfect, but sheds light on one’s ability to learn acceptance no matter what their past.” --Canadian Children’s Book News