Book Reviews: Adolescent Literature

Inferno by Robin Stevenson

After moving to the suburbs, Dante must adjust to life at a new school, one which she compares to the tenth circle of hell. When her only friend moves away, she is left to cope alone until one day she is passed a note which challenges her thinking and changes her life.

In this intelligent and well-written novel, Stevenson’s main character grapples with many of the challenges of being a teenager, namely peer-pressure, high school, sexual identity, and peer and family relationships. Of particular interest to educators may be Dante’s questions about the oppressive nature and structure of traditional schooling.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel; however, I suspect that the pace may be a bit slow for those who must be coaxed to read.

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