'Anne by Zarina Macha is one of the best coming of age stories for young adults that I've read...addresses many topics of major interest and importance to teens, i.e. gender issues, opening up to family and friends, peer bullying, cutting, suicide, resorting to alcohol and drugs when other solutions to psychological stress aren't working.'
‘Are you okay, Mummy? Did Daddy hurt you again?’
Anne Mason’s childhood in Richmond emulates suburban bliss, with a wealthy father and a loving mother. But behind the polished windows, Anne’s father terrorizes her mother, shattering their utopian home life with beatings and beer. Home-schooled on a diet of books and museums, knowledge becomes Anne’s only saviour.
One night her dad comes home with the news that her mother has left them forever. Unable to care for his daughter, Anne is sent to live with her kindly aunt and uncle. Struggling to settle into day school, Anne enrolls in Lakeland Boarding School. She meets and falls for gentle Karen, whose friends torment Anne and her troubled roommate Simone.
Forced to confront her traumatic upbringing, Anne learns the horrors of the past and present. Will love, hope, and inner strength prevail?
‘Anne’ is a powerful and dramatic YA tale about life, family and coming-of-age in and outside of London.
'Anne was an easy character to like, and I liked the ending, because I was left with a conclusion to all the heart break that Anne had dealt with.'
'Well, what a brilliant novel...The relationships between the characters are solid and beautifully conveyed.'
'Beautifully written and heartbreaking in places, an amazing story and one that touches very much on mental health and the importance of taking care of yourself and others.'
'A highly emotional book that will make you understand what it is like to live with an abusive parent.
'For adults the story is an eye-opening insight (or reminder) of the pressures young people face and how intense and all-consuming they feel.
'The pace is decently slow, and the fictional work blends well with the coming of age character Anne has. She definitely can be seen as a victim but also rises above that and becomes a survivor.'
'The way Macha explains the perspective and point of view of a young teenager is absolutely flawless.'
'I would definitely recommend this book to any who enjoy stories about high schoolers dealing with real-world problems and anyone who is looking for more LGBT representation in their books.'