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Testimony by Anita Shreve
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Feb 18, 09


I found this book profoundly unsettling, as a mom, and a past wild child/boarding school attendee. There is a passage where a mother ponders "The Phone Call" and as a mother how every day you wait for the phone call, and you worry, and you wonder, what is it going to be, and am I going to be the lucky one that never receives the phone call, that never meets the police at her door in the dead of night. It reduced me to tears and cost me some sleep.

That said I think that this book also touches on an issue that our country needs to confront head on, sooner rather than later: when are kids just being kids, and when is it something more/worse? Is "sexting" between mutally agreeing minors child pornography? Is a kindergartner hugging another one "sexual harrassment"? Is consensual sex between a 15 yr old and an 18 yr old who are dating and in love prosecutable? Times change and change back and the law is often slow to compensate.

This book was powerfully written, I enjoyed it tremendously.
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