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‘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.

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Published June 3rd 2019 by Zarina Macha
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Whispering Stories
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
To the outside world, Anne Mason’s life looks ideal. Her father is wealthy and her mother is loving. But behind closed doors, her father is a bully. He’s an abusive husband as well as an alcoholic.

Anne is home-schooled because her father wants to have as much control over her as he can. Learning and knowledge soon become her saviour.

One night after years of abuse her father comes home telling her that her mother has left. He places Anne in the care of his sister, her husband, and their children.
Viga Boland
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Anne, by Zarina Macha, is one of the best coming of age stories for young adults that I’ve read. Why? Because it addresses so many of the topics currently of major interest and importance to teens, i.e. gender issues and concerns about opening up to family and friends, peer bullying, cutting, suicide and resorting to alcohol and drugs when other solutions to psychological stress aren’t available or aren’t working.

Best of all, since the author herself is only barely out of her teens, her writing
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
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Sandra "Jeanz"
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
As a “survivor” of domestic abuse myself I wanted to read and publicise this book because anything that gets people talking about a tricky subject such as this needs to be shouted about from the “treetops”.

The cover depicts an image of what I think must be Anne, the central character in the book. I love the vibrant purple colour of the cover it fits with the content of the book well. The genres I have seen listed for this book are, Teens & YA but I would add “social issues” to cover the abuse, r
C.M. Fritzen
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anne by Zarina Macha
Audience: young adult-13 and up
Content Warnings: Adult themes, mentions of rape, domestic abuse, sex, self-harm, and bullying
My rating: 5 stars

Zarina Macha is a YA author from the UK. She has published, before Anne, a compilation of two Novellas called Every Last Psycho and a poetry collection called Art is a Waste of Time. I have now had the pleasure of reading all of her published or to be published works. Macha writes stories about teenagers who are in the midst of dealing
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is my 2nd book by Zarina Macha and she's done it again got me intrigued. This is one if the best coming of age stories i have read. To the outside world Anne life seems perfect. This is a book that truly hit home with me and resonance as well. Highly emotional and will get you reaching for the tissues. This book deals with alot of hard topics for some readers. ...more
I was provided an e-Advanced Reader Copy from Net Galley in exchange for an honest opinion. This has not impacted my views.

Representation: Anne (main character) is black and lesbian and she has a stress-induced stutter, Simone (side character) is bisexual, Karen (side character) is lesbian. Anne’s family are all black (with a white father).

Content warnings: Domestic violence, domestic abuse, alcoholism, drug usage, panic attacks, bullying, underage drinking, underage sex (the characters are 13 a
Steph Warren
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy of this book, with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

As an adult, I was surprised how much I had forgotten about the pressures and emotional strain of adolescence, until Anne brought it all flooding back to me.

The story starts with a teen / young adult Anne deciding whether or not to trust her therapist with what is troubling her, then is told in one long flashback of her recount to him. She begins with the traumatic events of her ea
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A coming of age drama and an emotional rollercoaster of a story, although a young adults book, adults like myself will love it as well. From the outside Anne Mason’s childhood is one of luxury, she has both parents, they are wealthy, have a nice house and nice things but behind closed doors it is anything but perfect. Anne regularly sees her mother getting hurt by her drunk father, so much so it’s almost routine for her. The heartbreaking line, “Are you okay, Mummy? Did Daddy hurt you again?” ha ...more
Petrina Binney
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, what a brilliant novel. The story follows Anne from a childhood with her devoted if terrified mother and alcoholic and abusive father, through to an adolescence of disconnection, relocation, and a whole new life.
I thought the titular character was well-drawn and likeable. True, she comes from a difficult background, but she’s more survivor than victim. It is fine line to tread but Ms Macha does so very successfully. The relationships between the characters are solid and beautifully conveye
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Anne is a coming of age story by a young British writer Zarina Macha. It is a young adult story that is told in a form of a journal and as a reader you feel you are privileged to have been given access to the innermost thoughts and feelings of a teenage girl.
It is amazing how this young writer who is just out of the teenage years herself is dealing with such themes as domestic abuse and self-harm and bullying and addiction and homophobia and racism and … the way the writer walks us through those
Zoey Perrigo
**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review,

The truly hard things in life are difficult to read about. This book contained many of them. Growing up in an abusive household, Anne struggles to be herself. Going from homeschool to a boarding school does a lot to make her see who she really is. The subjects of domestic abuse, suicide, self harm, and depression are embedded in the book. This isn't a warm hearted book, it's full of the struggles of teenagers seen everywhere. Howev
Laura Furuta
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
By Zarina Macha
5 out of 5 stars

The story Anne by Zarina Macha is a YA/coming of age book. It is a story that follows the life of Anne Mason. It is a book that has powerful moments and also makes you think. There are heartbreaking moments as well as times that made me wonder what I would have done given the same circumstances. Anne is a young girl whose father terrorizes her mother. She is home-schooled and knowledge is her escape. Then her world is upended when her father tells her that her
Happy Booker
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Anne is a young adult novel written about a girl who has lived in abused family life. Her parents do not get along, and after witnessing several sessions of ill-treatment from her father, she is severely affected by the whole ordeal. Her mother does attempt to hide some of the nastiness of the truth surrounding the way they live. However, Anne has seen and heard far more than she has known.

Anne is homeschooled as another way for her father to have control over matters. After her mom disappears,
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this heartbreaking coming of age story, we follow Anne Mason's childhood through what looks like a picture perfect lifestyle is anything but. Anne's father is a verbally abusive and alcoholic maniac. The only thing saving young Anne is the fact that she's home-schooled as her books and trips to the museums plus her thirst for knowledge allows her to escape.
After her mom escapes the father's abuse, Anne is sent to live with her aunt and uncle who are very kind to her. She's enrolled in boardin
Stephanie Ball
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A compelling and thought-provoking coming of age story; Macha's second published YA novel does a brilliant job of speaking to the experiences of young people using an informal, readable style reminiscent of Jacqueline Wilson to tackle the emotionally rich and complex issues faced by teenagers in British schools.
Told from the perspective of an intelligent and introspective gay black teenage girl struggling with PTSD, Anne delivers a frank and refreshing take on a range of themes as diverse as th
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it

_The e-arc of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review on my request._

It was an emotional, raw book which dealt with a lot of issues. There were times when I felt that it dealt with more than it could handle.

Anne is about a young girl who had an abusive father. It deals with both domestic and child abuse. Anne recalls and reassesses her past with the help of her therapist. The story, narrated by an older Anne, is about the trauma and the things An
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
By Zarina Macha
4 stars

I do sometimes read YA novels but they are usually of the romance type so when I saw the blurb for this one I was intrigued, it sounded like it might be a different kind of read and it absolutely was. It was such a powerful read and the author explored so many different situations/topics that can affect young adults and coming of age. I was really impressed by the authors writing, the flow of the story was really good and my interest was kept from beginning to end. I re
Lianne Probert
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely fell in love with this story.
To most people Anne’s life looks like a happy one. Her father provides a good income, and wants to use it to give his daughter the opportunities he never had. She has a loving mother who wants Anne to have life experiences as well as educational ones. Beneath the surface of this family are so many cracks and so much unhappiness, and when it all comes to a head Anne’s life changes forever.
Anne finds comfort from her extended family and also finds new opp
Lindsay Montague
2.5 stars
suicide, domestic abuse

This was kind of disappointing. I think the concept and themes discussed in the story were compelling, but lacked execution. Without giving away any spoilers, I felt the author made parts of the last quarter of the book a big cop out. Also, the biggest part of the climax didn't hit until 93% into the book, and then everything was rushed until the end. I would have liked to have seen the aftermath instead of a summary of what happened.

I did thi
M.A. Thomas
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So I'll admit that diary style books and books about teens navigating adolescence are a favourite of mine in the book pool and this is now on my to recommend list. I work in mental health and any book that addresses this or is diversity inclusive will always be a special read to me . Anne was an easy character to like, I related to her struggles with being just a tad apart from her peer group so from the perspective of character development Zarina has done a beautiful job with Anne. I liked the ...more
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A truly evocative piece of work. This novel is gripping, moving and has the feel of a more boundary pushing (and edgier) Jacqueline Wilson book. I loved "Anne", with it's ethereal, haunting descriptors and a personal reminder to me about the importance of our bloodlines, where we come from, and choosing our own paths.
I did feel that sometimes I didn't understand the protagonist's decisions, and that the end pacing moved a little too quickly for my liking, but that's perhaps because I was intri
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Anne by Zarina Macha is a nicely delivered and yet slightly tragic young adult novel about a young girl named Anne Mason. Anne may look like life is good from the outside when we first meet her but we find out soon that her father is anything but kind. He is an abusive father and husband and likes his alcohol as well. It turns out that Anne finds her way to living with her aunt and. We slowly watch as Anne uncovers her past and learns to find happiness in life regardless of the trials she had as ...more
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
By Zarina Macha

What a lovely introduction to this author. This book has been written beautifully allowing the storyline to flow quite nicely. Anne the poor child has gone through a lot in her fourteen years. She was dealing with her own sexuality, but had the father from hell and a mother she loved more than life itself. That is until the night her father came home one night without her mother. Not long after the disappearance of her mother, her father shipped her off to live with her Aunt a
Tausha Treadway
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Anne by Zarina Macha. This is a very emotional young adult read that deals with abuse. It is the story of Anne Mason who lives in Richmond and her life on paper looks perfect.. A wealthy father & amazing mom., but behind doors its another story all together. What the world doesn't know is behind those "perfect" doors her Mom is abused by her father with horrible beatings. One day her father comes home and tells Anne that her Mother is gone for good and he can't care for her. She goes to live wit ...more
Angela Batchelder
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Anne by Zarina Macha

This book is a must read!!! Once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down until I finished. When you read this book you will feel like you are right next to Anne.

As many say money doesn’t mean everything. Anne grows up with a mother and a father who looking in have it all. Inside the home Anne lives with a father who drinks to much. Who is a very angry and awful man. What will become of Anne while living with a monster. Will Anne’s mother be able to leave? Will her father
Lloyd Dwaah
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great read.

Innocent, raw, real and intense.

Thoroughly enjoyed every chapter, the author narrates brilliantly the story of a young lady who is constantly battling with her own demons and traumas she has faced at such a young age. Through getting to know Anne as the novel unfolded, we see how those traumas have impacted how she lives her life and the decisions she makes. Zarina illustrates this by remarkably showing that Anne being brought up in a broken home has affected her judgement’s and d
Bobbi Wagner
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. This is a young adult-adult coming of age that pulled me in right from the beginning. This is not my first book by this author but it is my favorite. This is a well written story that has characters that are developed and engaging. Anne comes from an abusive home growing up so when her mother leaves, she is sent to live with her aunt. She ends up at a boarding school where her past and present soon collide. Will she find the love, hope and strength to survive? This story took ...more
Jenni Bishop
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Anne by Zarina Macha, is a YA coming of age story that shows the usual issues that teenagers have to face and come to terms with. Zarina writes about issues such as bullying and drugs, alcohol and suicide, sense of sexuallity and who you are, gender and many others.

Anne has to live in an abusive environment as her alcoholic father abuses her mother. When her mother up and disappears her father tells her she just walked away and sends her away to live with an Aunt which turns out to be the best
Dawn Daughenbaugh
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 Star
Anne by Zarina Macha is a YA coming of age story that shows some of the usual issues teens face and have to come to terms with. My emotions were all over the place and once I started reading I couldn’t put it down. Anne comes from an abusive home where her father is an alcoholic and is abusive to her mother. When her mother up and disappears she is sent to live with her aunt. She ends up at boarding school and soon her past and her present collide. Can she find the hope and the strength t
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Zarina Macha is an author, blogger, and musician born and raised in London, UK. She studied Songwriting and Creative Artistry at The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford. She regularly writes a social commentary blog titled ‘The Zarina Macha Blog.’ In her spare time, she loves reading and annoying people about Game of Thrones (yes, she adored the much-hated ending).

In 2018 she began in

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