Readers have called my young adult novel Evidence of Things Not Seen “edgy” and had a lot of questions about the characters profiled there. Some of those questions have been, well, edgy themselves. With only a chapter spent with each, readers fiercely want to hold the characters accountable and make sure they get the respect they deserve.
1. You didn’t set out to do an experiment in behavioral science on prom night, but it turned out that way. Why did it make you want to establish and prove your hypothesis with Alex?
2. Why did you feel like you couldn’t just talk to Alex about your hypothesis?
3. How did you feel about and interpret Alex’s reaction to your experiment?
4. How do you justify your actions that night with Alex? Do you feel like you were in the right, in the wrong, or some combination of the two?
Readers have also seen themselves in characters or seen their friends in the pages. Some of things they see about themselves and others make them curious, some scare them, and some offer hope. Each set of questions is followed by some websites and organizations where you might get answers. I call them “resources” for lack of a better name. But they could also be called a lifeline, a revelation, or evidence of things not seen. Don’t be afraid to look for answers.
The amazing folks at Teens Health have lots of insights about healthy sexual expression. Girls, start by looking here.
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