An inspirational YA fiction novel, FACING DEMONS follows the journeys of four teenagers as they tackle their problems whilst at the Anchor Beach Rehabilitation Clinic. The facilitator, Blake Solomon has succeeded in his own battle with cancer and feels obliged to pass on this second chance to those who deserve it.
The first person views of each of the four main characters - Felicity, Jason, Matthew and Rebecca - gives vital insight into their developing minds and conflicting ideals. One by one they are each able to tell their heart-wrenching stories of lives tainted by drugs, alcohol, self-harm, abuse, gangs, child prostitution and homelessness. Reaching beyond the depths of despair, where all hope seems lost, the four teenagers attempt to find ways to face their demons.
Ashley Sanders inspiring story of four youths from different paths that come together at the Anchor Beach Rehabilitation Clinic is truly moving. While the book gives first person views from four different characters it is never confusing and flawlessly intermingles them to the end. I did have a feeling that the story and the actions of Blake Solomon were a bit far reaching but it wasn’t enough to distract from the overall story. Each character’s back story is so diverse they could merit independent books of their own. While difficult stories are attached to each character the presentation by the author is never so depressing that the book has to be put down.
Overall this book is a good read.
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