Sparks, Beatrice, ed. Finding Katie; the diary of Anonymous, a teenager in foster care.

Author:Swaim, Jessica
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review
 
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SPARKS, Beatrice, ed. Finding Katie; the diary of Anonymous, a teenager in foster care. HarperCollins. 181p. c2005. 0-06-050721-7. $5.99. JS

From start to finish, this diary is literally unreal. Chock-full of melodrama, Katie's story has more holes in it than a woodpecker tree. Her father, a Hollywood mogul, alternates between buying her lavish gifts and getting drunk, then "grabbing me in a real hurting way." Mom is presumably a druggie but, like Dad, is a cardboard character who evokes wildly inconsistent feelings in her daughter. In a typically vague, pivotal scene, Katie's father takes her to a place where "People were ... it wasn't really dancing. It was too obscene for words, and my beautiful dress was being torn to shreds." Katie swoons from the few sips she's had to drink, then blacks out. Dad calls Katie a "ho" and a "slut," hits her, and dumps her out on Skid Row. From there Katie goes to a Salvation Army shelter, then on to foster care, where she misses the "dear nuns" of her Catholic school days, and nurtures a...

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