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Falling Through Darkness    by Carolyn MacCullough order for
Falling Through Darkness
by Carolyn MacCullough
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Millbrook Press, 2003 (2003)
* *   Reviewed by Kathryn Sundiang

Falling Through Darkness is about a seventeen-year-old girl named Ginny who seems to be stuck in time, because she refuses to think about, and deal with, the past.

Ginny survived a car accident, in which her boyfriend Aidan died, and she is now trying to repress all the emotion that is trying to break free. She's in a dark depression, overwhelmed by sorrow and guilt. She chain-smokes, hides from a too-friendly neighbor, and avoids both her best friend Merry and her loving but watchful father. Ginny opens up to her father's new tenant Caleb, who is traumatized by the death of his young son. Caleb teaches her that 'the anger in you, it won't go away. Not all of it anyway. It will change shape, though ... into something that you can carry better'. Soon Ginny begins to gain clarity and makes the decision to tell her father the complex and difficult truth.

I liked Falling Through Darkness because it shows us what happened to Ginny in the past, as well as present events, and makes it easy to understand her feelings, and why she is experiencing them.

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