Article Title

Red Ink


Phyllis Rosen


Cannot Recommend, Young Adult, Julie Mayhew, Coming Of Age, Death, Grief, Self-Discovery, Family

Document Type

Book Review


Melon is a fifteen-year-old girl whose mother was recently killed in a bus accident. Left with her mother's boyfriend, Paul, Melon angrily tries to figure out where she belongs. She clings to the story of her mother's past, but Paul eventually tells Melon the other side to her mom's past. Unable to accept the darker, other version of her mom's story, Melon runs away. She finds herself in the wrong place and is drugged and raped. Melon and Paul finally come to terms with the events of their lives and forge a bond. Melon realizes that everyone sees their story as they want to.