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Lucy in the SkyReview - Lucy in the Sky
by Anonymous
Simon Pulse, 2012
Review by Amy Ridley
Jan 15th 2013 (Volume 17, Issue 3)

The author of the journal is a sixteen year old girl living in Southern California with her parents and older brother Cam. She is tight with Cam but doesn't have any really close friends. She does well in school and comes from a nice family and background. She soon meets Ross at yoga class and they start hanging out. She likes him from the start and is thrilled to find out he will be going to her high school in the fall. Cam likes him as well and they start going to parties with him.

Ross introduces her to Lauren who has just moved here from New York to live with her dad. She's the kind of girl the author has always wanted to be friends with. The girls hit it off and become inseparable. Ross starts asking if she wants to smoke pot which she's apprehensive about at first. Once she does it she can't wait to do it again. Soon it's one party after another and one Cosmo after another. The pot smoking escalates to acid and Ecstasy. She can't get enough of it. An older guy begins showing her some attention and he brings cocaine into the mix. The drug use begins to spiral and affect her school life as well as her home life. Cam is threatening to tell their parents but she will not stop. It's her life and nobody is going to tell her how to live it. The drug use finally escalates to the point of no return and her family confronts her.

The journal format really allows the reader to see how quickly she spirals from "just pot" into much more dangerous drugs and situations. She has no regard for the situations she's putting herself in or the damage she's doing to her health and reputation. The drugs and partying are the only things that she thinks make her attractive to her friends. She manipulates her brother and the guilt he must feel by the end is enormous. It shows how easy it is to cover up drug use even within a family that considers themselves close.

Her recklessness was frustrating to read. As the reader you keep asking yourself when she's going to realize how in over her head she is. It showed how far someone was willing to go to feel close to other people and to fit in. She didn't have the excuse of coming from a bad family. She just wanted to fit in and feel good about herself and the drugs did that for her. Everyone wants answers when someone does something out of character. She had what most would consider an ideal life and everyone will want answers as to why she did it but this book shows that sometimes there's no real answer for why. She was just immature and naïve to the consequences.

This book should be read by parents, children and teachers. It is not easy to read due to the subject matter but it should be required reading. This can happen to any family or any friend.

 

© 2013 Amy Ridley

 

Amy Ridley received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Boston University

 


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