Green Glass Ghosts

Arsenal Pulp. Apr. 2021. 176p. pap. $16.95. ISBN 9781551528380.
Gr 9 Up–In 2000 at the age of 19, the unnamed genderqueer protagonist arrives in Vancouver to start a new life after an abusive childhood. Spoon shows how this newly post–high school teen becomes an alcoholic and how drinking, and a cluster of mostly careless and often inebriated peers, bring them close to the brink of death. Unlike Go Ask Alice, this is not presented as a cautionary tale but rather as an authentic experience, capturing both the dramatic and truly monotonous parts of binge drinking. While the main character ignores behavioral characteristics that should be warnings, they share compelling details of how they handled the stresses of parental rejection and their first attempts to seek acceptance somewhere else. Spoon never uses gendered personal pronouns for anyone in a cast that includes a dozen LGBTQIA+ youth and a few parents, none of whose ethnicities are stated. Hall’s occasional illustrations throughout are evocative, if inessential. This is a book that requires reading in full in order to realize its positive potency.
VERDICT Both drinking and sober teens, and adults who care about them, will be rewarded for seeing this story through.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing