Kristina's Addiction In YA Literature

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Marie Snow’s refusal to acknowledge Kristina’s addiction makes her the in denial parent so often seen in YA literature. Within this genre, the in denial parent thinks “something is going on [with their child], but they just don’t get it,” so they ignore the problem and hope it goes away (Mallis). Marie notices Kristina is acting weird immediately after she returns from visiting her drug addicted father, yet she disregards the obvious connection and pretends like Kristina is not hooked on meth. She alludes to Kristina’s addiction in conversations with her daughter, waiting for Kristina to say something, instead of acting like a parent and confronting the issue directly. Marie, “a wannabe writer and workout fanatic,” channels her energy into

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