THE SECRET OF ME: A NOVEL IN VERSE by Meg Kearney
I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHERE I CAME FROM
questioning everything. Why
won’t anyone talk?
Middle grade / YA (ages 11 and up)
First person POV
Main character – 14 year old Lizzie
Emotional turmoil of being adopted child
Inner journey towards answers to the following — who am I? how do I find out more about me? how do I find out about my birth family without hurting this family?
Themes – adoption, birth mother search, self-absorbed teen years, melodrama, angst
Poetic form = free verse with occasional forays into specific forms
Epilogue / authors note (“Guide to Poetics”) explains other forms
Forms are well done, but occasionally feel forced – perhaps the author is trying too hard to create a classroom reference/resource?
Will fixed forms and explanation of the same alienate potential readers?
Overall, effective emotional arc