Confidential Confessions Book 1

A teenage girl has no friends, only schoolmates who use her to pay for things. Her father left, but her uncaring mother is busy keeping up the pretense that he’s still around. Her hobby is collecting her scabs in a scrapbook. She thought high school would be a chance to reinvent herself and start over, but she’s more alone than ever. Is it any wonder she’s depressed?

Then she meets a schoolmate called Asparagus because her arms are so skinny. Asparagus is a cutter, slicing open her own wrists or legs to deal with her pain over being bullied terribly.

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When a popular singer kills himself, death seems like a way to get the attention they’re lacking in life. Everyone’s more interested in the singer now than they were when he was alive. Suicide is a choice they can make when so much else is restricted to them by their parents, and they don’t have any good times to remember to make the bad times seen less bad.

This reads like an After School Special, and it’s likely that many readers will pick it up because of the shocking content. The treatment doesn’t appeal simply to prurient interest, though; it attempts to seriously portray a tricky subject, including factual information. The ending isn’t too surprising, but the path it takes to get there isn’t predictable.

There’s also a short backup story, about a teenage prostitute. Her drunken mother wasn’t paying attention when her older brother’s friends molested her, and she began stealing to feed herself. When she meets a street singer, she realizes that there might be more to life than sleeping with old men for money. I found this story even more interesting than the first, due to its cultural insights, and I wish it would have been longer. The abbreviated ending glosses over a lot of character development and significant events.

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  1. […] I previously reviewed Book 1. […]

  2. […] When I reviewed the first volume of Confidential Confessions, I wished that the teen prostitute story was longer to allow for more insight and character development. Now, I’ve got my wish — Tokyopop is releasing a sequel, Confidential Confessions: Deai (FEB06 3274), that promises “a shocking look into the hard-hitting issues that teens face today”. […]

  3. […] Meanwhile, Sayo is trying to befriend a quiet girl in her class who spends all her time on her phone. (Given the frenzy of most of the book, the way the quiet girl is framed, by herself with minimal backgrounds, really brings home her separation.) The two storylines coincide in a way that’s not unexpected to the alert reader, turning this volume into a light-hearted version of Confidential Confessions. […]

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