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Masters Thesis (Campus-Only Access)
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Johnson, Nancy J. (Nancy Jean)
De la Paz, Oliver, 1972-
Qualley, Donna J., 1952-
This thesis is the beginning of a young adult novel that follows three teens through their final semester of high school in a small, working class town in the Midwest. The story explores universal questions of identity, agency, and community through the characters’ dealings with trauma, mental illness, and the general anxieties of growing up. The three teens’ voices interweave as their lives intersect, and the secrets they aim to keep become harder and harder to hide. The accompanying critical preface examines the importance of strong voice and the recent trend toward multiple narrator storytelling within the field of young adult literature
High schools--Juvenile fiction, Self-perception--Juvenile fiction, Mental illness--Juvenile fiction, Psychic trauma--Juvenile fiction, Families--Juvenile fiction
Western Washington University
Copying of this thesis in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this thesis for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author's written permission.
Gernand, Jenna, "Survival Strategies" (2016). WWU Graduate School Collection. 498.