Closer deals with a difficult subject - sexual abuse. And sometimes publishers shy away from difficult subjects in fiction for young adults. I so much appreciate Ross Bradshaw for his commitment to getting Closer out there. I know it might be difficult to read. It was difficult to write about such a painful topic. But I think stories tell us the truth too, and give us a chance to think through what we feel, question, take it further, take it deeper, understand and maybe heal. I hope that's true of this book.

Ross sent me this link, about 'Speak', a novel about rape I hadn't come across. I'm going to read the book, but here's Janet Reid on difficult subjects  - she's a literary agent in New York. Powerful stuff.