Sandra Scoppettone Critical Essays


(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Sandra Scoppettone 1936–

American novelist, playwright, and scriptwriter.

Scoppettone is known to most young adults as the author of realistic and unsentimental novels on serious social problems. In Trying Hard to Hear You, she addresses the subject of homosexuality; teenage alcoholism is the focus of The Late Great Me.

Her next two novels, Happy Endings Are All Alike and Such Nice People, are generally considered controversial for their graphic violence. Happy Endings confronts the subjects of rape and lesbianism; Such Nice People tells the story of a middle-class teenage boy who plans and carries out the slaughter of his family. The pervasive message of Scoppettone's recent book, Long Time between Kisses, is that difficult and painful introspection is necessary for self-discovery.

While some critics contend that Scoppettone's novels are unnecessarily violent and erotic, her defenders feel that she has provided young readers with subjects which reflect their concerns.

(See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 5-8, rev. ed. and Something about the Author, Vol. 9)