Sandra Scoppettone Geraldine Deluca - Essay

Geraldine Deluca

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[Happy Endings Are All Alike] is Scoppettone's second work to deal with homosexuality, and it is a far more positive and assertive treatment of the subject than her first. The earlier work, Trying Hard to Hear You, dealt with a furtive, guilt-ridden, male relationship that ended in tragedy. But this work, perhaps buoyed by the women's movement and a more vocal stance on the part of homosexuals in the culture, recognizes that young adult literature must, from time to time, acknowledge homosexuality as more than a passing phase in some adolescents' development. The book depicts the struggles of two young women discovering and affirming their love for each other even when one of them is raped and the rapist...

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