Should be ashamed
I’m sorry that you are disappointed, but I am not in the least ashamed. I do understand that some people feel that books for children and teens should be inspirational, and while I believe there is a place for such books, I also believe in books that give a presentation of real life, and how people of various ages deal with emotions and experiences unique to them. I hear from hundreds and hundreds of readers of all ages. Girls who have never been kissed, never have a boyfriend write to me quite happy or not with their lives, and I hear from others who are sexually experienced, equally happy or unhappy with theirs. My aim is to give honest presentations of one girl’s life, along with her friends, the choices she makes, both wise and foolish, and my publisher supports my efforts. I felt that I portrayed Alice and Patrick in realistic terms, they are long-time friends, and I do not think they acted irresponsibly. If you have followed the Alice series, you will see that there have been situations that either she or her friends have regretted, but this was not one of them. The comment I receive most from my teen readers is “Your books are so realistic!” I think you will find many parents and teachers and librarians who recommend this series to the young people they know.