3 New Novels About Kids Taking on Seriously Adult Responsibilities
Most people agree that kids should have time to just be kids, but that often doesn’t happen even at the best of times. Taking on adult roles and responsibilities too early can be damaging to a child’s health and psychological development. One main way kids grow up too fast is either by having to become a surrogate parent to their siblings — or a real parent when they’re only in their teens. The new novels in this week’s book club feature two stories of sibling groups that have to stick together due to the death of a parent and the absence of another, and one of a child forced to marry and bear a child, despite the potentially deadly consequences.