Title Profile & Character Information

Keesha's House

Annotation
An unforgettable narrative collage told in poems

Keesha has found a safe place to live, and other kids gravitate to her house when they just can’t make it on their own. They are Stephie – pregnant, trying to make the right decisions for herself and those she cares about; Jason – Stephie’s boyfriend, torn between his responsibility to Stephie and the baby and the promise of a college basketball career; Dontay – in foster care while his parents are in prison, feeling unwanted both inside and outside the system; Carmen – arrested on a DUI charge, waiting in a juvenile detention center for a judge to hear her case; Harris – disowned by his father after disclosing that he’s gay, living in his car, and taking care of himself; Katie – angry at her mother’s loyalty to an abusive stepfather, losing herself in long hours of work and school.

Stretching the boundaries of traditional poetic forms – sestinas and sonnets – Helen Frost’s extraordinary debut novel for young adults weaves together the stories of these seven teenagers as they courageously struggle to hold their lives together and overcome their difficulties.


Characters
NameKeesha
GenderFemale

NameStephie
GenderFemale
TraitPregnant

NameJason
GenderMale

NameDontay
GenderMale
TraitFoster child

NameCarmen
GenderFemale

NameHarris
GenderMale
TraitGay

NameKatie
GenderFemale
TraitAbused

GenreFiction
Domestic
Sociological
Multicultural
TopicsTeenagers
Runaways
Life choices
Responsibility
Overcoming adversity
Search for a better life
Personal growth
Poetry