Having a safe haven means that you have a way of escaping reality; hiding from your pain and problems. “The Game” by Teresa Toten, is a book about a girl named Dani who ends up in an institution for teens. Dani was both mentally and physically abused at home by her manipulative father. Physical abuse may cause bruises to the skin but mental abuse hurts one psychologically and makes the mind mess with that person. This influences the main theme of the book. Dani drowned out her problems by abusing alcohol and drugs. When she was in danger, she created . . . . . .
Briefly, Dani’s problems are that she was abused at home by her father. She never felt good enough for him, and the one thing she wanted more than anything was for him to be proud of her for something. He beat the crap out of her, but it didn’t really seem like Dani cared all that much. The physical abuse was nothing compared to the need of him being proud of her. If I described the climax of the novel in two or three sentences I would say that it was Dani finially started opening up and describing her old . . . . . .
The book doesn’t tell me, but I think Dani is in the institution because her Dad pressured her into substance abusing. The book gives hints that Dani’s father was a bad man. He made Dani scared, and made her think she wasn’t good enough. She wanted him to be impressed with her for once. I got this idea from the part about Dani’s dance recital. “She’d been sick with all week an ear infection. Her father thought she was faking it. So Dani started to fake being fine while swallowing handfuls of tylenol.” Dani wanted him to be proud of . . . . . .
This book is all about the thought process. It’s meant to really make the reader think about what is really going on, and if things are really as they appear. I have not exactly figured much out about the book yet but I have made a few inferences. Dani is in a mental hospital for teenagers. The book hasn’t explained why yet but I inferred that she was put into a mental hospital because of her dad. The book gave a few hints that her father beat on her; “No more! No, Daddy., Daddy please…”. I thought that this would . . . . . .