Anna’s story is a clear warning to both teenagers and parents, motivating them to try to change future outcomes. Donaghys expository text is still relevant to teach in today’s Australian schools for the simple fact that drugs and all the dangers that come with it, still exist in today’s society. We live in a society where getting a hold of drugs is as easy as going to the shopping centre and purchasing a bag of lollies. It is one of the many reasons that teenagers and even some children as young as twelve are still taking drugs and are not realizing the dangers that come with it.
Drugs can kill, it is for that reason that makes it vital that teenagers must be educated to learn that even though drugs still exist, it is still a bad choice. Anna’s story provides facts that drugs do indeed implicit dangers and that drugs can kill. For example Kate Ceberano said “…. drugs one way or another kill! By kill I don’t exactly just mean ones mortality. I mean ones initiative, ones ambitions and dreams, and most importantly, one’s mind” (pg. xii). Yes, drugs still exist and yes teenagers will still continue to take drugs whether we like it or not, we just have to keep educating them and keep showing them the dangers of it.
That’s exactly what Donaghys was trying to do in Anna’s story, with providing readers with factual evidence to show teenagers that even though drugs seem tempting and is seen to be a ‘must have thing’ the dangers and risks of taking is too high, the price you pay might be your life. Teenagers today still and will always take risks, whether they are safe ones or dangerous ones. Everyone takes risks, whether it is related to peer pressure, value of belonging or fitting in. “…one way or another all teenagers do it. , “Taking risks is a natural part of growing up. Breaking down the barriers of childhood, doing things they’ve never done before, going places they’ve never been- this is all part of the process that’s involved in establishing themselves as independent individuals” (pg. 98). Unfortunately not all risks that teenagers take are healthy and safe, most of them are dangerous. Some teenagers will do whatever it takes to fit in, “…win the respects of their peers, to prove they are mature” this resulting in them taking unsafe risks.
Anna Wood in Anna’s Story clearly highlights a teenager who unfortunately took a bad risk with drugs and died. Bronwyn Donaghy is trying to show readers, while using Anna wood as an example, to be careful and have a little thought in the risks that they take. So nobody else’s choices and risks lead to death. Anna’s Story should still be used in today’s Australian schools as it will always be a reminder of not only the consequences of drugs but also a reminder that drugs can affect anyone. A number of teenagers today take drugs it is no surprise, they all know the consequences and dangers of it.
But the majority of teenagers who do take drugs somehow think that if they only take little doses of drugs, or only take it once a week, or even only take once every now and then, think that because they don’t consume drugs as much or they are not heavy drug addicts or they are not addicted, that the affects or consequences of drugs will not affect them. But they are wrong, you could be anyone an intelligent or smart person, a drug addict or even an ordinary person, drugs will affect you no matter who you are and no matter how much you take. Anna Wood is a clear example of an intelligent, bright, smart girl who died after taking drugs.
And as I said previously drugs still exist, meaning teenagers still need to reminded how drugs can affect a life, Anna’s Story clearly does this. Donaghy wrote Anna’s story to open the eyes of both teenagers and parents, and make them try and learn from other peoples mistakes, and by other people I mean Anna, so tragedies like hers don’t ever happen again. In addition because Anna wood in Anna’s Story is around the same age group as most teenagers, I think teenagers will relate more to her, understand the whole situation better, take the matter a little bit more seriously and even maybe pick the book up and read it.