Throughout one's lifetime, individuals are exposed to emotional events that can effect and change the rest of their life. Major emotional events are portrayed in The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney and in Remember Me, by Cheryl Lanham. In both novels, the major characters are faced with emotional dilemmas that they must try to overcome.
In the novel, The Face on the Milk Carton, the main character Janie Johnson, is taken on an "emotional roller coaster ride-. Her entire life is turned upside down; when she learns that something she has believed her entire life is not true. Janie is a naive teenager, who has lived a sheltered life. She has also lived a life filled with many unanswered questions,"" why aren't there any photographs of me until I'm five? why won't you let me see my birth certificate?-(Cooney 79). Through research and answers coming directly from the source (Janie's "parents-), Janie learns that she has been living a lie. She comes to find out that the people who she believed were her parents weren't really her parent's and that family wise, everything that she had believed was been false.
Her reactions come in phases. First she feels shock mixed with devastation,"" we are not really your parents No! cried Janie's soul. No, no, no, no, no " (Cooney 80). She then passes through what seems like an acceptance stage but in reality she just pushed the issue to the back of her mind. She desperately tries to tell herself that nothing had changed,"" I know who I am. I am Janie Johnson- (Cooney 179). At the urging of her "parents-, Janie decides that she must contact her biological parents.
In the novel Remember Me, the main character Leeanne McNab, is also faced with an emotional turning point. The novel starts off with Leeanne being somewhat of a spoiled teenager, but by the end of the novel, she gains a whole new outlook on life. Because of a practical joke gone badly, Leeanne is sentenced to do community service/volunteer work at a local hospice.