3 Stars Out Of 5
Effect of Divorce on Teenage Children
August 17, 2012
Age: Over 65
I looked forward to reading this book as divorce is so rampant in our current culture, and teenagers are not immune to the ravages of family separation. In fact, many times they are wounded nearly beyond measure. As a counselor, I am always interested in books that will be realistic, yet offer hope and means of coping.
The story line of escaping the realities of life by living the life of another character on stage was a good release mechanism and cleverly done.
However, I was sincerely appalled at the utter selfishness of the main character, a teenage girl who was the "second mother" for her siblings. She shows no thought for them and how the separation would affect their lives. Also, her self-centeredness even prevented any true concern for her mother who had been deserted. I felt the family dynamics were not those that would help readers find their way in a similar situation. I was depressed by them-I can't imagine what a teenage reader might feel.