Aug 152011

In Leah’s Wake by Terri Giuliano Long 
Rating: 5/5
Source: Review copy from author
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website

The Tyler’s had a perfect life, happily married with two perfect teenaged daughters. Then Leah, the oldest, starts rebelling. Their lives very quickly fall apart as everyone struggles through their new reality.

This is a powerful story about one girl’s rebellion, and the affect it has on her entire family. Told in alternating perspectives from all family members, it is a heartbreaking look at how easily things can fall apart.

It is very easy to see and believe how Leah’s rebellion started, and then quickly escalated as she fell into drugs and alcohol. Sadly, it is a scenario that plays out frequently in many families. This was a very complete picture of how one person’s decisions affect everyone around them.

I was very sysmpathetic to everyone if the family, with the exception of Will, the father. His reactions, and overreactions to most things frustrated and annoyed me. I understand that his actions were realistic, but it didn’t stop me from disliking him. The person I felt most sorry for was Justine, the younger daughter. Not only did she have to struggle with her sister’s actions, she also bore the brunt of her parents’ reactions.

Overall, this was a very emotional book. It was easy to believe and empathisize with all the characters. This would be a great book for both teenagers and their parents. A kind of cautionary tale of what could happen.

  3 Responses to “In Leah’s Wake”

  1. I just started this book this AM, I really like it so far! Book Savvy Babe

  2. Sounds like a real emotional rollercoaster. I was so lucky that my kids didn't go down this road. So many do.

  3. This sounds like a wonderful emotional read. I really enjoy these types of books sometimes and I'm going to see if this is available at my library.

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