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In Leah’s Wake by Terri Giuliano Long

Posted May 17 2010 5:51pm

by Terri Giuliano Long

332 pages

“Their intentions, however misguided at times, had always been good.”

Stereotypes lead us to believe that teenage rebellion is produced by single parent homes or other variations of dysfunctional families. But in , Zoe and Will Tyler are both two hardworking parents that love their two daughters fiercely.  But even that doesn’t stop their Leah Tyler from attempting to break free and make it on her own.

If there’s one thing we can learn something from , is that there is no formula for rebellion. A home with two working parents with great intentions can still produce rebellion. A girl with great grades, athletic talent, scholarships on the table and other variables that point towards a great future can still be jeopardy. Her boyfriend is bad news and everyone but Leah can see this. Through, smoking, experimenting with drugs and skipping classes, Leah goes down a spiral that destroys everything she’s ever worked for. It even threatens to destroy her family.

I strongly recommend . This is a story that will stay with you for days and weeks. The “no, not my daughter” idea will be stripped away forever. It’s also a reminder that when one daughter goes astray, we must never forget about the other children.  The Tyler’s are the average family with two hard working parents and younger a sister that adores the eldest. They could be the family next door. They could even be your own. You’ll want to round up this family and help them out. You’ll want to force feed Leah some common sense. You’ll be hooked with .

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