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- Listening Length: 13 hours and 9 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Terri Giuliano Long
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 13 Dec. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H95BXW8
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In Leah's Wake Audio Download – Unabridged
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There are two, if not three, sorts of wake; I thought this would be about Leah's funeral wake but I was wrong. This is the wake that a thoughtless teenager leaves behind her for her loving family to suffer and gape at when she lives life as she wants without a responsible thought for anybody else.
Leah is a beautiful and talented schoolgirl in her final year before university with everything to work and live for. But with a drug taking/dealing boyfriend who she dotes on, cigarettes (or rather spliffs), hard drugs and bunking off to take her mind off real life, Leah falls into a trap of her version of `grown up' life versus a boring but loving family and home. Parents and grand-parents the world over (or is it just the western world ?) will be cringing on their sofas reading of teenagers living their own lives, making the very same mistakes that they and their parents made but having no real control over how to run their children's lives without alienating them into the bargain.
Leah's younger twelve year old sister, Justine, is totally devoted to Leah, to the point that Miss Justine Goody-goody A * +' tries to emulate her sister by smoking, only half-heartedly does her schoolwork and even joins Leah when she runs away from home. There are financial stresses and strains between the two girls parents', Zoe and Will, with Will working away from home and having the opportunity of the beginnings of an affair which I'm sure he would have started if only the other woman had picked up the phone. Zoe is also on the brink of an illicit friendship with the policeman involved with Leah's several scuffs with the police.Read more ›
The reactions of each family member to predicaments Leah finds herself in, and how they each, including Leah cope with them, shows
the strengths and weaknesses of a family.
An intuitive insight into the growing pains and right of passage that we all have to go through to some degree.
what doesn't kill you....
The book alternates between the point of view of each of the four family members (along with one other character), and this approach works well in that it allows us to get inside their heads, leaving little room for doubt as to where they're coming from. All four of the Tyler family members are well-developed as characters, full of human insecurity and stubbornness. The author does a good job showing how even the most well-meaning people have a tendency to hurt the ones they love the most, and we see each of the characters in turn, including wayward daughter Leah, desperate to make things right, but not knowing how, and being afraid to make the first move for fear of rejection.
The family relationships painted by the author are painfully recognizable; the father so incapable of seeing beyond his daughter's dubious choice of boyfriend that he risks alienating her altogether. The younger daughter doing her best to hold her family together, but finding herself becoming increasingly invisible as her older sibling goes further and further off the rails. The mother, wondering what the hell happened to her life and her family when she wasn't looking. And at the center of the mess, the older daughter desperately seeking some way to prove herself to be "unique", checking off every clichéed box on the bingo card of teenage "rebellion" (smoking, drinking, drugs, sex) as she does so.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A nice story about a rebellious teenager and how easy it is to get on the wrong path. Easy read.Published 6 months ago by Rach
Good read a little slow but easy to read. Perfect for holidays or bedtime reading, likable characters and good storyPublished 22 months ago by sandi
Reasonably good story but not the most exciting
Gets somewhat monotonous towards the end.....struggled and just sped read about last add 20per cent.... Read more
This story was fascinating, in showing how easy it is to fall from grace. A rebellious teenager vs her parents, you can see both sides of the story and the mistakes that they all... Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2013 by Monghog
Total drag. No matter what sort of bad writing you might have endured in the past, I can guarantee you WILL stop reading this book halfway through out of pure frustration. Read morePublished on 11 Aug. 2012 by Gattina
Having read the good reviews I was really looking forward to this book. What a disappointment. it was badly written, the characters were extremely irritating, and few of the plot... Read morePublished on 27 May 2012 by marie_mfi
In Leah's Wake reads like an early Jodi Picoult novel - there's a similar unfolding emotional saga, alternating perspectives between different family members and the strange,... Read morePublished on 14 May 2012 by H. Whitehead