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By A. Rose TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 April 2011
Format: Paperback
Full of emotion and sensitivity, this book is well written and hard to put down

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.
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Amazon had this at the top of my recomended list for ages, so together with the rave reviews I went ahead and bought it but sadly it wasn`t for me. I couldn`t identify with any of the characters, and moreover found them intensely irritating. I think being british without childen made this a poorer read for me.
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This novel is heavy going, but totally believable and well-written. It deals with a young girl whose family suffer her problems more than she does until late in the story when the balance shifts. I found it quite disturbing and it made me thankful my own daughter is now grown up and came through her teens relatively unscathed! After I'd finished it, I wanted to read something humourous for some light relief - however, for all that, it's a really good read from start to finish.
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By APC on 17 Mar. 2014
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I couldn't put this book down. However I don't want to give anything away.
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....
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Terri Giuliano Long paints a thoroughly believable portrait of a "perfect" family suddenly finding itself falling apart at the seams. When Leah, the previously high-achieving model daughter starts to rebel, the stress of her teenage rebellion upsets the family's already fragile equilibrium, revealing buried resentments and highlighting their inability to communicate with each other.

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.
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This really was one of the best books I have ever read. The author fully exposes in an honest but sympathetic way the frailty of not only married, but also family life. How everthing can spin out of control so quickly is terrifying and yet so very real. The mother is a therapist and yet despite this she misses every single red flag in her daughters life. It makes you wonder how easy it is to stop "really looking" at the people closest to us. We are all guilty of getting caught up with life and the pressures it presents on a daily basis and really are not keeping an eye on the people that really matter. There is the moment when Zoe (mum)and daughter Leah are on the way home from one of Zoe's workshops and as I dont want to spoil the book for anyone who has yet to have the pleasure of reading it - Mum feels that they have both bonded really well and may share a future in developing the workshops and Leah is gritting her teeth and wanting to get away as fast as possible from her mum. I would highly recommend this book to everyone and already am checking out the latest offering from this very talented lady!!
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