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In Leah's Wake Paperback – October 1, 2010
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It was difficult to read the parts when Leah actually tried to approach her mother without directly telling her what was wrong and her mother would put her off because she was busy. It strikes fear into my heart because I wonder if that has ever happened with my children. I always want to be available to them, but I get busy and don't always give them my full attention when they might need it. Unfortunately, kids often hint rather than directly ask for what they need and parents can't read their minds or know when we really need to listen.
This was an excellent book, but also a hard book to read because it is every parent's nightmare.
It was gritty and certainly not a fairy tale, but I didn't cry. I wish I hadn't waited so long to read it. It was so easy to empathize with the characters, while simultaneously wanting to throw something at them. You could see that they were all trying to do the best they could, but still falling short somehow.
Leah and Justine are craving the love and attention of their parents, who both think they're doing all they are supposed to for their children. A massive communication breakdown builds for years, and ultimately culminates in tragedy.
If you like family drama, I'd definitely recommend this book, but even if you don't like drama (not my favorite genre), this is a well-written story that will make you care about the characters and leave you wanting to see more of their lives.
This story is full of characters that the reader loves and hates at the same time. Leah is strong yet weak. Her parents have it all together but can't keep it together. Justine is smart but vulnerable. And Todd is a loser yet charming. In Leah's Wake is a wonderful, free-flowing read that captivates the reader to the very end.
Terri Giuliano Long has written a book that will captivate you from page one and keep you reading until the last page! Jodi Picoult needs to move over, there is a new author in town!!!!!!