Jacob's father is a very strict sort of man who is a city lawyer who is very much concerned about how things "look" and what it will do to his image. His sister is the perfect sibling, bring pride and joy to her father. Glennis, his mom, is the "perfect" wife who defers to her husband in absolutely everything in order to stand by him to further his career. Glennis thinks she has everything until everything starts to fall apart right before her eyes. With her son kicked out of the house and her husband not wanting to do anything to restore their son, Glennis leaves in an effort to try to help Jacob.
Through heart rending story telling, Ms. Carlson takes us on real and raw look at the extremes of living with someone with addiction. Writing from first-hand, personal experience, she is able to skillfully get across the emotional roller coaster of a mother desperate to save her child and how far she would go. And finally coming to the realization that it is not she who can save Jacob.
Ms Carlson does not wrap up the story in a neat little package, but is very real throughout in her descriptions of the "junk" that comes with meth addiction and in her ending of the story. But there is hope in her story. Different addiction specialists have given this book a good review.
I took a long time with this book because it was so emotional and made me think through my own feelings. My heart broke for Glennis and what she was going through and I really kept asking myself constantly "What would I do? How would I react to that situation?" There is a 10 question study page at the end that really asks some thought provoking and good discussion questions. From Melody Carlson's expert story telling I learned alot about addiction behavior and co-dependant behavior.
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