Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Invisible Girl by Mariel Hemingway (book review)

Invisible GirlInvisible Girl by Mariel Hemingway
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

From the book:

"No matter what your problem is, it isn't only your problem. Families have troubles because they are made up of people, and people are complicated...Kids are sometimes the most observant members of families because they aren't loaded down with all the baggage that comes with being an adult. They might not have the experience and wisdom to know how to fix problems, but they're fully aware of them..."

Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of literary giant Ernest Hemingway, recounts in diary-like detail what it's like to grow up in a famously dysfunctional family. Older teens might find the narrator, who still calls her parents "Mommy" and "Daddy" when she's fourteen, too babyish. Highly recommended for tweens and young teens who struggle with eating disorders, OCD, alcoholic and drug addicted family members, and parents who have a serious illness such as cancer. Despite the depressing topics, this evocative memoir is full of hope, empowering young people to talk openly about their struggles and to take charge of their own mental health journey, breaking free from the cycle of family dysfunction.

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