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In Leah's Wake (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Terri Giuliano Long
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WINNER, Global eBook Award, Popular Literature, 2012

WINNER, Indie Discovery Award, Literary Fiction, 2012

In this haunting coming-of-age novel, award-winning author Terri Giuliano Long delves into every parents’ nightmare as a rebellious teenage daughter unravels before her family, forcing them to reevaluate the choices they’ve made….

Star player and captain of her soccer team, sixteen-year-old Leah Tyler has a bright future ahead of her. Though she’s only in her junior year of high school, several colleges have already expressed interest in recruiting Leah—including Harvard, where her father desperately wants her to go. But when she meets bad boy Todd Corbett, her life soon spirals dangerously out of control.

From ignoring her curfew to experimenting with drugs, Leah is breaking every rule. For the first time in her life, she feels like she’s the one in control, making her own decisions instead of following her parents’ dreams. But as Leah is about to discover, her actions have the power to forever fracture her family.

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TERRI GIULIANO LONG has written for print and online media, news and feature stories for numerous publications, including the Huffington Post, and she’s also edited technical articles. Her debut novel, In Leah’s Wake, was an acclaimed bestseller, an Amazon bestseller for over six months and ranking sixth on the Barnes & Noble Nook’s Top 100 list. In Leah’s Wake won the 2012 Global eBook Award in Popular Literature and the 2012 Indie Discovery Award in Literary Fiction.

In May 2013, after teaching for seventeen years, Terri left her post at Boston College to focus on her writing and is currently hard at work on her next novel, The Lies We Tell Ourselves, a follow-up to her latest work, Until I Come Home. She lives with her family on the East Coast.


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Teenager rebellion 17. Februar 2011
The author clearly describes the upheaval of a family when one of the daughters falls in love with a boy who is not tolerated by her parents. His free and easy lifestyle, his consumption of alcohol and drugs attract her, until she finally realizes that she does not want to live this kind of life. However, before that happens the parents and the younger sister struggle with their own problems until they come to terms with each other.
The author chose a subject which affects many families today. She clearly shows the parents' limits and emphasizes that Leah has to decide her future on her own.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Worth the 99 cents! 27. Dezember 2010
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I downloaded this book for my kindle mainly because the price was so cheap, and Im glad that I did! I finished the book in about 4 days. once I picked it up, I couldnt put it down! Terri does an awesome job using foreshadowing in all the right places.. and writes an ending that you will never ee coming! I highly recommend this to anyone, but I advise any strict parent to consider purchasing this as a gift for anyone under the age of about 16, as there is qite a bit of suggestive material throughout. But over all, this is a FANTASTIC book!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Overall a decent story 6. September 2011
Von Read for Fun - Veröffentlicht auf
***I received a complimentary copy in exchange for a review.

I enjoyed this story for the most part. Leah went through a series of bad decisions that put her in a spot her pride couldn't back track on. The characters were well developed and it was easy to understand the things they did for the family.

I only gave it 3 stars because I felt like at times the story wandered away from the main plot and some of the story lines were too long and unnecessary. Overall, though, I enjoyed it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great read! 23. Mai 2011
Von Donna Dowd - Veröffentlicht auf
It's hard to believe this book was the author's debut novel. The characters and storyline kept you riveted to the book and you didn't want to put it down. Very true to life story that anyone who is raising or raised teenagers could definitely relate to and see themselves, as parents, in almost the same type of situations. I enjoyed reading about the family dynamics and how each individual's actions affect everyone in the family. Very good read! Great job Terri!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Perfect Summer Read! 6. Juni 2011
Von Emily - Veröffentlicht auf
Holding my daughters for the first time, watching them absorb the world around them, smelling their sweet breath, I pictured a fairytale future. My vision of them held details of first steps, first boyfriends, college, marriage and eventually grandchildren. A lifetime of accomplishments mixed in with minor disappointments, disappointments that would only strengthen them to be the amazing women I know they will be. I pictured sharing this joy with my best friend and partner, my husband.

I didn't picture rampant sexual teens, drugs, drop-out coke dealing boyfriends, drunken parties or searching relentlessly for my runaway daughter. Thoughts of them failing school, insulting their team mates by quitting, or squandering a chance at college scholarships never crossed my mind. It was an impossible possibility that my older daughter could influence her younger sister to follow down a dark, dangerous road with her, causing a 12-year-old mental breakdown. My marriage could never be stripped down by the stress of raising an emotionally drowning teenager, worn thread bare, exposing gaping holes where adultery could seep in and communication lost. That could never happen to my family. Could it?

That's what Zoe and Will Tyler must have thought too, as they watched their two beautiful daughters, 12-year-old Justine and 16-year-old Leah, grow up in Terri Giuliano Long's debut novel In Leah's Wake.

"They had no idea, he and Zoe, how easy they'd had it when the girls were young."

In Leah's Wake is a dramatic contemporary novel about the average suburban family. Will and Zoe Tyler are both hard working parents trying to provide the perfect life for their children: a nice house, good schools, sports and academic enrichment. Leah is a soccer star, groomed for a future in collegiate sports, captain of her team and a positive role model for her younger sister. Justine's strengths are in academics, a compassionate heart, a desire to please her family and an unquestionable faith. The Tyler family seemed to have it all, a life of promise and privilege, and a life, not too unlike my own. Until suddenly, they find themselves drowning in the wake of Leah's tumultuous teenage transformation.

Early in the novel, Terri pulled at my heartstrings so much, the story became personal. My identity started to intertwine with Zoe Tyler. Her voice echoed in my head, the same as so many other moms.

"...Zoe vowed. From now on, if one of her children needed her, she planned to be available. She would rearrange her patient schedule so she was free to pick up Leah after practice, would attend every game. She would set aside at least four hours of individual, quality time, per week, for each of the girls. She would pack their lunches. Bake cookies. Sew Halloween outfits. She'd be the perfect mother. Better than perfect, she thought..."

It's clear that Terri is a parent, and not surprising to know that she is raising four daughters. Her concrete descriptions and detailed passages engaged all my senses, creating a sense of inclusion, as if I were a part of the Tyler family. She has an extraordinary ability to allow the reader to see the action unfolding from all of the characters' viewpoints, reminding the reader that reality and truth are influenced greatly by each person's perspective and personal experiences.

We start to see a crack in Leah's vision, the beginning of her unraveling, when she has to engage in a classroom conversation about their futures.

"When her turn came, Leah mumbled her answer. A professional soccer player, she said, the choice they all expected to hear... Lately, she'd begun to wonder if playing pro soccer was something she really wanted to do. The adults in her life all pushed her in that direction, told her she'd be a fool not to play; maybe she'd simply adopted their dream."

How many times, as parents, do we push our children to do something because they show a natural talent? Thousands of times I have thought, "They'll thank me later".

Leah's restless spirit finds solace in a 19-year-old high school dropout, Todd. His carefree lifestyle and independence are intoxicating, lulling Leah into a false sense of adulthood. Like most teenagers, Leah thinks she is old enough to handle life on her own, without the support of her loving family. What starts out as normal teenage rebellion, breaking curfew, secrecy, and talking back soon turns into a full-blown revolt as Leah's parents try to regain control. But they are no match to a life of parties, drugs and music.

Justine is caught between wanting to please her parents, and wanting her sister's approval. She begins to slip away into the dark waters her big sister treads, hoping to maintain their relationship. Justine is also the peace-maker of the family, and when she can't help her parents reconcile with her sister, not only is her heart broken but her faith in family, friends and religion is shattered. She begins to take on a more maternal role, taking care of her mother after a debilitating accident and battle with depression.

Ironically Zoe is a family counselor and leadership coach but is unable to utilize her well trained, professional skills to recognize the red flags her daughter Leah was flailing. As her perfect life starts to dissipate, revealing instability, she retreats into herself, extends too much grace and not enough discipline for fear of losing her friendship with her daughter.

Perhaps Will could have been more present if he wasn't trying to dig himself out of his own drama. Life throws us many unexpected trials, and for Will a demanding work schedule and marital discontentment blinded him from what his family really needed until it was too late. He also got caught up in his parental dreams, picturing his daughter playing soccer at a collegiate level, forgetting to make sure that was what his daughter wanted too.

Although In Leah's Wake is a sad story of family experiencing traumatic growing pains, Terri does a fantastic job leaving the reader with some hope in the end. This book made me take a look at my own children, marriage and priorities. It reminded me how precious each day is and that we can't take anything for granted. Terri also gave me some insight on how the teenage brain works, letting me hear Leah's thoughts and inner voice, hopefully giving me a small clue to what goes on behind those frustrated eyes of my own teenage daughter, tossing me a life preserver for my own future wake.

Will is reminded of some advice his mother gave him when his children were younger.

"Your children will bring you the greatest joy in your life...They will also break your heart. You've got to take the good with the bad."
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5.0 von 5 Sternen great page-turner 10. Februar 2011
Von Michael Kors - Veröffentlicht auf
Wow, this book really kept me from sleeping! Once started I had to know the end!
A big compliment to the author! I guess it must be a gift to be able to `create' a book of this caliber.
Being a parent myself with, I guess I may compare myself with Zoe and Will. Do they make mistakes!! Page after page it became more obvious they don't leave Leah a chance but to run away! The grenade in her was planted long ago, it just needed a Todd or Hope to pull the pin out! How good of the author to show that even a mother whose profession it is to train other parents how to get on the right track, can make such mistakes in her private live. The frustration (especially from Will) of not living the live they wanted, is mirrored onto the kids.
I can fully recommend this book, and I hope Terri Giuliano-Long is inspired to write another book.
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