In Leah’s Wake by Terri Giuliano Long
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace; Reprint edition (October 1, 2010)
The Tylers have a perfect life–beautiful home, established careers, two sweet and talented daughters. Their eldest, Leah, an exceptional soccer player, is on track for a prestigious scholarship. Their youngest, Justine, more responsible than seems possible for her 12 years, just wants her sister’s approval. With Leah nearing the end of high school and Justine a seemingly together kid, the parents are set to enjoy a peaceful life…until Leah meets Todd, a former roadie for a rock band.
As Leah’s parents fight to save their daughter from a world of drugs, sex, and wild parties, their divided approach drives their daughter out of their home and a wedge into their marriage. Meanwhile, twelve-year-old Justine observes her sister’s rebellion from the shadows of their fragmented family-leaving her to question whether anyone loves her and if God even knows she exists.
Can this family survive in Leah’s wake? What happens when love just isn’t enough?
I did like the book (kinda) but…I thought the book was going to be better than it was. It has about 365 pages of small print and many of those pages are about Leah’s parents (Will and Zoe), her sister (Justine) and some of her and Todd’s (her boyfriend) friends. I wanted to read the story of Leah, and yes, her family and friends should have been written into the story, but not so much that at times it felt like the story was about them.
I felt the ending left many things unanswered, and after reading such a drawn out account of what was going on, I would have liked a little more closure. And I would have liked the book to end with a focus on Leah, not her sister.
I honestly almost stopped reading the book many times, but something in me HAS to see if the book gets better and/or how it ends.
In this case, it did get better toward the end, but like I said, the ending left me unsatisfied.
I know the book is getting mixed reviews, so if the blurb interests you, read it and see what you think.
And if you’ve already read it, I’d love for you to leave a comment and let me know what you thought about it.