Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Something Wicked by Lesley Anne Cowan
As a parent I found this a hard book to read. I want to best for my kids, I can tell them all sorts of truths and things meant to help them, but I can't make them listen and use that information. Melissa's mother wasn't much of a role model, but she did have her uncle that showed some concern and did try to help in his own way. She had a counsellor that she was seeing weekly and she also had the teachers at her 'Day School' who truly cared. Her uncle told her "You decide to be happy ... It's a decision" but Melissa wasn't ready to hear that message.
This story rang true on all events. Teens don't think the same way as adults. Their thought processes are handled in the amygdala where emotional responses happen. My doctor recommended the following video The Adolescent Brain from The Discovery Channel,when I was struggling to understand my teen.
I highly recommend this book for teens and adults who deal with teens. Some of the insights I found very helpful. When Melissa finally decided to accept help, it's not for the reasons an adult might. She thinks to herself, "I've made a decision about my life: I don't give up. I give in. There's a difference. I give in the destiny I'm being pushed toward... But it's not surrender it's more like I'm stopping the resistance."
Thanks to Penguin Canada for the cover image and for my review copy.