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The Stardust Lounge: Stories from a Boy's Adolescence

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  110 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Stephen Digges is the kind of angry adolescent a lot of parents would have given up on. He is out of control by the time he is 13 -- running with gangs, stealing cars, fooling around with drugs and guns, and in general making his family’s life hell. Confronted with his growing recklessness and defiance, his mother, the poet Deborah Digges, decides to try to accept Stephen ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 14th 2002 by Anchor (first published 2001)
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Karima
A mother's story of life with a troubled teen-age son. I had a hard time with the first half of the book and considered abandoning it. Saw no hope and thus no reason to continue hearing of their grim tale. I am so glad that I did not follow this impulse.
Though many may not agree with some of the ways Digges and their therapist handled certain situations, one can't help but be moved by the ins and outs of their predicaments and how they maneuvered through them. Digges also included, along with h
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Michelle
Mother's story of raising a wayward teenager and how they worked together to get him successfully through it. Uplifting, but probably not a cure-all for all parents/teens. Interesting how they were able to use their pets as part of the healing and learning.

Book has some flow issues-ideas introduced and then a few chapters later re-visited with more detail...could tell that the chapters were written out of sequence and not checked to ensure continuity and flow.
Geeta
Fragmented, lyrical account of Digges' son troubled adolescence and her efforts to hold on to their relationship. Dogs and cats play a big role in this, and I am particularly fond of Buster, the epileptic dog that Digges rescues and ultimately provides the structure her son needs.
Abbe
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"Thanks for a wonderful childhood!" Stephen Digges tells his mother as he hugs her goodbye in front of his New York City college dorm, and it's a measure of just how persuasive and potent her account of his difficult adolescence is that we know exactly what he means. At 13, Stephen was running away, stealing his mother's car, carrying guns, doing drugs, and getting into trouble with the law and in school. Already divorced from Stephen's father, Digges saw her son's problems br

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Grace
Dec 05, 2007 Grace rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anybody, it's great
Shelves: 2007
This is a great book. You should read it. Seriously.

Deborah Digges is a single mother of two boys. This story is about her youngest son, Stephen. When the book starts, Stephen is 13 and he's in a lot of trouble. He's associated with gangs, doing drugs, carrying weapons, skipping school, in trouble with the police, the whole nine yards. Digges is desperate not only to turn her son around, but to regain her close relationship with him. In her desperation, she turns to whatever ideas she can grasp-
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Becky
I really enjoyed this personal account of fear, frustration, and bewilderment as her 13-year-old son spirals into a life of violence and crime - and the unorthodox changes she makes in their lives to save him. As the mother of a 13-year-old boy, I thought a lot about what I would do and how I would respond if my son behaved as hers does. And I appreciated the insights from her research into what school/life can look/feel like to adolescent boys.
Jennifer
Oct 26, 2008 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jennifer by: Brain, Child
Shelves: memoir, motherhood
I don't know what it is, but lately I seem to be in a phase of reading all about extremely disturbed/anorexic/and/or drug-addled youth. Getting a leg up on parenting teen-agers, I guess. Anyway, this book is beautifully written (the author is a poet) and her approach to dealing with her adolescent son's issues is interesting in that it is so unconventional, but I couldn't really get into it for some reason that I can't quite put my finger on.
Kelly
this book was written by the late, great poet. She is actually my step-aunt from years ago! Such a beautiful recap of a story I knew of my family.
Kristy
This was really interesting and scary (from a mom's point of view) on how easily your child can lose their way and how hard it is to get them back.
Mary
I loved this memoir by the late, great poet Deborah Digges. So glad I discovered it here on Goodreads.
Mary
Oh man...I really love reading memoirs by poets... this is so good, I'm dragging it out.
Kris
Brilliant read, as a parent I understood how she felt, really truely touching story.
Jan
Beautiful, sad, funny. For parents or people who have parents. Wonderfully written!
Heather
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