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When a Friend Dies by Marilyn E. Gootman
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Oct 26, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: ya-lit-2011-2012
Read on October 26, 2011

**** As far as self-help books go,this one is great! It has a format which allows the reader to read as much of the book as he/she wants. It is not preachy in tone or nature. The author, Marilyn E. Gootman, does a nice job of validating the wide range of feelings a person might experience when dealing with the death of a friend or even an aquaintance. There are quotes from real teens throughout to book as well as resources in the back of organizations that can help such as the National Hopeline Network. Each resource has the contact information for it along with a brief description of what the resource/organization is/does. This book also asks the reader probing questions to help get thinking/discussions started. Questions such as, "How many ways can you have fun without hurting or endangering yourself or others? The questions go along with the section, in this case the section was about not engaging in dangerous or risky behaviors because you feel like you might die young too and should live it up while you still can.

Anyone could pick up this book and benefit (there are even resources for adults in the back).


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