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What My Father Gave Me by Melanie Little
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Nov 11, 11

bookshelves: abuse, cutting, washyarg, young-adult, alcohol, fathers
Read in November, 2011

In a brief book containing 7 stories, reflections and recollections of the authors’ fathers and step-fathers. The first is a sweet, but sad story of a father’s death and lingering influence (presence?) in the lives of the author and her mother. The rest are stories about alcoholic, compulsive gambling, abusive fathers, multiple successive step-fathers and how the fathers’ behaviors influence the daughters – alcoholic, sexually active, cutters, and more. Although likely cathartic for the writers, this is just depressing for the reader. I agree there is a place for some of this writing, but there is no redemption nor hope in most of these stories. There is one note about AlaTeen at the end of one story, but nothing else that could assist teens dealing with any of these issues. It’s just a set of stories about tragic teens, so I can’t really recommend it.

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