Comeback: A Mother and Daughter's Journey Through Hell and Back
How does an honor student at one of Los Angeles's finest prep schools--a nice girl from a happy, loving home--trade school uniforms and afternoons at the mall for speedballs in the back of a truck in rural Indiana? How does her devoted mother emerge from the shock of finding that her daughter has not only disappeared but had been living a secret life for more than a year?...more
Because I keep hoping that people write them because they feel their life has something in common with the rest of us.
Not to find out that a book is written by a spoiled "poor little rich mom" who becomes an armchair psychologist and can't stop spending thousands of dollars on boutique self-help programs.
Now let's step back. You can read the description yourself and infer that this is a story about a teen runaway who enters an extremist reform school and ultimately ...more
Both of these complaints aside, this is a great examination of the bond between a mother and child, the pain felt at the breaking of that bond, a ...more
Reading this book required a ...more
I think sometimes I am overly hard on my oldest daughter, trying to teach her to behave and calm down. This book made m ...more
It begins with Mia as an adolescent, starting to act out (drug abuse, promiscuity, cutting, eating disorder, etc) and inexplicably running away. After deeper examination, it appears that Mia is acting out unresolved trauma from being sexually abused by her biological father. ...more
Since this is a "memoir", I was somewhat skeptical of some of it.
I think the book could have used some editing for length and I also found the plethora of details about the seminars attended by the parents and the sessions the da ...more
This book was enlightening in that it was not just tough love that ...more
The daughter, Mia, was raped by her father as a small child. She didn’t really remember details as a teen-after but the long-buried pain caused her to act out and run away as a teenager. She lived in the streets, mostly in Indiana, and was raped again while passed out on drugs. Mia’s mother, Claire, and stepfat ...more
This book is written by a mother and daughter, Claire and Mia respectively, who survived the sexual abuse that the father imposed on his daughter and that began when she was only three years old. The book depi ...more
After running away from home multiple times, the daughter is sent to a boot-camp recovery program in Europe. She suffers from several issues, the biggest of all is the abuse she received from her biological father when she was young. With that baggage, she started doing dru ...more
The story tells not only what happened to them but how they got there and what they did to climb out of the pit of hell. I learned many things about my children as well as myself. The description of programs and what each member of the family did to address personal issues is a huge benefit to anyone open to reading this. Even if you don't have childre ...more