The Tyler family had the perfect life – until sixteen-year-old Leah decided she didn’t want to be perfect anymore. While Zoe and Will fight to save their daughter from destroying her brilliant future, Leah’s younger sister, Justine, must cope with the damage her out-of-control sibling leaves in her wake.
Will this family survive? What happens when love just isn’t enough?
Jodi Picoult fans will love this beautifully written and absorbing novel.
In Leah’s Wake is a coming of age book for the main character Leah. And shows how the acts of one person can damage the whole family. They look perfect on the outside but each family member deals with their own personal issues. The mother feels unfulfilled, and although she helps families work out their own problems she is to close to the situation to handle her own family. The father is stressed when he’s at home, worrying about work, and stressed at work worrying about home. Zoe suspects an affair as well but is she right? Will she confront him about her worries or continue to focus on their daughter Leah instead of themselves?
It seems to all start with Leah’s new boyfriend Todd. Although this family had issues long before he came around, he is the catalyst that drives Leah forward. He’s different from her parents, he expects nothing of Leah. At first she finds this liberating. She doesn’t feel the pressure of having to succeed in soccer or school with Todd. Even Todd ends up being a source of Leah’s aggravation, most of her time spent with him she wonders why she is, or is irritated by anything he does.
Being a drug dealer, and user himself it isn’t long before Leah is experimenting with smoking, drinking, weed, E, anything she can get her hands on really. Justine, the youngest daughter struggles to keep her family together. Ultimately she gets overseen and becomes invisible in her sisters shadow.
In Leah’s Wake is an interesting read and not one that I usually reach for but a good book nonetheless. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were real, extremely real, in fact on how they interact with each other and how they display themselves to the world. This is a book for young girls, adults, people with children or even those who are considering children. The book appeals to a wide variety of people.
A great read, you wont want to stop until you reach the conclusion!
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