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"Jenny dealt with the stress by forgiving her mom -- over and over and over again."
This collection of ten true stories is based on interviews with people who, in their youth, lived with an addicted parent or sibling. The subjects speak honestly about what it was like to grow up with a family member addicted to alcohol, drugs, food, pills, or gambling.
While describing how they managed to care for themselves and younger siblings, as well as the addicted family member, interviewees also touch on the topics of depression, social stigma, coming out gay or transgendered, and the health problems caused by addiction and stress.
The maturity, sensitivity, and even the sense of humor in these accounts will give teens going through similar situations the important realization that they are not alone and that there are many ways to break free from the chains of others' addictions and to move on positively with one's own life.
It's estimated that 1 in 8 Americans struggles with addiction to drugs or alcohol. "Hooked" is an excellent resource for both kids and adults affected by the addiction of friends and family members.
Chloe Shantz-Hilkes is a writer and a producer of radio interviews and soundscapes for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She lives in Toronto. Decode is a global strategic consultancy firm that helps clients "decode" what young people think, feel, want, need, believe in, and aspire to. Robert Munsch is the author of "The Paper Bag Princess" and is keenly concerned with addiction issues.
Readers will speed through these stories about growing up with a family member under the influence of an addiction. Searingly honest tales, informed by a survivor's perspective, are related about brothers, mothers, and fathers struggling with addictions to gambling, alcohol, and crack. A "How I Coped" section in each story is invaluable, as are the appended lists of resources and a FAQ.--Paula Willey"School Library Journal" (09/09/2014)