I have read a lot of books in the past on raising teens who rebel against their parents for one reason or another, but I have never read a book so close to home before. I love the way Terri tells the story from all side's of the family, not just the parents.
If I was told that I could use only one word to express how this book made me feel, it would be "WOW." As a writer, to be rendered nearly speechless is usually not a good sign. This book did just that. In Leah's Wake may be a fictional story, but it speaks about everyday situations.
Writing from five points of view, the author has created a distinct suspension of disbelief that makes you feel caught up in their world, buying into the tragedy that so many families in this country can identify with. Her ability to create characters who are so perfectly flawed that you can't help but love them is a true gift.
I stayed up till 3 a.m. the night I finished this book because I had to know what was going to happen. I literally could not have slept without knowing how the story was going to end and what was going to happen to all of them.