Judith Caseley My Father, the Nutcase

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My Father, the Nutcase

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When her father becomes clinically depressed, fifteen-year-old Zoe worries that his illness will engulf the entire family.

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Grade 9-12-- Zoe's father isn't exactly crazy; he's suffering from depression, which, in turn, deeply affects each member of the family. Rachel, 12, becomes a compulsive eater and attempts shoplifting; 17-year-old Cara turns all her attention to her boyfriend; their mother is often short tempered and more self-reliant; and Zoe, 15, is angry and confused. Her confusion is further complicated when she begins dating. As in Kisses (Knopf, 1990), Caseley's heroine is learning to come to terms with her own feelings while experimenting with the opposite sex. This time, however, while the young woman is inexperienced and rather naive, the descriptions are more graphic. Although it may be normal for teens to become involved so quickly, the frequency of Zoe's bad experiences in a short period of time detracts from the story's credibility. However, the characters are well drawn and believable. Zoe and Cara are bright and likable, and the description of their father before, during, and after his bout with depression integrates information about the illness and its effects, providing a perspective for teens who may, either directly or indirectly, be involved with such problems themselves. This information, combined with the author's witty style and an interesting plot, will make this book a welcome one for mature YAs. --Dona Weisman, Northeast Texas Library System, Garland
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In the words of 15-year-old Zoe Cohen, her father's accident (he drove his car into a tree) marked "the ominous beginning." Things slip from bad to worse: severely depressed, Mr. Cohen quits his job, stays in bed most of the day and grows more and more detached from Zoe, her mother and two sisters. Through Zoe's perceptive and realistic first-person narrative, Caseley ( Kisses ) reveals the devastating toll that such an illness can take on a family--and especially on an unusually thoughtful, sensitive girl. While harboring a great deal of anger towards her father, Zoe manages to survive several key teenage rites of passage, including first and last dates with a couple of boys who have only one thing on their minds. Since Caseley's descriptions of these escapades are fairly candid and graphic, it is advisable that the book's suggested age guidelines be observed. In the story's promising, emotionally-charged conclusion, Zoe's father--and the entire family--are showing sure signs of healing. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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