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Corey's Story: Her Family's Secret

Carbone, Elisa Lynn

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ISBN 10: 0914525301 / ISBN 13: 9780914525301
Published by Waterfront Books
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Title: Corey's Story: Her Family's Secret

Publisher: Waterfront Books

Book Condition:Very Good

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Twelve-year-old Corey, wishing for a normal family life, struggles with the fact that her father drinks too much and has trouble holding a job.


To feel that you'll never be "normal," always be different from the other kids. To fear that your friends will discover your father is an alcoholic. To take on adult responsibilities since your father is always drunk or hung-over. To confront and accept your own emotions, and then confront your father. Elisa Lynn Carbone captures well the pain and confusion a young teen faces when a parent is addicted to alcohol. The typical dynamics of adolescents we're all familiar with - boy/girl crushes and lunchroom cliques - are turned on their head when experienced through the eyes of Corey, a 12-year-old girl with an alcoholic father. A constant force of tension threads through the book, particularly the lighter moments - Dad and Corey at a baseball game, for example or the reader feeling Cory's relentless fear that her father could slip into drinking any second. A riveting, believable ending for any-aged reader rises higher than the entire book and avoids the fairy-tale finish. The story moves smoothly when Carbone focuses on the characters but bumps occasionally when it slips into a how-to tone for coping teens. For all the alienated young people imprisoned by Corey's situation, this book might be their best friend and give them the courage to seek help, or at least begin communicating. -- From Independent Publisher

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