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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: IntroductionCassandra- The Split- No One To Talk To- Life At Mom's- Life at Dad's- Mom Comes Out- Dad Starts Dating- Another New Face- Looking BackPeter- Life Without Mom- Life Without Dad- Mom Returns- Not Talking- Out on the Street- Moving Around- Losing Dad- Looking Back- After the CrazinessWanda- A Crazy Mom- Living in Terror- Fighting Back- Ways of Coping- Looking BackMaria- Dad is Dying- A Crazy Family- Losing Dad- Facing Homophobia- "I Know What You're Going Through"- Feeling Like Dying- A Father Figure- Coming Out- Facing Angry Feelings- Leaving School- Looking BackRandy- Looking for Trouble- Stand-ins for Dad- The Bad Kid- Dad Shows Up- Ups and Downs- Living on the Street- Kicking the Habit- Coming Through the CrazinessIvanah- Stranger Among Us- Illness Strikes- A Change of Roles- Reaching Out- A Turning Point- Losing Dad- Looking Back- Coming ThroughSajeed- Far From Home- Secrets and Lies- Trouble at School- Dad Shows Up- Running Away- Looking for Trouble- Looking BackGeri- Without a Father- The Favorite Child- The Problem Child- Moving Out- Bad Girls- Looking BackLogan- Living With Violence- Nowhere to Turn- Living on the Street- Steps to Recovery- After the CrazinessAislin- Dad's An Alcoholic- An Absent Mother- A Fractured Family- Seeing the Light- Saved by Art- Looking Back- Coming ThroughAfterwordHow to find help. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: There's always the light. It's definitely hard to see when you're going through stuff. I thought I was really alone, but now I've heard so many people talking about all the hard things in their lives, and then they discovered the light. So just keep fighting.
- Samantha

It's difficult to estimate the number of kids who grow up in dysfunctional families, but we can say with certainty that the numbers are not small.

So what is life really like for these kids? What does it mean to grow up in a family where alcoholism plays a role in the family dynamic, where parental separation and all the emotional baggage that accompanies the dissolution of a marriage -- especially where kids are involved -- hangs like a cloud over daily life? What does it feel like when the adult members of a family are too preoccupied or self-absorbed to really act as parents?

In each of these situations, and others, it is usually the teen who has to assume an inordinate amount of responsibility. It means he or she has to grow up very quickly while struggling to maintain stability as forces are pushing in the other direction.

Here are the voices of ten teens who have experienced these situations first-hand. But these are not stories of despair. What you will hear are the authentic voices of youth talking about coping and surviving. One story describes how a teen girl found strength through friendships and by reexamining her sibling relationships. One who was abused by an alcoholic father tells how her commitment to art and the sympathy of a teacher gave value to her life.

These are stories that will resonate with young people. This is a chance for those who struggle in their own dysfunctional settings to realize that they are not alone, that there is hope.

An Afterword by a health professional serves as a helpful reference guide for youth who wish to seek professional help and guidance.

About the Author:

Allen Flaming worked in an inner-city settlement house and is now employed in the community mental health sector. Kate Scowen has over ten years' experience working with youth in a variety of programs. Each has a wealth of experience working with people in crisis.

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