Surviving Haley by: Brenda Baker

Surviving HaleySurviving Haley by Brenda Baker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Plato

The words ring true.

What does a family to do cope with an accidental death? Lauren’s family has moved from Minnesota to Nebraska to escape the pain of losing a sister and a daughter. However, the pain goes with them as they struggle to pick up the pieces.

The narration is told by Lauren and the pain she is suffering as she is dealing with guilt. Her addiction to food and not being able to trust. Both of her parents struggle as well. Her mother has her own addiction and her father at a loss in how to put his family back together. When Lauren freaks out on her first day at school, she makes an enemy but she also makes a friend. An enemy that has her own insecurities and a friend that has found Jesus. Her principal seeing that she needs help, directs her to the school therapist who by not forcing her to talk, helps her to see her pain so she can cope.

What I liked about this book is that is expressed raw pain and how going thru the pain is different for everyone. The author also used different addictions and how those addictions can get take over ones life. Lauren’s friends and enemies were not a broad brush but real people. A Christian, a Hindu, and the popular girl that appears to have everything. Sometimes being stupid can be brave.

A Special Thank You to Pelican Book Group and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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