I Was My Mother's Bridesmaid by Erica and Vanessa Carlisle
(1999). Written by sisters raised in a stepfamily, this is a reassuring
collection of stories written by young adults 18 - 25 who grew
up in stepfamilies. For teens, this book offers reassurance, support
and hope; for parents, an opportunity to really listen to what
our kids/stepkids wants and need from us. As the authors say,
"our stories are characterized by resilience, by flexibility,
and by strength." I Was My Mother's Bridesmaid is optimistic,
realistic and touching. Recommended reading.
The Top-Secret Journal of Fiona Claire Jardin by Robin
Cruise (1998). The story of a 10-year old girl struggling with
the changing world that her parent's divorce and joint custody
bring. Recommended as a possible "mutual read" for adult/child
as a way for real life issues to be discussed with a youngster
in the safe environment of "Fiona's situation."
It's Not the End of the World by Judy Blume. The story
of a 6th grade girl whose parents are divorcing. It is honest,
realistic and definitely worthwhile.
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary. Through letters written
to his favorite author, Leigh learns a lot about himself and his
parents' divorce. Great author has written an engaging book.
What Am I Doing In A Stepfamily?
by Claire Berman. (See review in "Featured Books")
What Stepfamilies Are Reading