by Elaine Wolf
Published by: Arcade Publishing
Released on: November 1st, 2012
*Please note that this review was based from an ARC*
From the beginning pages on Danny's Mom, Elaine Wolf had me weeping into the pages, my heart feeling the exact pain that Beth Maller felt. When mothers have those gut instincts, you listen to them. Beth was talked out of hers. Because of this, she is now the mother of a child who lies within a grave. I couldn't imagine losing a child, and Elaine has captured that pain inside of Danny's Mom with utmost precision. Unfortunately, Beth doesn't just struggle from the day to day yearning for her son to be back in her life. She lives with a husband who wants to forget it all. Forget the memories, forget all the good times and basically-forget the son they shared together. Danny is what held their family together. Beth now lives in a home where she cannot share her inner feelings and be comforted like she should be.
Feeling somewhat forced back to work, Beth trudges into school and tries desperately to avoid the kids. The same kids who knew her son. The same kids who are just like him. One of the few things that she can take comfort in is knowing that she can make a difference and help those in need. Liz flocks to Beth for help as soon as she arrives to school. She feels comfortable with her and opens up to her. Here's where the problem lies, and here's where I really had issues and this certainly left my temper burning...Liz is not assigned to Beth, therefore, Beth should not help Liz NO MATTER WHAT. She should send her to the person that she is assigned to and that should be that. Unfortunately, Beth feels like I do and continuously listens to Liz and is there for her. This is how it should be. ALL children, kids, young adults, and even grown people should be able to go to whomever they please to speak with someone if they have an issue. If they are getting bullied, they aren't going to feel comfortable telling just anyone. There is a bond that needs to be formed before someone is willing to open up and share their problems.
It becomes ever so obvious that Beth is dealing with a school board that is more concerned with building themselves up and telling others what to do than dealing with real issues at hand. And...she certainly can't go home and discuss it with her husband. Beth needs help just as much as Liz does.
Bullying is something that has always happened. It happens from ranges of young children to adults. The main focus I feel is the adolescent years. That is when our minds are young and impressionable. I am glad to see that we speak more about stopping bullying now and raising awareness but it still isn't going to make it go away. Bullying will always be a problem. PLEASE, if you see someone being bullied, say something, tell someone. Being bullied yourself? Let someone know! That bully could be struggling with their own issues that they need help with. There are so many scenarios. Just don't let them interfere and drag you or someone else down. You have the power to stop it.
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