Day: May 2, 2013

“My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks” by Maya Silver & Marc Silver

“My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks” by Maya Silver & Marc Silver c.2013, Sourcebooks $14.99 / $16.99 Canada 262 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Truthfully, the bad news came as no surprise. Your Mom hadn’t been feeling well lately and for weeks, you’d heard your parents whispering. You knew she was having some tests done; still, when they finally told you she had cancer, you couldn’t believe it. You cried for twenty minutes, ran out of the house, kicked the door, or just quietly went to your room to think. And that’s okay. When you read “My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks” by Maya Silver & Marc Silver, you’ll see that that – among other things – is perfectly normal. Not long ago, Mom and Dad sat down to break the bad news to you, thereby adding you to the list of almost 3 million American teens that live with a parent who’s dealt with cancer. And now that you know what’s going on, you might think that you’ll never laugh anymore (wrong), and that normal life is over (wrong again). You may be angry that your parents didn’t tell you sooner, or that they told you too much, or that you’re even dealing with this at all. You may eventually have very normal feelings of helplessness, guilt, exhaustion, sorrow, or exasperation. That’s...

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