Mental Health

Sam & Ilsa’s Last Hurrah

Twins Sam and Ilsa are graduating seniors throwing one of their last dinner parties at their grandmother Czarina’s swanky (but rent-controlled) apartment at the Stanwyck in Manhattan while she and their parents are out of town.  The tradition for the… Read More ›

the girl in between

Not sure why this is a YA book because the girl from whose view the story is told seems younger.  Anyway.  The girl and her mother are living with the grandmother when a fight erupts between the two older women,… Read More ›

The Science of Breakable Things

Natalie’s botanist researcher mom has been shutting herself away in her bedroom since summer, and it is now approaching Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas–all the traditional family gathering times.  Her dad, a therapist, is trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy, cooking… Read More ›

The Memory Trees

A 16-year-old girl has been living with her dad and step-mom in Florida for 8 years, since the tragic death of an older sister in Vermont.  Her birth mom in Vermont had a mental breakdown and was judged unsuitable to… Read More ›

Now Is Everything

A wealthy family is ruled by a bullying tyrant of a husband/father.  Everyone has learned to tiptoe around the triggers that set him off. There is no sexual abuse but there is much physical and psychological violenc The oldest child… Read More ›

What to Say Next

There are two protagonists in this book : One is David, a teenager with Asperger’s who has a great family supporting him. The other is Kit, a girl whose father was recently killed in a car accident.  The book alternates… Read More ›

Before Now

Atty is the daughter of a Haitian immigrant-turned-policeman and Native American woman who is a nurse or some kind of caregiver. They both work long hours, and she’s left to herself a lot. She is a smart girl and a… Read More ›

Good and Gone

A 15-year-old girl goes on a road trip with her clinically depressed older brother and gay next-door neighbor to find a rock star who’s gone missing.  Along the way they meet interesting characters and learn things about themselves and others…. Read More ›