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MY TEENAGE WEREWOLF: A Mother, a Daughter, a Journey Through the Thicket of Adolescence Book Review

My Teenage Werewolf by Lauren Kessler


A veteran journalist navigates the mother-daughter relationship at its most crucial moment With the eye of a reporter, the curiosity of an anthropologist, and the open (and sometimes wounded) heart of a mother, award-winning author Lauren Kessler embeds herself in her about-to-be-teenage daughter’s life. In seventh- and eighth-grade classrooms, at home, online, at the mall, and at summer camp, Kessler observes, investigates, chronicles- and participates in-the life of a twenty-first-century teen. As she begins to better understand and appreciate her mercurial daughter, their relationship-at first a mirror of the author’s difficult relationship with her own mother-lurches in new directions. With the help of a resident teen expert (her daughter), as well as teachers, doctors, therapists, and other mothers, Kessler illuminates the age-old struggle from both sides, gracefully interweaving personal experience with journalistic inquiry. Funny, poignant, and insightful, My Teenage Werewolf explores the fascinating and scary world of today’s teen as it comes to grips with the single most important relationship in a woman’s life.

My Review:

After just reading the first chapter I knew that I had found someone who completely understood what I was going through as a parent with a teenage daughter.  A few times I reached for a tissue because I felt the same hurt Lauren had.  I think the book helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel if I learned to listen and accepted more from what my daughter was feeling during her awkward moments.  I recommend this book for any mother with a teenage daughter; it’ll help from the first page just knowing that you’re not alone.

This post was written for Family Review Network & Viking who provided the complimentary product in exchange for my honest review.

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