In Leah's Wake

In Leah's Wake

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WINNER, Global eBook Award, Popular Literature, 2012 WINNER, Indie Discovery Award, Literary Fiction, 2012 Hailed as "a masterpiece of psychological tension,"* this award-winning novel by Terri Giuliano Long is a wrenching yet ultimately uplifting story of hope, survival, and redemption. Star player and captain of her soccer team, sixteen-year-old Leah Tyler has a bright future ahead of her until she meets bad boy Todd Corbett. From ignoring her curfew to experimenting with drugs, Leah is breaking every rule. For the first time in her life, she feels like she s the one in control, following her own dreams instead of her parents'. But as Leah soon discovers, her actions have the power to forever fracture her family. "In Leah's Wake is a beautifully written and absorbing novel." -- Margot Livesey, award-winning author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy "Terri Long's accomplished first novel takes the reader on a passionate roller-coaster ride through contemporary parenthood and marriage. Sometimes scary, sometimes sad, always tender." -- Susan Straight, National Book Award finalist, author of Take One Candle, Light A Room "An astounding story of a family in transition." -- Tracy Riva, Midwest Reviewsshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 410 pages
  • 140 x 218 x 24mm | 421.84g
  • Terri Giuliano Long
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0615608329
  • 9780615608327
  • 1,246,703

Rating details

2,695 ratings
3.21 out of 5 stars
5 12% (330)
4 27% (718)
3 37% (997)
2 18% (489)
1 6% (161)

Our customer reviews

I will tell you upfront that this is a heart-wrenching tale. It is clear that this book is not one of those "good-feeling" young adult books. It is cold, brutal, and at times, hopeless. At times, I found myself thinking about my own daughter. She's not a teen yet, but she will be there before I know it. And some of the situations detailed in this book made me wonder if I would ever have to deal with these kinds of issues. I can only hope and pray that I have raised her right, and I leave her in God's hands. But I know that realistically I may have to deal with issues such as these. Let me caution you concerning some potential issues in this book. Personally, I don't feel this book is appropriate for young adults. The profanity is quite rampant--I really could have done without all of that. There was very little sexual activity described in the book--I am grateful for that. This book deals with rebellion, drugs, jail, and much more. So proceed at your own risk. This book did not resonate with me as well as I wanted it to. I suppose I am too far removed from this life, but I would have liked to have seen some lighter portions in the book. But the author did cover the issues of teenagers today, and hopefully we can learn from some of the characters' mistakes. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent more
by Ruth Hill
In Leah\'s Wake is such a brilliant unique story on how a teenage girl starts changing and rebelling against her parents, such as drinking and doing drugs are just one of the many things you can read about in this fantastic book. I thoroughly loved reading it page to page and will read it again as I literally couldn\'t put it down. It shows readers how a family copes with everyday situations and even has a real-life feel to it. I enjoyed how it switched from character to character telling us what they were thinking and how they were felt. I was shocked to discover In Leah\'s Wake is Terri\'s first ever novel!! You will not be disappointed when reading this book. It\'s a short review as nothing more I say could give it justice for how amazing it is and how amazing the author is. Reviewed by Kerry-Ann McDade on her book blog Reading A Little Bit Of Everything here: more
by Kerry-Ann McDade
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