May 10th 2008 8:59 pm
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Oh, I love it when Lexie lets me do a book review! It's so much fun.
This review's title is Get Out of My Life, but first could you drive me and Cheryl to the mall? by Dr. Anthony E. Wolf. Nice canine tie-in there, don't you think? Dr. Wolf - get it? BOL! Mom's personal trainer, i.e. life coach, i.e. okay she's a shrink, recommended this book to Mom to help her on her journey through adolescence. Not her adolescence, mind you, but that of the four human children here. Lexie thought it would be appropos for me to review this book since tomorrow is Mother's Day and being a mother and having to go to therapy and read books like this go paw in paw. At least for a large percentage of human parents. The ones that don't have families like The Waltons. I don't know who the Waltons are, but Mom is often heard saying things like, "Well, we're certainly not the Waltons."
Here is a quote from the very first chapter, entitled What is Adolescence? By the way, that is where I learned to spell adolescence. I could not have done that on my own. It is a very long and hard word to spell.
"Clarissa was so sweet. She always used to give me these cute little cards with hearts or smiley faces on them. They would say 'I love you, Mommy.' She was a treasure. She really was. I used to call her 'Mommy's little treasure.' And helpful around the house? She would always ask if there was anything she could do. I just don't understand what happened. She changed. And now she abuses me. She's a monster."
Okay, I think that about sums up the book. Teenagers can really suck, big time. Parenting them can really suck, too - big time. It's a great book and I think anyone who is parenting a teenager or will at some point be parenting a teenager should read it. Our oldest teenager, a 15-year-old girl, pierced her own bellybutton recently. Mom went out and bought the book.
Happy Mother's Day!