Cruel to Be Kind

Saying No Can Save a Child's Life
Narrated by: DeNica Fairman
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
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Cruel to Be Kind is the true story of Max, age six. He is fostered by Cathy while his mother is in hospital with complications from type 2 diabetes.

Fostering Max gets off to a bad start when his mother, Caz, complains and threatens Cathy even before Max has moved in. Cathy and her family are shocked when they first meet Max. But his social worker isn't the only one in denial; his whole family are, too.

©2017 Cathy Glass (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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simple interesting. honest.

The performance was fabulous. The story is interesting. it's a good read that will tug at your heart. very enlightening about obesity and fostering children.

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Cathy Glass is an inspiration. She is a miracle worked in the life of these kids and alot of time the parents of the kids she cares for. I never expected this story to end like it did but sad as it was the kids were and will be okay thanks to her and other kind ppl like her.

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Excellent and very timely

Another excellent book by Cathy Glass!

It's a very well-written and timely story about a little boy who is morbidly obese and his family. Max comes to live with Cathy and her family when his mother is hospitalized with complications from type II diabetes. Cathy's fostering of Max gets off to a bad start when she receives a threatening phone call from Max's mother before his arrival. No one mentions Max's obesity, and Cathy and her family are understandably shocked when they meet Max for the first time. The social worker refuses to acknowlege it, and when Cathy proposes small changes, she's told to leave things as they are. It's not until he has a medical appointment as part of the precess of coming into care, that Cathy is given the go ahead to help Max to begin to lose weight and thus live a more normal life- something he wants for himself.

As the story progresses, the rest of the family gradually warms to Cathy and accepts what she's doing for Max. His three sisters, who also struggle with obesity, also try the program Max is using.

As the book goes on, we learn about Max's mother's terrible childhood and come to understand why she's the way she is -- angry, distant, and we learn why she withholds affection from her children. I found myself liking her and Max's three sisters and cheering them on.

As with many of the books Cathy Glass has written, this one will stay with me for a long time. Sadly, childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions here in the U.S. as well. Thank you for sharing Max's story with us, ands always telling it so well.

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Good foster care story with gripping tale

Cathy Glass tells of a challenging foster care story in England. She takes on an intellectual young boy who is obese and has a mother resistant to changing his situation. The troubles of the family interfere with Cathy's attempts to help the boy in many ways. An interesting riveting read. Recommended.

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As always very entertaining

I love cathy glass and her books. It is always amazing to see the journey she foes thru with her foster kids. This is one of the stories I'm happy to know ends so well.

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I chose this rating, because all of Cathy Glasses books are EXCELANT!!!!!!!! I love this book, because once again, it shows what a wonderful foster carer she is and the compassion she has.

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very good book brings you in !!

great listen story makes you feel as of you are in the room with the characters. cathy glass is amazong as always

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a delight as always

cathy is my hero another great one for the books she tells her stories in a way you just can't put down

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Could not put it down

Enjoyed it. Max story interested me. Glad did so well. Want to read more of Cathy Glass books and see how Max and his sisters and family do.

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amazing

like always Kathy's books are amazing once you start reading them you can't put it down this one is just as great as all her other ones keep them coming

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  • anna abimbola
  • 02-22-18

Heartwarming

This story was heartwarming and tragic the little boy growing up to be this grown man made me a cry

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  • Mrs. D. Darby
  • 05-27-20

loved it....

cathy glass is one of my favorite authors and despite the sadness in this story this is one of the most beautiful tales.

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  • chelle73
  • 02-20-20

great read

another great story from cathy glass love her happy ever after endings and down to earth story telling

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  • Louise
  • 09-06-19

Fantastic heart wrenching story.

Fantastically written as usual. Very thought provoking and really tugged at the heartstrings. Would highly recommend reading with a box of tissues.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-02-19

Another gripping story

I love the books by Cathy Glass. Always well told on audible and although difficult to listen to some of the children's issue, always a joy when things go well.

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  • Annie71
  • 08-11-19

Fantastic !!! As always

Lovely story as always from cathy. Really enjoyed listening to another wonderful heartwarming tale. Xx

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  • MissD
  • 06-26-19

A bit boring compared to others.

Read about 7 Cathy Glass books now and this one is probably my least favourite. Not much of a story compared to the others I’ve read. Seems like it’s concentrated more on the stress foster carers and social workers are under, rather than a story surrounding a child. Fast forwarded an entire chapter because all it discussed was foster care vs social work. Wouldn’t recommend.

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  • Pantea Shafie
  • 01-20-19

Too many plugs

Great story. Sometimes loosing it's force of impact and calibre potential with the author plugging her other books or, at times, repeating unnecessarily details to put forward how conscientious a mother and career she is.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-08-18

brilliant<br />

all Cathy's writing is thrilling, beautifully written and enticing but Danica Fairmans delivery of her books just brings them to life.

I love this pairing and I hope it continues.

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  • wendy
  • 09-16-18

Interesting

A very good book with an interesting in sight to foster parents social services and the families who unfortunately have found themselves in need of help.