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Danny's Mom

A Novel
Narrated by: Lameece Issaq
Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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A bully primed for battle. A high school ready to explode. A must-listen for every parent. "You think only students have to deal with backstabbing and bullying in high school? Think again. Wolf's heroine, a high school guidance counselor, fights back." (The Denver Post) Friday Night Lights meets Ordinary People when Beth Maller returns to her job as a high school guidance counselor shortly after her teenage son Danny is killed in a car accident. Now back at work, Beth rails against the everyday injustices she had overlooked until her world cracked open. Her new circumstances cause Beth to become a major player in the moral battles being waged at Meadow Brook High - where homophobia snakes through the halls, administrators cling to don't-rock-the-boat policies, and mean girls practice bullying as if it were a sport. While Beth struggles to find her "new normal", she learns to speak out, risking her career, her marriage, and the very life she's embraced.

Danny's Mom illustrates what really goes on behind the closed doors of our schools from the perspective of the adults who are charged with keeping our children safe. It's a powerful novel that will appeal to all readers, especially parents, everyone who works in schools, and the LGBT community.

©2012 Elaine Wolf (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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A little bit of overkill goes a long way.

School administrators are portrayed here as being more threatening than the school bullies, saying words that, even in 2012, would have been grounds for serious harassment charges.

The unrealistic caricatures that populate this novel unfortunately ruined it for me. In this fictional high school, men repeatedly get away with ridiculing and threatening women while managing a cover-up. Every parent is stupid or disinterested, and the catch-22 of "I can't tell you so you can help because you can't help even though you know and have authority", was taken too far.

I fully know that there have been kids who died from being bullied, but it didn't follow that I could step into this crazy set-up and sufficiently conquer my incredulity to participate in the plot and connect with them.

For all that we need responses to bullying and bashing from every quarter, for me, this shallow treatment didn't work.