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How It Feels When Parents Divorce by Jill…

How It Feels When Parents Divorce

by Jill Krementz

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Journalist and photographer Jill Krementz presents the lives of young people ranging from seven to sixteen who have gone through a divorce through a series of interviews and photographs. Boys and girls reveal their honest emotions about their experiences and provide advice to others going through this family crisis.

Although written and published in the eighties, the honest emotions and touching stories of the young people in this book remain relevant, as they experience anger, confusion, grief, and anxiety from the effects of their parents' relationship. I was particularly moved by the experience of an of ten year-old Jimmy, whose mother had "snatched" him away from his father who had custody. He speaks of the incident in a mature, matter-of-fact way that made me sympathize for him having to go through such a battle between his mother and father. Although the stories could help other young people through the difficulties of divorce, my concern is that the book is not visually appealing to today's youth. The dated black and white photos, which help make the stories real, are rather boring compared to other modern books. I searched my public library for books for young people dealing with divorce and I found this to be a common issue. So, although this book could help young people, I would recommend looking for newer titles to put on a library's shelf.
  jessica.kohout | Apr 24, 2010 |
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In this immensely moving book, nineteen boys and girls, from seven to sixteen years old and from highly diverse backgrounds, share with us their deepest feelings about their parents' divorce. By listening to them, all children of divorced parents can find constructive ways to help themselves through this difficult time. And they will learn that their own shock and anger, confusion and pain, have been experienced by others and are normal and appropriate. These boys and girls speak with extraordinary honesty and tolerance, and with a remarkable absence of rationalization, illusion, or attempt to justify their own often-trying behavior in response to their situations. Their stories are immediate and convincing, and their generosity in confiding their feelings should provide comfort to children and parents alike.

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Boys and girls, ages seven to sixteen, share their feelings about their parents' divorce.

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