April 21, 2011

Ghellow Road by T.H. Waters

"Tomorrow could bring a brand new day and a fresh new start. But Mom would never see it like that. Instead she would move through it just like she always had, just as she always would. Living the moments of her life as though she had no past...or future."

This is the life that Theresa lives. A life with a schizophrenic mother, a brother who hates her, and a father who leaves her with just a late night drive to remember him by. Written by T.H. Waters about her true unique childhood experience, Ghellow Road is a different coming of age story different than one I've eve read before. It follows Theresa's daily life for almost twenty years as she struggles to find herself without ever really having a place or a family to call her own. The only real consistent element in her life is her mother, who floats in and out of Theresa's life, just like the voices in her mother's head.

There is just something about this story and about Theresa in general that made me want to keep reading to find out what would happen next. Over and over again Theresa jumped over obstacles that would stop most people dead in their tracks. I love her strength and fighting personality and just kept hoping that she would finally end up with some sort of permanent happiness. This book was inspiring and hopeful when in all reality it had no reason to be. Recommended for anyone but especially for anyone who has dealt with someone with a mental illness.

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