Bad Girls Club
Blooming Tree Press
ISBN # 978-1933831015
Bad Girls Club is the story of Destiny and her little sister, Cassidy, surviving a life filled with chaos and insecurity. Their mother suffers from mental illness and their father manipulates them into keeping things quiet, so they appear to be a "normal" family. Destiny finds herself in the position of parenting Cassidy, because her parents won't, or can't.
Destiny gives up the things any teenager wants - a job, a boyfriend, activities with her friends - in order to protect Cassidy. She lives in constant fear and suffers with stomach aches from the constant stress and anxiety.
Judy Gregerson has written a graphically intense book about what it's like to live with a mentally ill parent. A child raised under these circumstances doesn't stay a child for long. The lucky ones manage to overcome their childhood experiences and move forward. The not so lucky ones seem destined to repeat the pattern.
(July 24, 2007, pp 288, $16.95)