The Boy Between
By: Amanda Prowse and Josiah Hartley
Reviewer Rating: Four out of five stars
Best for: 18 and up
Interesting Mother and Son writing about difficult subject
Review by Julie Hilton
This is a tough book but also hopeful if you hang in there. This mom writes self help book for parents but doesn’t realize what is happening with her own son in late high school, early college. Until he tells her and they go down a dark road together with her husband, his very great stepfather, of depression and suicide attempt. It is a very real, clear look at the situation from both sides and very eye opening.
I loved that this man was willing to share his experience so openly so that others could understand what they or their children, sibling, friend was going through. Fortunately he did not die in his attempt at suicide and can share what he learned.
His language is pretty rough but it does fit with his very raw emotion. His mother appears pretty naive at times but I think most people can relate if they honestly look at how much they really know about how others are feeling.
Language and subject matter would probably require an R rating but I would allow older teens to read it anyway, especially if they had questions or struggles themself or with people close to them.
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