"Beautiful Disasters"

Ana Shapkaliska

"Beautiful Disasters" by Carolyn C. Zahnow is one of the best non fiction books that I've read in the last couple of years. It's a real eye opener.
The book is very profound and touching, awaking and heartbreaking, and I really couldn't put it down. I've read it in one breath.
In it the author is describing the disastrous path that her son had embarked on at the age of fifteen, after the death of his biological father. That turning event for him  ultimately led him to his own death, by hanging himself at the age of eighteen.
Written without sentimentalism and pathetic, with immaculate detailing and just the right dose of emotions, the book provides a very clear picture what teen depression means and looks like, and how dangerous and harmful it can be.
It is a warning sign that we should not mistaken depression with teenage rebellion or disrespectful behavior.
"Beautiful Disasters" is a must read not only for all the parents of teenage children, but for everyone who comes in contact in any way with teenagers.
Besides putting insight on so many important aspects in a teenage boy life,  it also brings up the complicated relationship between the teenage children and their stepparents. Looks like no matter how hard the both sides can try their best, things just don't work out, and there are no culprits.
A page turner, and a realistic guide of revealing the suffering of a young boy, "Beautiful Disasters" is a book that every book lover should have in their library.

Ana Shapkaliska,
Scriptwriter, novelist and short story writer

Robert Schwartz

"We read the stories of others in search of mile markers, signposts to guide the direction of our lives. There are many such markers in this poignant and compelling story. Carolyn Zahnow has taken loss and extracted from it wisdom, hope, and a healing pathway on which readers may follow in her footsteps."

-Robert Schwartz, Between Lives Regression Therapist, author of Your Soul's Plan and Your Soul's Gift

Jane Shaw Stroup

This is a gripping account of a mother's efforts to rescue her teenage son from descent into depression, drugs, and ultimately death. She tries therapists, drug rehab, disciplinary actions, and love. Her son, a talented and well-liked young man, just can't respond. While this story is grim, it is written with frankness and candor and

can offer insights or solace to families going through a similar experience.

~ Jane Shaw Stroup, Chair, James G. Martin

Higher education editor, School Reform News  Center for Academic Renewal

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