“Are your parents divorced?” asks Laura L. Smith, author of the recently released teen novel, Angry.
If so, it wouldn’t surprise Smith who shares that for one out of two families, divorce is a stark reality. “Divorce leaves scars,” says Smith—and no doubt she knows that personally, since she herself in a child of divorce.
In Angry, the main character Emma experiences the nauseating emotions of horrified shock, guilt and raw anger in the weeks after she learns of her father’s affair and her parent’s decision to dissolve their marriage. She feels alone and she wonders where God is.
Angry, the third book in Smith’s Christian teen fiction series, highlights the heated tug of war that teens experience as their life spirals out of control. According to the current divorce statistics, a teen you love is either facing the anger herself or has a friend who is.
If you’re the parent (grandparent, teacher, mentor) of a young teenage girl, this short book (155 pages) will help you start a meaningful discussion about the painful reality of divorce. And about how God cares no matter what you’re going through.
You can purchase Angry, a NavPress release, at your local bookstore or at your favorite online book seller. Youth leaders will be pleased to know that there is a FREE downloadable discussion guide at the NavPress website. Visit Laura at www.laurasmithauthor.com or see her on Facebook.
Thanks, Laura, for sharing the story of Emma and her high school friends–and for allowing me to post this book review on my blog.
How about you? How have anger and divorce intersected in your life (or in the life of a teen you know) and what seemed to help the most?
Joan C. Webb
Writing, teaching, coaching to empower and set free.