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Children's LiteratureUnderstanding mom can be complicated, especially when "you" are on the fast track to becoming an adult. Phase 1 begins with mom's dreams and aspirations as "you" are conceived, develop, and emerge at birth. There is worry and confusion as "you" and mom both try to adjust to increasing intervals of separation in Phase 2. Drastic body changes happen and "you" are expected to be independent, intelligent, and curious in the third phase, seeking new role models. Often "you" feel like a yo-yo. It all comes down to common needs for both—honesty, understanding and communication. Illness, death, gay parents, and competition complicate relationships with mom. They are addressed in Phase 4 and coping mechanisms are offered. This title—written in second person—is from the Sunscreen relationship series, serves as a practical guide for young people and offers strategies for surviving. The heavy paperback book features black-line figure drawings on colorful collage backgrounds illustrating life-changing stages that escalate and reflect "your" spurts of transformation. A variety of multi-colored and styled fonts articulate the messages conveyed in the framed boxes. It is a book for both genders but recommended books titles and websites listing additional resources spotlight young female audience. An extensive index serves as a quick reference for finding specific topics. Readers will not acquire in-depth therapy in this quick read, but will profit from the lighthearted and balanced mother/child presentation. 2005, Amulet Books, Ages 12 to 18.