Glass Half-Full

Glass Half-Full

by Jack Rosen


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Glass Half-Full by Jack Rosen

A father's identity and love for his teenaged daughter are both tested in this tale of emotional struggles. Samantha's life is slowly but surely eroding as she is unable to control her self-destructive behaviors. Her parents, Jack and Elizabeth, are doing everything they can to help but are unable to halt the girl's downward spiral that continues to gain momentum. They come to accept that unless drastic steps are taken, they may lose their child forever.

Based on the author's true life experiences, the uneven, twisted road to Samantha's recovery leads from a well-to-do suburb in Westchester County to a wilderness program in New Hampshire and culminates with her stay at a therapeutic boarding school in upstate New York.

Desperate to save his daughter, Jack knows he must find a way to face his fears and resolve his own issues. As the program helps Samantha to painfully dig deeper toward discovering her true self, Jack also begins to absorb its teachings. In doing so, he gains a greater understanding of who his daughter really is and, ultimately, of himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780595386000
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/16/2006
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.03(d)

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Glass Half-Full 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never been so blown away by a book before. The choice of words, the cynicism, the wit and humor . . . this is not only a phenomenal story but a genuine work of art, a true masterpiece. The ability to evoke such incredibly strong emotion, whether it is hysterical laughter or inconsolable crying 'both of which I experienced here', is a rare gift. When the reader is elated with each success and devastated with every setback, well, that can only be a testament to how good a job the author has done. What astounds me even more is his choice to use his gift to help others who might fall upon similar circumstances. Sometimes long stories have stretches in them that just seem to drag . . . this book kept my interest from cover to cover. Actually, I was a whole lot more than 'interested' 'enthralled' might be a better word. His writing was able to keep me wondering what was going to happen next it kept me wanting more and more of the story, and my curiosity wasn't going to be satisfied until I'd finished it. I think that part of this was accomplished through the use of very short chapters. I believe that shorter chapters hold the reader's attention better and provide more opportunities for cliffhangers. Each time I would tell myself 'Okay, just one more chapter, then I'll go to sleep' I could just not bear to stop after the next chapter, and so one chapter became two, then three, then thirty 'so I ended up still awake at 4:30 am'. The end of each one made me thirsty for more, craving a resolution to the current crisis. And when I finished that epilogue . . . the feeling was indescribable . . . I was on such a high.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a young parent of 3 children, this book takes you through the emotional ups and downs of parenting, but most of all about life. I found myself pulling for the author throughout the story, and couldn't put the book down. There were many morals to be learned from the story that were moving to the heart. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is book which should be read by all who can read. It is not an easy book to take on but, it is truly fascinating for all who do or at least pretend to have caring feelings for others. We in the United States live in an age where the operative personal references are 'I' or 'my' and which carry over to all our day-to-day activities whether we are are bright enough to realize it or not. Further, we from a time perspective tend to think only in terms of right now at this instant. When it comes to personal problems, however, solutions are seldom, if ever, instantaneous. This book demonstrates the necessary adjustments that might have to be made if successful solutions are really desired when we are trying to help others and ourselves. When was the last time you said to someone 'tell me how you really feel' and wanted to hear the answer? Please read the book and think.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for anyone who has trouble getting in touch with his/her feelings. It comes across as a very honest outpouring of a father's inner feelings, positive as well as negative, about his daughter. Very often, it is done in a humerous way and shows that it can be healthy and therapeutic to laugh at oneself. I can honestly say that I got a lot out of this book and would hope that others may do the same.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Author Jack Rosen takes his readers on his heart-wrenching journey from darkness and despair, to hope and healing when his teenage daughter's behavior spirals out of control. There are no lengths to which this devoted father won't go in order to save Samantha from herself. A must read for parents of troubled teens at the beginning, in the midst of or at the end of their journey!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As Samantha goes through one 'adventure in experimentation' after another, you wonder if Jack, her father, will ever 'get it!' There is alot more to this story than just the rehabilitation of a troubled teen. Mr. Rosen's descriptive and somewhat self-abusive writing style kept me hooked throughout the book. It was a quick read. Well done!