Raised by her grandparents when her mother chooses drugs over her daughter, Erin knows she isn't like other kids. Then her world is shaken a second time by her mother's reappearance.
Being a teenager is never easy, but just when Erin thinks she has her life on track, her mother shows up and warms her way back into Erin's life. Can an addict really ever kick the addiction? How many lives will drugs destroy?
|Publisher:||Blue Dragon Publishing, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)|
About the Author
Having grown up in an alcoholic home, she knows firsthand what it feels like to be a teenager with an addicted parent. She wants to share the effect this illness has on others.
Amy Voltaire has lived in Yorktown, Virginia her whole life. She is a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) in Toastmasters International. During her journey to become a DTM, she has written and given over sixty speeches, winning several contests in the process.
When she's not working, writing, or attending Toastmasters meetings, you'll find her watching tv with her best buddies (her dog and cat), reading a book, or going to her favorite restaurants with her son, Chase.
Amy is, in many ways, still a child at heart and therefore, loves all things magical. She loved the first Harry Potter movie so much that she went and saw it a second time by herself. She admits to having zero fashion sense, always opting for comfort over appearance, and being completely unable to walk in high-heeled shoes.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My Name is Erin, and my Mom’s an Addict by Amy Voltaire is the story of Erin Whitaker, a fifteen-year-old girl whose mother is a heroin addict. Erin went to live with her grandparents when she was five, after her mother left. When Erin got home from school one day, her mother was gone and never came back. Ten years later Erin’s mother has reentered her life. She’s finally gotten clean and wants to have a relationship with her daughter. Though reluctant, Erin allows her mother back into her life. But when she relapses, will Erin’s anger cause her to lose all the other people in her life as well? This story focuses on the effects of drug addiction, not just on the addict, but on the other people in their life, children especially but also siblings and friends and even parents-in-law. I really enjoyed reading this book. Despite the dark theme of substance abuse and drug addiction, there were bits of humor in the story. The author had an engaging writing style. And I really liked the main character, Erin. The whole book was written from her point of view, so I always knew what she was thinking and feeling and why she acted out at times. I didn’t like that Erin kept getting angry about the situation with her mother and taking it out on other people, who were not the source of her anger. But the author offered compelling motivation for her actions, and Erin worked to improve her anger-management issues. I liked the relationships portrayed in this story, especially between Erin and her best friend, Grace, and Erin and her boyfriend, George, who also acted as a good friend to her. And Erin’s grandparents did not just see caring for her as a duty. Even when she was difficult, they loved her, and they enjoyed having her living with them. Their interactions were funny and sweet. I loved the way Erin acted with Sweetie, a chihuahua poodle mix. Although the story did not have a conclusive ending, it was hopeful. I believe this story is a realistic portrayal of the realities of life for children affected by drug addiction, and even though it is a work of fiction, this book will resonate with people who are going through a similar situation.