by Jenny Lee Wheeler
An award-winning book, written by a grieving teen for grieving teens. Jenny reassures others that, in the midst of the often unrealistic expectations of adults and peers, each teen grieves in their own way, for as long as it takes. This book would provide a good discussion tool for teen support groups and grief camps.
Teens grieve differently from adults and often get lost in the shuffle after the death of a loved one. Weird Is Normal When Teenagers Grieve is unique because it is a self-help book for grieving teens written by an actively grieving teen. Author, sixteen year old Jenny Lee Wheeler, lost her father to cancer when she was fourteen. Her book was written to validate and encourage other teens to live out their unique grieving: not only via the usual material advising teens of how others may or not actually be supportive when needed, and how to try to stay in the truth of the moment. But she also explains what she means by "grief attacks" and declares that these are part of grieving, not signs of madness. And, she proposes, also not crazy are experiencing "signs" from the deceased, though she knows others may not feel that such experiences are possible. Jenny uses her pages to support the reader in actively grieving, feeling ok in all the feelings, taking the time needed. Dr. Heidi Horsley writes in the foreword, "Teen grief is often overlooked and unacknowledged. … Jenny's journey will strike a note with teenagers everywhere who have experienced the loss of someone they love. She gives sound advice and lets them know they are not alone.”
Paperback, 110 pgs.