Between Mom and Jo

Book review by Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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age 13+

Tender tale about a boy whose moms split up.

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age 14+

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age 14+
Even though kids at school make fun of him for having two moms, Nick still manages to have a pretty happy childhood. When he turns 14, Erin and Jo decide to split up. Erin, Nick’s birthmother, insists on sole custody of her son, despite the feelings of both Nick and her now ex-partner, a recovering alcoholic, that Jo is responsible enough to care for him. Things escalate when Erin invites her new girlfriend, Kerri, to move in with them. Nick struggles with angst, depression, and rage as the tug-of-war battle ensues. In terms of plot, this is an average entry in the literary canon of bibliotherapy. The ending is a bit rushed and too easily resolved, but it may, in any case, be therapeutic for teens suffering from similar issues. Recommended for Ages 15-Up.
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Inspiring Tale

This book points out that the right way is not always immediately apparent. Jo, Mom, and Nick are all believable characters. There is a bit of iffy content about sex discussions, gay slurs, and alcoholism. Altogether, the book portrays the family so honestly that you feel like you're part of it. Wonderful book.

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For kids who love family stories

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