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Sleepwalking in Daylight

door Elizabeth Flock

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Follows the parallel paths of a mother, who wants to feel something, and her teenaged daughter, who needs to feel absolutely nothing, as they each indulge in desperate, furtive escapism.

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I loved the book, until the last few pages, which left me feeling empty and un-fulfilled. I would have expected more after everything that happens to the characters... I'm hoping there's a sequel, because the ending certainly leaves room for it. ( )
  cobygirl517 | Mar 14, 2016 |
This is a realistic drama about a family who is struggling to communicate and stay connected to each other. The story is told through the eyes of the mother, Samantha and her teenage daughter, Cameron who are both unhappy with their situation in life.
Cameron, who was adopted by Samantha and her husband when she was two years old, has conflicting feelings and feels that she doesn’t belong in this family, or anywhere. She secretly starts to look for her birth mother.
Samantha’s marriage is passionless, her relationship with Cameron is falling apart and she is bored with being a ‘stay-at-home’ Mum. Her despair leads her to be so caught up in herself that she fails to realise the extent of her daughter’s self-destructive ways.
This novel is emotionally strong and will keep you wanting to know what happens next. ( )
  Elsielew | Sep 18, 2011 |
My Synopsis:

Sleepwalking in Daylight is the story of a mother and a daughter. Samantha Friedman wonders on a daily basis if this is all there is? carpools and soccer games, errands and book club meetings. Is there more to life than living with a husband who is depressed and feels absolutely nothing and a Goth daughter who can't stand her? Sam, uses her relationship with a stranger to help her escape her everyday life. Clandestine meetings at a local coffee house and secret e-mails fill her days and her mind.

Cammy Friedman feels like an outcast. Since finding out she was adopted Cammy has gotten into wearing all black clothing and white make-up. Drawing black teardrops on her jaw and messing around with a disreputable crowd. Is there more to life than this? Being an outcast who doesn't belong at school or at home? Cammy escapes by thinking and searching for her birth mother and by smoking reefer and popping pills.

Until one day there isn't any escape for either of them.

My Thoughts:

This book caused me to shed a tear or two, which means it accomplished it's purpose. If a book can make you feel something, if it can move you in some way. Isn't that what it's all about? When I write I want to make a difference. I want to show someone something to inform them to make them think and Elizabeth Flock certainly did that for me.

I find myself identifying with Samantha. There was a time in my life that I just felt like I was going through the motions, that life was just a succession of bad days and worse nights. My children were small and I just wanted more. I wasn't the person I always dreamed I'd be. I'm glad it didn't take a drastic situation to make me see that I had to change. But, I can see how in some people's lives that defining moment happens that way.

Cammy is such a scared little girl in a teenagers body. She just wants to be loved for who she is. I wonder what my daughter thinks about. I wonder if she'll be faced with some of the hardships Cammy had to go through. I wonder if I'm doing enough? Am I asking the right questions? How well do I know her friends? Am I really aware of what's going on in her life?

This book will make you think. It make you feel something. Whether it is desperation, sadness, even a kinship with Samantha or Cammy. You won't put this one down feeling the same way you did when you picked it up.

(This book was provided by Goldberg McDuffie for review)

I give this one 4 out 5 apples from my book bag. ( )
  DLester | Aug 19, 2010 |
This novel is absolutely heartbreaking. It's such a raw portrayal of a family that is simply falling apart because everyone is living inside their own worlds, believing that they have to do it alone, only to continually time and time again have things shatter. It's another moving piece by Elizabeth Flock with a sad, yet bitterly realistic ending. ( )
  Alera | Aug 8, 2010 |
I think we all wonder if this is really our lives. At least, I know I have. So I felt like I understand Samantha when she looks around in wonder – trying to understand the world around her. She has a husband, who “feels nothing” a daughter who hates her, friends who don’t understand her, and a half-affair that she keeps on at the Starbucks, with an equally unhappy (but to me, selfish) soul.

Cammy, Samantha’s adopted daughter) is a little different story. She’s also lost, but thinks drugs and reckless sexual behavior will fix things.

I’m still trying to reach my goal of branching out on books, and this one helped me achieve that. Not the shiny happy book ending that I normally find, instead true, honest and heartbreaking. I felt like I understood both Cammy and Samantha’s plight (good character, development – I think!). ( )
  traciragas | Jun 8, 2010 |
1-5 van 11 worden getoond (volgende | toon alle)
"Sleepwalking in Daylight" is a finely wrought heartbreaker of a novel, a haunting cautionary tale. Former journalist Elizabeth Flock has a good eye for detail and a good ear for dialogue, both internal and external....And, ultimately, that's the strength of "Sleepwalking in Daylight." It's many parents' experience and nightmare at the same time, well told. There, but for the grace of God, go I.

toegevoegd door curvymommy | bewerkThe Denver Post, Robin Vidimos (Mar 22, 2009)
 
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