• Danny's Mom

  • A Novel
  • By: Elaine Wolf
  • Narrated by: Lameece Issaq
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (359 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A bully primed for battle. A high school ready to explode. A must-listen for every parent. "You think only students have to deal with backstabbing and bullying in high school? Think again. Wolf's heroine, a high school guidance counselor, fights back." (The Denver Post) Friday Night Lights meets Ordinary People when Beth Maller returns to her job as a high school guidance counselor shortly after her teenage son Danny is killed in a car accident. Now back at work, Beth rails against the everyday injustices she had overlooked until her world cracked open. Her new circumstances cause Beth to become a major player in the moral battles being waged at Meadow Brook High - where homophobia snakes through the halls, administrators cling to don't-rock-the-boat policies, and mean girls practice bullying as if it were a sport. While Beth struggles to find her "new normal", she learns to speak out, risking her career, her marriage, and the very life she's embraced.

Danny's Mom illustrates what really goes on behind the closed doors of our schools from the perspective of the adults who are charged with keeping our children safe. It's a powerful novel that will appeal to all readers, especially parents, everyone who works in schools, and the LGBT community.

©2012 Elaine Wolf (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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unrealistic dialogue

Principal making a big deal about a counselor being out of school a couple of weeks after her son died over minial paperwork? Yeah right....
An OBGYN saying, "I don't need to remind you, you've already had two miscarriages, we aren't going for a third are we?" Totally unrealistic and dare I say lazy writing. Take some time to develop characters and the storyline.

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Horrible story - don’t waste your time

I listen to many books on Audible and I feel this was most likely one of the worsts I’ve ever heard.
Very weak plot, one- dimensional characters, so-so narrator.
Many flaws.
Disappointed that I wasted so many hours on it wishing that something intriguing or believable would happen.
Too bad.

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A little bit of overkill goes a long way.

School administrators are portrayed here as being more threatening than the school bullies, saying words that, even in 2012, would have been grounds for serious harassment charges.

The unrealistic caricatures that populate this novel unfortunately ruined it for me. In this fictional high school, men repeatedly get away with ridiculing and threatening women while managing a cover-up. Every parent is stupid or disinterested, and the catch-22 of "I can't tell you so you can help because you can't help even though you know and have authority", was taken too far.

I fully know that there have been kids who died from being bullied, but it didn't follow that I could step into this crazy set-up and sufficiently conquer my incredulity to participate in the plot and connect with them.

For all that we need responses to bullying and bashing from every quarter, for me, this shallow treatment didn't work.

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Insulting!

I could not finish this book due too the extremely insulting representation on school administration and counselors. If a student is in need of emotional support or protection from physical violence & assault, there is no way that the “villain” administration would allow 3/4 of what happens in this book. I thought this was going to be a sentimental read about redemption after a loss of a child, but it was simply a fictional and degrading representation of the educational support system. So sad!

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Atrocious

Every review on here is completely correct on how HORRIBLY written and developed this story is. DO. NOT. WASTE. YOUR. TIME. !!!!!

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I gave up on this book.

I don’t like leaving bad reviews, but I got 1.30 hrs in and picked a new book and will remove it from my device. I have no idea where the story was going, but it was monotonous. I’m sorry.

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No you don't know !!!

Very good story, A story that made my heart cry. I've been there. it was a great book.

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Don’t bother!

The review before me says it well, this book is not only overkill but the ending is so lame!! Why did this even get published. A total waste of 6+ hrs. I have four kids in public school so, don’t think I’m out of the loop when it comes to bullying, but this book. What a waste.

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Could not love anymore than I did!

So so so good! Absolutely gives an inside look at bullying in high schools! I’m not sure if the author is a counselor but the author definitely knew what bullying is and explained the downward spiral of a bully victim’s mentality. I felt a range of emotions listening to this and I loved every minute of it! Especially Moose❤️

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Danny's Mom

This audio book was certainly good and dealt with important issues. I became irritated with the counselor for not opening her mouth and fighting back against all the abusers. you have to fight back, especially when young people need to be protected.