Bonnie Buxton- Damaged Angels (Knopf Canada 2004) 3 Stars
When Bonnie Buxton adopted Collette she had no idea what a life of struggles she had found. Collette always struggled in school, had weird mood swings, lied, stole, and even threatened to take her sister’s life with a knife. Going to doctors was useless as they blamed her parenting, even when she suspected what it was they still told her she was wrong. Finally, many years too late, Collette was diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD). This is her story.
I loved the first hundred pages or so, it was a touching story of a family trying to make it through all odds. Having worked in group homes I have seen the effects of FASD, and understand how difficult it can be to deal with them. The family is wonderful and this couple must be patted on the back for having gotten through it with some amount of sanity. That being said this book kind of tanked off in interest in the last half. It started to focus on many different people’s stories of dealing with FASD and it got to be too difficult to focus or keep track of who was who. She also gave a lot of information, which got to be kind of tedious. If the author had focused on a few stories and gave half the information it would have been much more interesting. Overall it was not a terrible book, and if you deal with FASD children you might be interesting in reading the book.
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