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12 March 2011

Coping with Chloe by Rosalie Warren

Coping with Chloe tells the story of how Anna copes with the tragic death of her twin sister. But that’s a very simple explanation. To me it highlighted the impact on a number of people when tragedy strikes – parents, siblings and friends. That ripple effect could be seen through the breakdown of her parents’ marriage, animosity at school and of course, through Anna’s own emotional turmoil.

But this isn’t a book full of dark days. Anna’s tale is one of hope and it eloquently demonstrates how the grieving process works – at its own pace and very differently within each person affected.

When I first decided to read this book I wondered how I would appreciate it. My teenage years are in the distant past. But it’s a very intelligent book. It doesn’t patronise children and it doesn’t avoid the serious issues of life and death.

I found it immensely moving and one of the most satisfying books I can remember reading. As well as young teenagers, it should be read by anyone who has an interest in how we all need support and understanding.

Writing as an adult for a teenager requires skill and the author must also have a special gift. Not just the gift of being able to write an interesting tale, but also of understanding how insecure and vulnerable we all were in our younger years – and perhaps still are. Rosalie Warren has written a book of importance. Don’t label it children’s fiction. It’s a brilliant read.

Available from Amazon: Coping with Chloe