Danny's Mom

Beth Maller returns to her job as a high school guidance counselor shortly after her teenage son, Danny, is killed in a car accident Beth didn t want Danny to drive that snowy night, but her husband insisted the roads were safe Beth blames him for Danny s death, and she blames herself for allowing fear of confrontation to paralyze her Now back at work, Beth rails againsBeth Maller returns to her job as a high school guidance counselor shortly after her teenage son, Danny, is killed in a car accident Beth didn t want Danny to drive that snowy night, but her husband insisted the roads were safe Beth blames him for Danny s death, and she blames herself for allowing fear of confrontation to paralyze her 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 learned to embrace.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 is a powerful novel that will appeal to all readers, especially mothers, the millions of adults who work in our schools, and the LGBTQ community.
Danny s Mom Beth Maller returns to her job as a high school guidance counselor shortly after her teenage son Danny is killed in a car accident Beth didn t want Danny to drive that snowy night but her husband i

  • Title: Danny's Mom
  • Author: Elaine Wolf
  • ISBN: 9781611456943
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Danny's Mom”

    1. The book was a super quick read - partially because the characters lacked complexity. In Danny's Mom, people are either all good or all bad - nothing inbetween exists.

    2. From the beginning pages on Danny's Mom, Elaine Wolf had me weeping into the pages, my heart feeling the exact pain that Beth Maller felt. When mothers have those gut instincts, you listen to them. Beth was talked out of hers. Because of this, she is now the mother of a child who lies within a grave. I couldn't imagine losing a child, and Elaine has captured that pain inside of Danny's Mom with utmost precision. Unfortunately, Beth doesn't just struggle from the day to day yearning for her son t [...]

    3. Description- Beth Maller returns to her job as a high school guidance counselor shortly after her teenage son, Danny, is killed in a car accident. Beth didn't want Danny to drive that snowy night, but her husband insisted the roads were safe. Beth blames him for Danny's death, and she blames herself for allowing fear of confrontation to paralyze her. Now back at work, Beth rails against the everyday injustices she had overlooked until her world cracked open. Her new circumstances cause Beth to b [...]

    4. BOOK's blurb:A compelling and timely novel about a grief-stricken mother who launches a one-woman campaign against bullying in the volatile high school where she works.Beth Maller returns to her job as a high school guidance counselor shortly after her son, Danny, is killed in a winter car accident. Beth hadn't wanted Danny to drive that snowy night, but her husband insisted the roads were safe. Beth blames him for Danny's death, and she blames herself for allowing fear of confrontation to paral [...]

    5. “Anti-bullying novelist” Elaine Wolf has done the seemingly impossible: she follows her terrific YA debut novel CAMP from earlier this year with an even more powerful anti-bullying novel, this time for adults. DANNY’S MOM is set in the early 2000s, in the aftermath of Columbine when many schools were only slowly beginning to realize the insidious causes and long-term effects of bullying, and those few professionals who took the issue seriously, such as DANNY’S MOM protagonist Beth Maller [...]

    6. I'm not sure how I felt about this book. The idea of the plot made the book sound interesting, but for me it kind of felt a bit short. To me it seemed a little bit unrealistic. I felt very bad for Beth, losing her only child and having her marriage fall apart, but I felt that most of the characters in the book were unnecessarilly mean to her. I don't really think that people would be that insensitive to a person who lost their child. I don't work in the school system but I found it hard to ident [...]

    7. “Be the change you want to see in the world.” -Mahatma GandhiWow, Wolf again writes a beautiful and heartbreaking story of loss, justice and redemption. Wolf, the anti-bullying author, tackles some very tough topics in this 5 stars novel that should be read by all. I feel that this novel with invoke change and encourage people to speak up against bullying and other injustices. I applaud Wolf and her ability to write such honest, moving and important work. Go out and get your copy today, read [...]

    8. Interesting story, but sort of unbelievable in how the teachers and school counselors were treated by the administration.If that is an accurate description of how schools are run, I don't know why anyone would teach.Why the women in this story put up with the crap they did from the administration is puzzling and infuriating.Sounded more like the 1950's than 2012.The part of the book describing the grief from losing a child and its effect on the marriage is sad. It mirrors just about every other [...]

    9. I received this book as an arc. This was a very powerful book that follows the life a school counselor after her son was killed in an accident. Not only does she have to deal with the death of her son and her crumbling marriage, but she also has to struggle with the authorities at her school about certain things that she has been told to leave alone. This book shows you what can really go on inside our schools, and how those who work in them have to struggle with doing what they know is right an [...]

    10. I was lucky enough to read this as an ARC and was not disappointed. Elaine Wolf has once again taken on the subject of bullying, but this time the setting is one of the most common places where bullying occurs: high school. In Danny's Mom, high school counselor Beth Maller no longer accepts the cruelty of bullies when she returns to work after the loss of her son. Beth not only takes on the the student bullies, but also takes on those disguised as school administrators.

    11. I'm not sure why, but for some reason this book didn't seem very believable to me. Maybe I'm too much of a Pollyanna to appreciate it. Sentence structure was also too choppy for a girl who can't event text except in full sentences. I sort of wish I had liked the book more because the premise sounded interesting to me.

    12. A very thought-provoking read about bullying, social politics, and sticking to one's principles. It also focuses on how we tend not to try to solve problems in general until they get out of hand.

    13. This is one of those books that is hard for me to review. I LOVED her book Camp and was so excited to read this book.I guess I'll give you the things I liked about this book first. I loved that it had tough subjects like the loss of a child (and how going back to work too soon is not a good idea), bullying among not only kids but adults as well, and marital discord.I loved reading about the relationship between Beth and her dad. I loved how close they were and that he was always supportive and t [...]

    14. This book was a quick read for me and the story was pretty fast paced. I'm on the fence with it because I appreciate the author writing about parents losing a child and bullying because they're such tough issues to deal with and they were handled pretty well. However, the extent of the school administrator's hatred towards Beth was just over the top for me. Yes, I know people can be ridiculously vindictive and horrible for no reason, but for someone that high up in the school system it is comple [...]

    15. This short (about 216 pages Kindle edition) tackles several difficult topics---loss of a child, homophobia, and bullying. Unfortunately, it tries to tackle too many issues in a small book and none of them gets the full treatment it deserves. Though I admire the author's decision to tackle such issue, her execution leaves a lot to be desired. The characters are not fully fleshed out, they seem wooden on the page, and their behavior is not fully explained or accounted for. I also wasn't buying the [...]

    16. I enjoyed this book by Elaine Wolf as much as I enjoyed reading her other book "Camp" a few weeks ago. I gve her the 5 star rating, not because her writing is especially exceptional but because she has chosen a difficult topic and has the courage to work on presenting to the reader. In "Danny's Mom," 16-year-old Danny is killed in a car accident. His mother does not seem to be "getting over" the loss of her only child and "moving on" as others seem to think she should. Her husband becomes more d [...]

    17. I don't normally review books, but felt I had to say something here:I've seen a fair number of reviews (on and elsewhere) that talk about how unrealistic a lot of the events and actions in the book are. While I'll admit that Wolf may have exaggerated some characters or ideas (eg: how one would treat a grieving mother), I think part of the message of this book is how that kind of incredulity on the part of teachers, parents, etc. is what creates the kind of situations that exist both in this nov [...]

    18. I did not like this book. I felt like most of the characters were completely one dimensional - the principals, the students Jen, Tina and Fred, the husband. I find it unbelievable that principals and students would get away with talking to a school employee the way Beth was talked to in the book, and that her husband would be that much of a jerk to her. When I read the description for this book, it sounded like a mom fighting bullies in her son's memory. I don't think there was any bully fightin [...]

    19. I won this book from . This book is fiction in nature but the topic is very real, bullying in schools, summer camps, and places of business. The nation has been getting better with anti-bullying legislation and policies. But children still miss school from fear of being victimized. There is still bullying in the workplace for adults also. Some schools turn a blind eye to bullying and do not put the students best interests first. The other major point in book is know what happens in your child's [...]

    20. This book wasn't horrible but it was really hard to get through. I like the idea of a book talking about bullying. Beth was really all alone in a school full of bullies. No one wanted to help people like she did because they were too afraid of the adminstration. Throughout the book I found myself rooting for her hoping she didn't give up on the few people that needed her. All of the things she was doing were for her son Danny and what he wrote about in an essay. She wanted to keep his memeory al [...]

    21. This novel was difficult for me to read because I could relate to so much of it. Beth Maller, a guidance counselor at Meadow Brooks High School, loses her son in a car accident. Grief changes Beth and how she sees everything in her life. Her marriage begins to come apart. The assistant principal bullies her and everything she does or thinks. Meanwhile, a former student is being bullied and Beth can't do anything about it because no one believes her. I wanted to just cry for her!! A thought provo [...]

    22. Elaine Wolf did it again -- what a fabulous book! I ended up reading the whole thing in one day, as I got so engrossed in the story that I didn't want to put it down. I'm so impressed by the way the author managed to take so many very difficult topics (bullying at school, bullying in the work place, losing a child, marital problems), tackle the emotions associated with all of these difficult topics, and weave it all into one compelling story. Well done!

    23. Danny's Mom by Elaine Wolf is about Beth Mauler, Danny's mom who is a guidance counselor at the high school. Danny dies in a car accident when Beth's husband lets him use the car against her wishes. After the accident, Beth's home life and her job are a mess! This book kept me turning pages. No "wow" factor, but worth your time reading.(Gerard's review)

    24. the review said it was for adults but i think i was for 12-15 year olds. professional adults do not speak this way and certainly don't manhandle children. muddled and misjudged-this novel needed a firm and lengthy edit. all animal use and reference must be banned In classroo and new teachers must have still beyond third grade. not unpleasant a book but a pointless one.

    25. I read this book in one sitting. It is a thought provoking read that shows the power struggle between teachers (who truly care about their students), administrators and students; the emotional turmoil of kids being bullied; and sheds light on how so many schools today are more concerned about how they appear to the public rather than the well-being of the students.

    26. A good story, for those who don't know the realities of the local high school it may seem a bit far fetched, but as I am in school on a weekly basis, it rings true about the kids dynamics, administration's attitudes and topics that cuase divisions in high schools. It could be seen as a cautionary tale to parents, don't forget to teach your kids tolerance or they will be in tolerant.

    27. I wanted this to be better than it was. It was a quick read, but then it's a short book. The idea of the story was good, but I found it incredibly unrealistic and the writing was juvenile. I don't believe people would actually behave or speak the way these characters did.

    28. Beth returns to her job as a guidance counselor after her son Danny is killed in a car crash. Homophobia and bullying are rampant in this school, and the administrators suck. This novel is about Beth struggling to stand up to others and find her voice. It was just okay.

    29. RefreshingA really refreshing short read. I enjoyed it to the fullest. I recommend for anyone trying to overcome anything negative in their lives. A great story about the truth of bullying in schools mixed with the grief of losing a child.

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