He Never Liked Cake

On a balmy Tuesday during the summer after ninth grade, a car accident on a rain slicked highway flipped Janna s safe and happy world upside down, and her adolescence dissolved into a summer of restraining belts, feeding tubes, therapy schedules, and chicken salad sandwiches from the hospital cafeteria Since the that day, Janna s life has been a navigation through the ineOn a balmy Tuesday during the summer after ninth grade, a car accident on a rain slicked highway flipped Janna s safe and happy world upside down, and her adolescence dissolved into a summer of restraining belts, feeding tubes, therapy schedules, and chicken salad sandwiches from the hospital cafeteria Since the that day, Janna s life has been a navigation through the inescapable struggles of her father s brain injury, a study of her mother s resilience and unconditional love, and a challenge to find her own identity and acceptance as an adult Brain injury is insidious It s tricky and tiresome For those asked to love and support a TBI survivor, the struggles are deeply personal and often unresolved, and the victim s recovery is repeatedly thwarted by insurmountable obstacles, along with the battles fought with insurance companies for proper patient care and effective treatment Janna Leyde s coming of age memoir encompasses the acute and lasting effects of TBI on both survivors and their loved ones He Never Liked Cake is for children who feel the weight of life crashing down, for families who fight for the new normal, for survivors who fail to see how life is different and, for everyone, this is a story about how to embrace life when it doesn t work out the way we had it planned.
He Never Liked Cake On a balmy Tuesday during the summer after ninth grade a car accident on a rain slicked highway flipped Janna s safe and happy world upside down and her adolescence dissolved into a summer of restra

  • Title: He Never Liked Cake
  • Author: Janna Leyde
  • ISBN: 9781452568263
  • Page: 464
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “He Never Liked Cake”

    1. Heartbreakingly real. Janna takes the reader on a journey through the loss of her beloved father who suffers a traumatic brain injury when she is a young teen, and is never the same father she remembers. Her struggle to breathe with a mountain of grief pressing on her chest, the love and admiration she feels for her mother for being a tower of strength, and the way she always tried to be the perfect child made my throat close up and tears fall before I even knew it was happening. Janna is an inc [...]

    2. Janna's honesty with her story is beautiful. As a reader you are drawn her to her hurt, fears, confusion, denial, acceptance and love. The telling of her journey is real and honest. I highly recommend reading it.

    3. Powerful. Knowing the author personally as my yoga teacher and yoga business owner, I felt like a Peeping Tom reading this book! It just reinforces the notion that you really never know what any given person has gone through in their life, so never make any assumptions. While painful to go through the journey with Janna and her mother, I am sure she is a stronger and certainly more empathetic person for it. I also was so taken by the fact that her father actually was pretty self aware even with [...]

    4. A great book about the lasting effects of TBI and how merely surviving the accident doesn't guarantee a happily ever after. It was also a story about growing up and moving onward from a small town. I especially enjoyed the evolution of the author's fashion choices from Fashion Bug to Levi's Silver Tab jeans to espadrilles.

    5. This is a great read, even if you don't know anyone with a traumatic brain injury. It's required reading, if you do. Janna Leyde takes you into her world, a girl growing up, finding her own way in life and as a daughter, as she and her family deal with extraordinary circumstances.

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