Top 5 Books About Divorce For Teens
I have written before about some of the best books about divorce for younger children Top 5 Kids Books About Divorce.
But while the focus is often on the younger children, this does not mean that teenagers – who go through their own hormonal and emotional turmoil at even the best of times – should be overlooked when parents decide to divorce.
Here are some of the better books available that are aimed at this particular age-group:
1. The Divorce Helpbook for Teens
by Cynthia MacGregor (Apr 1 2004)
This books strives to answer the important questions that teenagers have when their parents decide to divorce, such as why the divorce is happening, what they can expect along the way, how to communicate their needs, and who they can go to for help with difficult scenarios and transitions.
Structured with a combination of strategies, vignettes, and advice sections, this book is written with an undertone of warmth and encouragement.
2. My Parents Are Divorced Too: A Book for Kids by Kids
by Melanie Ford, Steven Ford, Annie Ford, and Jann Blackstone-Ford (Apr 1 2006)
This book is touted as being written “by kids”, and the four child/teen authors lend the benefit of their unique vantage-points and experience to the emotionally-difficult process of divorce. The book covers topics such as being caught in the middle, dealing with parents’ arguments, and how to cope with parents dating other people.
3. Now What Do I Do?: A Guide to Help Teenagers with Their Parents’ Separation or Divorce
by Lynn Cassella-Kapusinski (Apr 1 2006)
This book is in workbook format, and aims to provide structure to the jumble of feelings and fears that teens with divorcing parents face. Written in an empathic style that promotes a sense that teen readers are understood, it leads them through their thoughts and feelings of anger, loss and guilt using exercises and activities.
4. The Divorce Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Move Beyond the Break Up
by Linda Schab (Mar 1 2008)
In connection with coping with their parents’ divorce, this book concentrates on not only the emotional transition that teens must make, but also on various practical changes as well. Some sections deal specifically with feelings of grief, fear, and anger, while others deal with the day-to-day elements such as adjusting to two homes, adapting to financial changes, and avoiding being caught in the middle.
5. Keeping Your Life Together When Your Parents Pull Apart: A Teen’s Guide to Surviving Divorce
by Angela Elwell Hunt (Apr 1 2000)
This book explores the feelings that accompany the difficult and harrowing changes that teens of divorcing parents must face. Written with an attitude of warm and compassion, it also includes encouraging and supportive content adapted from the Bible.