Depression Cookies

Fiction - Chick Lit
554 Pages
Reviewed on 01/25/2011
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Author Biography

Angela and Tia are a mother-daughter writing team. Depression Cookies is their debut novel. Both are prolific readers and writers. Angela has had numerous poems and short stories published as well as her book, Promises Seeded Inside. Tia began her writing career as a corporate technical writer. She has written and published several web-based articles on parenting.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tammy G. for Readers' Favorite

This read centers around the facets of a girl growing up and a mother who longs for more than just the mundane. Growing up can be tough and at times it seems to be too hard for those kids who feel that they don't have "roots." Such is the case of Krista. Thirteen, that "magical" age where every pimple, every hair out of place and every move makes life seem too tough.

Krista longs to be accepted and is trying to find her place in this world. Of course, teen age drama comes with girls at age thirteen. Krista feels that her two sisters get all the attention and that she comes in last...way last! She also feels that her parents are out of tune with life. How can they just pack up and move to another place when her life is just about to begin.

But Krista moves on with the family hoping that she will survive a new school and new friends. Then the mom voice comes in (to be honest at times I was slightly confused by the mom's views).

This is a lengthy book coming in at 553 pages. The gist of this read is about a girl growing up, family dynamics and a lot of views from a thirteen year-olds perspective. This book took me back to my teen years. Being a teen is never easy, this book does an excellent job expressing that sentiment.

Eileen Coleman

What a clever, creative format to express different perspectives of a mother and her teenage daughter.  Depression Cookies makes us all take another look at all of our relationships, from husbands and sisters to mothers and friends. It highlights the ties that bind and how love will keep us together through trying times.  A true labor of love for a mother and daughter to collaborate and succeed on their first novel.  Inspiring and thought provoking.  Congrats, ladies

Rachel Bachtold

I so enjoyed reading "Depression Cookies" and had a hard time putting it down! I found myself so engrossed in the characters I felt I was living in the story! I so enjoyed the contrasting views of Mother and Daughter and thought throughout the book it would have been interesting to have Bob's view! I love a book that, when done, you feel inspired and encouraged. It certainly did both. Congrats on a job well done.

Sherry Caporossi

Depression Cookies is one of the most interesting books I have ever read. It might also be the only one of its kind too. The viewpoints represented from Abby, the Mom, to Krista, the daughter offer a unique look into the inner workings of the growing pains of this family as they face the problems of living life.
While I have never experienced a daughter and will acknowledge raising girls is quite a different experience from being the parent of a boy it still brought back many forgotten memories. Some of those long past memories are wonderful while others reminded me of our own growing pains.
Truly a heartwarming book that tells story of a family whose bond is strong. A view the three sisters will carry into their adult life with their own families. The ending was a surprise and caught this reader totally off guard. The ending added depth about the growing pains previous generations lived through and which shaped their lives as they grew into adulthood.

Nancy Clark

Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes—in fact, two pairs at once. In this sharply insightful work of creative fiction, you will stride hard and fast with a mother’s daily rush of parenting three girls, coping in a family too often relocating. At the same time you will travel an identical path in the pre-teen daughter’s shoes through multiple struggles of her own. Sidestep with both women through engaging accounts of people and events along their way. At journey’s end we emerge from the family’s conflicts and comforts with a rare awareness—the value, indeed, the triumph of seeing beyond

Herta Abarr

Recently the public has enjoyed and become familiarized with entertaining new dance programs. Amazement with the intricate choreography, the lifts, pirouettes, the flashing fet, the intricate hand and eye interchanges thrust the viewer into vicarious participation, and when the breathless participants stand aglow with their accomplishments, so does the viewer.
"Depression Cookies, is a dance. The partners are a mother, stepping into new personal growth and her daughter sitting on the cusp of adolescence full of "Sturm und Drang". They interweave passionately, their steps generated by an atonal life music, a music complex with unpredictable stops and starts. Within this music and dance are actions, reactions, interactions with the other dancers on the floor; husband, the other children, all step-dancing the beat to the corporate moves they must make from city to city, school to school, house to house, tremulous certainty to convulsing uncertainty, and the background drumbeat is incessant. Their dance pulls the reader into the book and also into the innermost sanctum sanctorum of their own life dance; the book, the dance seductively relational. Want to dance?

Lane Schroeder

Cleverly crafted by mother and daughter authors, this novel of family drama is more deeply depicted through the individual voices of the two authors. Challenged by the upheaval of many corporate moves, each chapter captivates the reader with the different perspectives of the two writers who incorporate many of their own family experiences which combine to give depth and truth to this story. Interspersed with drama, suspense and creative presentation, the reader will find much to treasure in this novel long after it is read.

Sue B

An enjoyable and thought provoking read for anyone who is a mother, had a mother, has guided a girl through the challenges of adolescence or remembers her own years of teenage angst! I loved the technique that allowed us to view each situation thru the individual filters of Abby and Krista - I could laugh and cry with both of them.

Tara Carter

I truly enjoyed reading this book. Growing up is hard as is being a parent, but seeing both sides of this struggle through completely different author viewpoints is therapeutic. Every mom and daughter should sit down and read this book. Krista and Abby are so real... you care about them from the first page until the last. You will laugh and cry and wonder about these characters long after you put the book down. I absolutely recommend this book for every woman in your life.

Mindy Sawtelle

I really liked the two voices with alternating chapters format of "Depression Cookies." Both voices were so honest and yet had very unique (and somewhat differing) memories of the various events that they had both experienced. The difficult life this family was living due to the frequent moves made for a very interesting perspective since there are few families that move as much as this family did. I enjoyed the geographical descriptions of the places the family lived as well as the cultural differences to which they had to adjust when they moved to a new town. I identified with Krista's painful experiences with certain of the young girls she befriended. It is a mystery why some girls are so mean to other girls during the tween and teen years and why their parents seem to knowingly allow such bullying. This was a good story with both poignent and funny moments and a satisfying read from beginning to end.