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Lauren Werthman struggles with guilt and depression. Even moving to another state and into a new home doesn't help her overcome the life-altering aftermath of losing her sister.
Memories of the tragic accident reverberate through her life as her family tries to cope, but Lauren's life spirals out of control. Her mother criticizes her choices every day, her father continues to work later and later, and people at her new school seem to know the family secret.
Lauren binge-eats, has nightmares, and doubts the existence of a God Who didn't intervene to prevent the senseless tragedy.
As Lauren's family and friends work through the pain and guilt, will they find that even though the void will always remain, the power of forgiveness brings peace and hope and a bright future, or will Lauren forever be lost to the pain and guilt?
When your own mother can’t forgive you and you can’t forgive yourself, is there any hope for future happiness? Several months after Haley’s fatal accident, Lauren’s mother can barely stand to look at the daughter who survived. And Lauren is plagued by the role she played in her sister’s death.
Lauren’s father hopes some good will come from moving what remains of their shattered family to a new town. But the family’s tragedy is too fresh and the pain too raw to be wiped away. Lauren’s mother continues to drink too much and Lauren continues to binge-eat. Several of the kids in Lauren’s new school poke fun at her weight and laugh at her panic attacks.
Still, Surviving Haley is as heartwarming as it is heartbreaking. Anyone who’s experienced guilt and remorse (and haven’t we all?) will sympathize and empathize with Lauren’s plight. But readers will also find comfort and solace as they follow Lauren on her path toward forgiveness and cheer for the few who come forward to guide her t