Kind of lengthy, though a good read. The main character was at times a bit hard to follow, but I suppose it's just keeping with the reality of the plotline. Since we're only able to interpret the story from the perspective of the therapist, we're left curious as to what Sam (lead character) does while he's not in her office, and how far his relationships extend past his shrink's door.
I actually only read this book about half-way through, and then I decided that it was a waste of time. Although I really wanted to hear about Sammy's life on the streets, and what happened to him, and how he got back, the actually therapy sessions were way too cheesy for me to continue reading. Having never been to a therapist, I have no idea if this is how they actually are, but it made me increasingly frustrated to have to listen to the therapist when all I really wanted to do was hear Sammy talk about what had happened. I wouldn't suggest this book.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
Who in his right mind wants to talk to a shrink? I don't want to talk about anything. I don't want to feel anything, taste anything ... or anything. The lyrics "just dying to die" run around in my brain day and night...
Fifteen-year-old Sam is in pain. He comes to the therapist's office unwillingly, angry, depressed, and filled with guilt over his own self-destructive behavior. He is being drawn deeper and deeper into a black hole of despair from which he sees no way out.
The Road Back
This is the Real-life story of Sam's Recovery, told from tapes of his therapy sessions. It tells what drove him to leave home, how he survived on the street, and why he was desperate to escape from the brutality of the gang that had become his "family" and from the torment of his own self-loathing. For every teen who has experienced the pain and loneliness of a no-way-out darkness, and for all those who love them, here is the light that can lead the way back.