Letter to my Daughter is, just as the name implies, a long letter from Laura to her daughter Liz. Liz has run away from home after fighting with her parents, and Laura is anxiously waiting for her to come home. She spends a lot of time composing a long letter to Liz. As is common with mothers and teenage daughters, there is a great divide between Laura and Liz–one that seems impassable. Neither of them ever say the right thing and every conversation ends in argument, so Laura instead takes the time to explain all her feelings to Liz in the letter.
You know how, as teenagers, we always swear we’ll never turn out like our own mom? Such was Laura’s promise as a teenager. After being caught by her parents with a local boy in high school, she was sent away to a Catholic boarding school. Despite her deep feelings for her high school boyfriend, her parents refuse to discuss the issue with her, instead alientating themselves even more from their own daughter.
Laura is able to do on paper what she can’t do in real life–connect with Liz. We have all been teenagers once, and kids need to know that their parents know what they’re going through and have, at one point, lived through the same type of situations.
I, for one, always thought my mom was out to get me when I was a teenager. I could never understand that every punishment or guideline was coming only from her love for me. Since then, I have realized that I will very likely be a similar parent. So if you were ever a teenager, especially one that butted heads with your mother, I think you’ll realte very well to this book. It is an important reminder to be open with your kids before it is too late and your relationship spirals out of control.
I borrowed this book from my local library.