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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (78 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cheryl Dellasega Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781455178780
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Insightful, heartfelt, and hopeful, Surviving Ophelia is a must-read for any mother of a teenage daughter who has ever felt disappointed, alone, or afraid.

Raising a teenage girl can be overwhelming for the most important female figure in her life: her mother. From handling the often delicate situations surrounding academic performance, athletics, friendships, sexual activity, and drug and alcohol experimentation to instilling a healthy body image and providing a strong role model, mothers often feel alone in their struggle to cope with all that they must do for their daughters.

To provide the community that these women so desperately crave, Cheryl Dellasega has written Surviving Ophelia, a book of profound wisdom and compassion. Dellasega’s own story of raising her teenage daughters is punctuated by the collective experience of hundreds of other mothers from all walks of life who have been there, in the trenches, experiencing and chronicling the daily joys and trials of raising their teenage girls.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Thank you [Cheryl Dellasega] for showing mothers everywhere that we are not alone in our struggle to help our daughters. . . Surviving Ophelia is mesmerizing and the truth of its stories resonates.”

    Sue Wellman, President, The Ophelia Project

  • “This courageous book offers clear insight and direction to mothers struggling with how to help their daughters restore their future while they reclaim their own lives.”

    Carol Maxym, co-author of Teens in Turmoil

  • “[The selections] share a raw immediacy…there are lessons here that will help every mother dealing with an adolescent daughter.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “By describing her own heartbreaking experience and compiling the stories and poems of hundreds of mothers across the country, Dellasega paints a picture of lost teenage girls and their mothers’ fights to save not only their relationships, but often their daughters’ lives. The book succeeds because the mothers describe distressing times candidly and openly, not in hushed tones often used when relaying deep family issues.”

    Amazon.com Review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 sarah | 10/28/2013

    " recommend for all moms of teen aged girls "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorelai | 8/27/2013

    " A fabulous book for educators! Especially those who work with teenage girls or have a teenage daughter... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 6/29/2013

    " Didn't finish reading this for two reasons. First, the book was extremely sad but didn't offer much in the way of guidance, hope, or learnings. Second, the personal stories presented by different mothers did not seem to illustrate their intended points very well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Uma | 11/24/2012

    " an interesting change in perspective "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evie | 11/10/2012

    " I give this to some of my parents - they then breathe a sigh of relief that what they are facing with their adolescent girl, though emotionally wrenching, could be so much worse. A compendium of "worse case scenarios" of adolescent angst. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 6/8/2012

    " I was hoping for more helpful information. It was really just a book of collections of mothers venting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 2/17/2012

    " As the mother of an Autistic daughter in the beginning stages of puberty, this book gives me hope that I will be able to weather the teen years with her, that my fears of how she will come through those years knowing she is different, are perfectly normal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Moore | 1/20/2012

    " Great book. Every mom should read this book if they have a girl. If I have a girl, I am reading it again and then crying about the long road I have ahead of me... 20 years isn't that long is it?? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 12/28/2011

    " Interesting read, but left me feeling so, so sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Furness | 9/19/2011

    " Not as striking as "Reviving Ophelia," of course, but I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 6/12/2011

    " For any parent/individual who deals with a teenage girl(s). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 4/27/2011

    " Didn't finish reading this for two reasons. First, the book was extremely sad but didn't offer much in the way of guidance, hope, or learnings. Second, the personal stories presented by different mothers did not seem to illustrate their intended points very well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 10/4/2010

    " Interesting read, but left me feeling so, so sad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 6/3/2010

    " I was hoping for more helpful information. It was really just a book of collections of mothers venting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 11/21/2009

    " As the mother of an Autistic daughter in the beginning stages of puberty, this book gives me hope that I will be able to weather the teen years with her, that my fears of how she will come through those years knowing she is different, are perfectly normal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 9/1/2009

    " Great book. Every mom should read this book if they have a girl. If I have a girl, I am reading it again and then crying about the long road I have ahead of me... 20 years isn't that long is it?? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorelai | 2/17/2009

    " A fabulous book for educators! Especially those who work with teenage girls or have a teenage daughter... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evie | 11/8/2008

    " I give this to some of my parents - they then breathe a sigh of relief that what they are facing with their adolescent girl, though emotionally wrenching, could be so much worse. A compendium of "worse case scenarios" of adolescent angst. "

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About the Author
Author Cheryl Dellasega

Cheryl Dellasega, PhD, is the author of five nonfiction books on issues affecting women and, as the founder of Club and Camp Ophelia, has helped diverse groups of girls confront and overcome relational aggression. She is a professor of humanities in the College of Medicine and professor of women’s studies at Penn State and lives in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

About the Narrator

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. With over four hundred titles to her credit, her narration spans nearly every genre, from nonfiction to mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and children’s fiction. AudioFile magazine says, “Marguerite Gavin…has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.”