The Moon is Broken is a mother’s memoir, detailing a daughter’s struggles with mental illness and drug abuse. The book begins with daughter Ann’s inability to complete her senior college year. Documenting her heartbreaking rollercoaster ride, Ms. Craig gives readers a glimpse of what it’s like to love a child so deeply and unconditionally that you’re willing to do anything to help them survive.
This was a tough book for me to read. It’s filled with such open and raw emotion; readers can’t help but be deeply affected by the story. The author holds absolutely nothing back and Ann’s story is a difficult one. She came across to me as a charming girl who had difficulty coping and turned to drugs – something that unfortunately all too often happens with teens and adolescents. One thing I would have liked – I wanted more clarity on Ann’s mental illness. Was there a diagnosis? I didn’t see one mentioned if there was.
For anyone who may be quick to say that a bit of tough love would have been the answer I would say that no one knows exactly what they’d do until they’re placed in that awful situation. Drug addiction is like any other sickness and most mothers would do anything to see their child get better.
The author is an intelligent and compelling writer. I enjoyed her writing style. Although the book deals with some serious subjects, Ms. Craig adds some bright and even funny moments along the way. The ending of The Moon is Broken is beautiful, yet undeniably painful. Be sure to have some tissues handy. I highly recommend reading it!
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton