My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was selected as an early reviewer on NetGalley.com
As the stepmother of a “multiply special” child, Jesse Torrey’s memoir Smiles and Duct Tape hits home and it hits hard. Raising a child with so much to overcome often feels like lonely road, and often requires a quirky sense of humor to get to the finish line. People look at you funny and you say things you never thought would need to be said (most involve bodily fluids).
Reading about Torrey’s experiences is both difficult and enlightening and in spite of the painful material, I finished the book in less than a day. Whether you have a child with special needs, or you know a family in this situation, this book is a must read. Smiles and Duct Tape proves “it takes a village to raise a child,” multiply special or otherwise. Finally, Jesse Torrey’s passion for her son is phenomenal and this is by far one of the best medical/family memoirs I’ve read.