Balancing Act: Memoir of a teenage breakdown (Barbara by the Bay)
Barbara Carter, author
In the 1970s, outside the town of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada, Barbara Ann is thirteen, going into grade seven and starting a new school. She wants what most other teenage girls want: the right hair, the right clothes, the right friends, the right boyfriend, and everything else that leads to love and happiness. Innocence allows Barbara Ann to believe that it’s all easily within her grasp. The only obstacle standing in her way is her over-controlling mother. She must fight and push against boundaries to gain the freedom she wants. Each step, a power struggle between mother and daughter. When Barbara Ann finally meets a boy and believes all her dreams are coming true, her life shatters in ways she never saw coming. Lost and confused, she tries regaining control, but instead keeps spiraling out of control. Anxiety and depression leads to a nervous breakdown. It is in the midst of all of this Barbara Ann learns the depths of her mother’s betrayal and the realization of just how much she’s lost, and how she will never be that same innocent girl again. Readers will be torn between understanding a mother's interference in her daughter’s life and her daughter's emotional stress caused by the mother’s interference. Readers will enter the world of a teenage girl and experience what life’s like from her point of view… experiencing anxiety, loss, grief and depression.