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  • 06/2015
  • 9780692288924
  • 307 pages
  • $19.99
Growing Up Superheroes: The Extraordinary Adventures of Deihlia Nye
Diane Fraser, author
In 1983, Diane Fraser is emerging from the trauma of a violent family home life when her niece Deihlia is born with problems so severe that her prognosis is death before week’s end. Blessed with a powerful resilience and a pioneering female surgeon, Deihlia survives over 40 major surgeries, coming close to death many times. Through her humor, mischief, and appetite for life, Deihlia shows people how to live with gusto and maneuver around obstacles – self created or otherwise. Like the superhero characters she loves, Deihlia undergoes major physical transformations, brushes with the law, and experiences magic, danger, and changes of identity. Growing along with her, “Auntie” Diane helps Deihlia live an independent life, and comes to understand just how much her own will and attitude influence her reality. Growing Up Superheroes is the unforgettable true story of Deihlia Nye, the girl whose grasp of death pushed her to fly beyond her limits, taking others along with her who are brave enough to rise to the challenge.
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I just finished this book a few minutes ago and must say, it left me in a state of emotional upheaval. How a child...starting from the moment of birth...can endure so much is almost unfathomable. The physical and emotional investment in helping this young woman cheat death over and over again is clearly something that is life-changing...and I don't mean that in the bumper-sticker way it is used today but instead, a true transformation that must touch each person at the deepest and most intimate level of life. It makes the ending so much more bitter...and so much more powerful. Unlike the happy endings of Hollywood, this story turns tragic just at the moment you begin to think the worst is over...I was waiting for her to find true love, settle into a rewarding relationship and continue to grow into whatever life held next. Only she didn't. This isn't the movies but rather real life...so very real that it left my heart aching for everyone involved.

As a side note, this book would be an awesome reading list title for those who work with teens - especially for sensitivity training and increased awareness for a variety of situations encountered by today's students (disability, illness, mental health, alternative lifestyle etc). It is frank, earnest yet always tasteful. The writing style is fast paced but allows the reader insight into the true nature, hopes, dreams and even foolishness of the characters...who are real people through and though.

There are many people who feel special because they once beat the odds...and in many ways it is easy to assign meaning to a one time event that eventually fades into a memory. It is quite another thing to be faced with overwhelming odds again and again and again. It is hard to find meaning in that type of repeated suffering, fear, uncertainty...it is almost unfathomable to be forced to make the decisions this family had to make over and over again and equally mind-numbing to find the strength of this young woman to lead a relatively normal life in the face of so many challenges. There is a great lesson to be learned here but I admit, even at my age, it is a lesson I've yet to come to terms with half as well as this young lady managed to do. Complimentary copy provided for evaluation purposes.

Halfstack Magazine

"If you're looking for a coming of age memoir full of passion and hope, Diane Fraser's memoir will keep you on your toes." - Jennifer Oquendo, Halfstack Magazine

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 06/2015
  • 9780692288924
  • 307 pages
  • $19.99

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