Sleepwalking in Daylight

Once defined by her career and independence, stay-at-home mom Samantha Friedman finds that her days have been reduced to errands, car pools and suburban gossip. What was an easy decision for Sam years ago has become a nagging awareness that this life was her choice. Now she deals with a husband who shows up for dinner but is too preoccupied for conversation, and a daughter swathed in black clothing and Goth makeup who won't talk at all. Believing she's an adopted mistake, seventeen-year-old Cammy has fallen into sex and drugs and pours herself into a journal filled with poetry and pain. On parallel paths, mother and daughter indulge in desperate, furtive escapism--for Sam, a heady affair with her supposed soul mate, fueled by clandestine coffee dates and the desire to feel something; for Cammy, a secretive search for her birth mother punctuated by pills, pot and the need to feel absolutely nothing.

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By Bekah1964 (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · March 16, 2010
I picked this book up in the airport on my way home from Washington State (way back in October 2009) and have been slowly reading it.

It was a REALLY DEPRESSING book. SO SAD. I left feeling helpless, confused, and disturbed (which meant the author did an outstanding job).

It was hard to finish, bec... ...more
By Bry (Portland, OR) · ★★☆☆☆ · April 01, 2009
I think this is the worst book I have read in a long time. It made me feel awful and it made me wonder why (much like in soap operas) people don't just say how they feel about something when it is obvious that NOT saying something has messed their lives up.

On top of that, what selfish people! An... ...more
By Laurel-Rain (Fresno, CA) · ★★★★★ · April 10, 2009
What would you do if your once spirited and independent life morphed into something gray and routine? What if your once loving daughter seemingly transmogrified into a Goth stranger – someone who is sullen and angry and uncommunicative?

This is now Samantha Friedman’s world. And her husband, the m... ...more
By Angeld01 (Chicago, IL) · ★☆☆☆☆ · August 15, 2009
Not sure what the point of this book was. Unhappy main character. Unhappy Marriage; unhappy daughter. No resolution. Thanks. Was feeling too cheerful and I needed to be taken down a notch for no good reason. ...more
By Yolanda (The United States) · ★★★★★ · March 12, 2010
I loved, loved, loved this book. It's not a happy book by any means. And it makes you sad to realize just how fucked up things are and can be. But I still really really liked it.

Yes the characters had issues and sometimes I just wanted to tell them to wake up. But you don't walk around telling th... ...more
By Mary (Topanga, CA) · ★★★★☆ · May 04, 2010
Another cautionary tale for parents and spouses--be present, nurture those you love--because life and relationships can be very fragile.

Sometimes when wounded people get together the damage multiplies. These wounded characters are mostly sympathetic, although occasionally aggravating in their se... ...more
By Emilie (Jacksonville, FL) · ★★★☆☆ · July 15, 2009
This was my first book by this author and while I wasn't blown away by it, I do want to read her other stuff. I like her writing style, if nothing else.

The thing with this book is it hit me kind of hard. It's a difficult story to read, and though I have absolutely nothing in common with the main... ...more
By Andrea (Windermere, FL) · ★★★★☆ · May 13, 2009
Elizabeth Flock tells an engaging tale about a mother/wife, Sam, and her teenage daughter, Cammy. The story is written almost as if its in a journal form. We learn all about how Sam is unhappy in her marriage and is struggling to get along with her teenage daughter. We also learn all about Cammy'... ...more
By Nicolle (Las Vegas, NV) · ★★★★★ · March 04, 2012
I loved, loved, loved this book! I could not put it down. The characters were very well developed and I related to them on many situations with a teenager. LOL I LOVED the "human factor" in this book. I love books that we as people can relate to on differant levels but all of us can say "yeah, I... ...more
By Haley (Salt Lake City, UT) · ★★★★☆ · July 29, 2011
Sleepwalking in Daylight was a book that really made me think about my future and how I want it to be. This book was very sad but for some reason I didn't ever want to put it down. I liked that it was different then most books I have read, it wasn't some sappy romance (even though I am a fan of t... ...more