What about me?
Read Kate Figes' blog about mothers and teenage daughters
Kate Figes has written seven books, two fiction and five non-fiction, all concerned with the inner workings of family life.
Her books about relationships with teenagers have struck a chord with many parents grappling with the dilemmas this stage of parenting presents.
What About Me? The Diaries and Emails of a Menopausal Mother and her Teenage Daughter reveals two very different sides to the story of one year between Frankie's 14th and 15th birthday. Sue, Frankie's mother, is a GP finding it hard to balance a demanding practice with family life, two children, a wayward husband, ageing mother and an unexpected late pregnancy. Is it any wonder that she fails to notice or understand the turmoil of Frankie's adolescence?
The sequel - What About Me, Too? - introduces the voice of Frankie's younger sister, Ruby, creating an almost kaleidoscopic view of the hilarities and confusion of one very normal family.
Sue and Frankie may be at opposite ends of the hormonal sprectrum, but they both experience similar difficulties with their sense of self, body image and relationships to men.
Author Kate Figes says:
"I wrote these two novels after years of research into adolescence for The Terrible Teens. The hard copies are now out of print, but they are still heavily borrowed by children and mums from libraries so I have turned them into ebooks."