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Cruel to Be Kind is the true story of Max, age six. He is fostered by Cathy while his mother is in hospital with complications from type 2 diabetes.

Fostering Max gets off to a bad start when his mother, Caz, complains and threatens Cathy even before Max has moved in. Cathy and her family are shocked when they first meet Max. But his social worker isn't the only one in denial; his whole family are, too.

©2017 Cathy Glass (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Love these books

The only downside is that the reader has such a beautiful soothing voice I was so relaxed I fell asleep. But I love Cathy's work.

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such a great listen

love cathys books, working my way through them from start to finish and really enjoying each and everyone

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  • Kevster
  • 15-06-2018

simple interesting. honest.

The performance was fabulous. The story is interesting. it's a good read that will tug at your heart. very enlightening about obesity and fostering children.

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  • Joy
  • 18-01-2018

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Cathy Glass is an inspiration. She is a miracle worked in the life of these kids and alot of time the parents of the kids she cares for. I never expected this story to end like it did but sad as it was the kids were and will be okay thanks to her and other kind ppl like her.

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  • Randi shelton
  • 08-09-2017

Excellent and very timely

Another excellent book by Cathy Glass!

It's a very well-written and timely story about a little boy who is morbidly obese and his family. Max comes to live with Cathy and her family when his mother is hospitalized with complications from type II diabetes. Cathy's fostering of Max gets off to a bad start when she receives a threatening phone call from Max's mother before his arrival. No one mentions Max's obesity, and Cathy and her family are understandably shocked when they meet Max for the first time. The social worker refuses to acknowlege it, and when Cathy proposes small changes, she's told to leave things as they are. It's not until he has a medical appointment as part of the precess of coming into care, that Cathy is given the go ahead to help Max to begin to lose weight and thus live a more normal life- something he wants for himself.

As the story progresses, the rest of the family gradually warms to Cathy and accepts what she's doing for Max. His three sisters, who also struggle with obesity, also try the program Max is using.

As the book goes on, we learn about Max's mother's terrible childhood and come to understand why she's the way she is -- angry, distant, and we learn why she withholds affection from her children. I found myself liking her and Max's three sisters and cheering them on.

As with many of the books Cathy Glass has written, this one will stay with me for a long time. Sadly, childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions here in the U.S. as well. Thank you for sharing Max's story with us, ands always telling it so well.

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  • Marcia B.
  • 15-09-2017

Good foster care story with gripping tale

Cathy Glass tells of a challenging foster care story in England. She takes on an intellectual young boy who is obese and has a mother resistant to changing his situation. The troubles of the family interfere with Cathy's attempts to help the boy in many ways. An interesting riveting read. Recommended.

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  • CAROL ANN G.
  • 23-10-2020

Well Done Cathy

I’ve read all but 3 of Cathy Glass’s novels about her fostering experiences. This is one of the best stories yet.

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  • Mayra N.
  • 16-02-2020

As always very entertaining

I love cathy glass and her books. It is always amazing to see the journey she foes thru with her foster kids. This is one of the stories I'm happy to know ends so well.

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  • Angelina
  • 12-09-2019

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I chose this rating, because all of Cathy Glasses books are EXCELANT!!!!!!!! I love this book, because once again, it shows what a wonderful foster carer she is and the compassion she has.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-07-2019

very good book brings you in !!

great listen story makes you feel as of you are in the room with the characters. cathy glass is amazong as always

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  • Aubrey
  • 16-05-2018

a delight as always

cathy is my hero another great one for the books she tells her stories in a way you just can't put down

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  • Susie
  • 29-09-2017

Could not put it down

Enjoyed it. Max story interested me. Glad did so well. Want to read more of Cathy Glass books and see how Max and his sisters and family do.

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  • MissD
  • 26-06-2019

A bit boring compared to others.

Read about 7 Cathy Glass books now and this one is probably my least favourite. Not much of a story compared to the others I’ve read. Seems like it’s concentrated more on the stress foster carers and social workers are under, rather than a story surrounding a child. Fast forwarded an entire chapter because all it discussed was foster care vs social work. Wouldn’t recommend.

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  • anna abimbola
  • 22-02-2018

Heartwarming

This story was heartwarming and tragic the little boy growing up to be this grown man made me a cry

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  • Kayleigh lumsden
  • 28-02-2021

love xx

love all ur books and this is one of my favourites sad but lovely xx

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-01-2021

I enjoyed

I like the narrator, and the the story as the same as Cathy's other books, beautifully written. Not as horrifying as her other stories, this one is a lot more tame.

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  • Miss A A Bowers
  • 23-09-2020

Sad but wonderful mem5our

Such a sad, but beautifully told memoir of Cathy's fostering experience with Max.
Was very different to many others of Cathy's memoirs, of which I have read or listened to. Max's story included a touching relationship that developed with his family, a desperately sad twist but a truly lovely ending. Max getting back in contact with Cathy & her family years later which was a lovely & very different touching ending. Would thoroughly recommend reading or listening via audible.

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  • Mrs. D. Darby
  • 27-05-2020

loved it....

cathy glass is one of my favorite authors and despite the sadness in this story this is one of the most beautiful tales.

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  • chelle73
  • 20-02-2020

great read

another great story from cathy glass love her happy ever after endings and down to earth story telling

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  • Louise
  • 06-09-2019

Fantastic heart wrenching story.

Fantastically written as usual. Very thought provoking and really tugged at the heartstrings. Would highly recommend reading with a box of tissues.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-09-2019

Another gripping story

I love the books by Cathy Glass. Always well told on audible and although difficult to listen to some of the children's issue, always a joy when things go well.

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  • Annie71
  • 11-08-2019

Fantastic !!! As always

Lovely story as always from cathy. Really enjoyed listening to another wonderful heartwarming tale. Xx

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