Cruel To Be Kind is the true story of Max, aged 6. 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.
This story was both incredibly sad and uplifting. Glass’ memoirs are beautifully and honestly told, and the story is full of heartbreak and tragedy. Glass doesn’t tint the memory to give it an angle, and this honesty is difficult to hear but it isn’t all sad. The author’s ability to make a difference both physically and emotionally is what the story is about and also the reason why it should be told. She’s one of life’s angels.