My Friend's Got This Problem, Mr. Candler
Photographs by Michael J. Bernstein
from the book...
Parents who don't care, teachers who don't understand, a little brother who's a pest, a guy or girl who doesn't know you're alive - if you're a high school student, or know someone who is, then you know about problems like these. Maybe the person next to you in homeroom has a part-time job that leaves her too tired to study, like Cora Galloway. Your best friend's dad might be out of work, like Wayne Buford's; even with his mom working, Wayne's family is eating a lot of peanut butter sandwiches. Perhaps - like Arthur Gabriel and Roxanne DeVerona - you've asked, Does she like me? Is he the one? Or you may have wondered, as Terrance Kane does, when the pain of a breakup would go away.
Through the door of the guidance counsellor's office come Cora, Wayne, Arthur, Roxanne, and many others. Five days a week, eight periods a day, students - and some parents as well - bring Mr. Candler their, questions, problems, sorrows, triumphs, and dreams. Pull up a chair and listen, along with Mr. Candler. You may recognise some of these people as friends, as classmates...as the person you see in the mirror.
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