Charlotte Davis was a homeless addict who dealt with her pain by cutting herself, until that no longer sufficed and she tried to commit suicide. Committed to a psychiatric facility to heal and to try and learn to deal with some of her issues, Charlie seems to be recovering slowly, but the facility is expensive and what little family she has left in the world can’t support it anymore, so she’s sent away. A friend in Arizona takes her in, but that’s only the start of her journey, as the wounds of her past are never far from the surface. She has to try and hold down a job, find a place to live, navigate romantic drama, and most importantly–not cut herself. But the stress of not having enough money and of bad relationships with damaged people push her to the edge. Can she survive, or is Charlie too wounded to allow herself to heal?
By Vera| 2015-12-24T11:02:50+00:00 December 24th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Depression & Mental Illness, Emotions & Feelings, For Teens, Friendships, Gift Ideas, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: depression, emotions & feelings, Friendships, mental illness, Romance, teen books, YA fiction|3 Comments
What does it mean to be normal? At what point can we stop hiding our true selves to allow others to know our idiosyncrasies? Can we keep our friends once they know we are not perfect? Tamara Ireland Stone addresses these and many more teen angst (or ‘life angst’) questions in her lovely novel Every Last Word.
Samantha (Sam) McCallister is your standard sixteen year old, on the surface. To the casual observer in the school hallway or cafeteria, Samantha is popular, pulled together, appropriately funny, a member of the elite Crazy-8s, and is someone to envy. Sam knows different. The Samantha she presents to the world is like a costume worn throughout the school year. In the summertime, away from the Crazy-8s, Sam is relaxed, in control, and self-assured. Amongst her
By Vera| 2016-05-31T09:07:41+00:00 December 5th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Coming of Age, Emotions & Feelings, Family, For Teens, Gift Ideas, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: coming of age, emotions & feelings, family, Romance, social issues, teen books, YA fiction|6 Comments
Emmy & Oliver is a coming of age novel about first love, family, and true friendships. The simple cover draws the reader in and shows that a fancy and artistic cover is not required–sometimes a simple font is enough.
Emmy’s best friend Oliver reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to renew her friendship with Oliver, however, things aren’t as easy as they seem. Emmy is a bit of a rebellious heroine except on the sly. She has a love for surfing but her parents seem unwilling to let her grow up after Oliver’s kidnapping. Naturally, kidnapping incidents create a sense of chaos in the community and they live in fear that something might happen to Emmy as well. Readers get clear glimpses into Emmy’s sheltered life and those with smothering parents are
By Vera| 2016-05-31T09:07:40+00:00 September 13th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: dating & sex, emotions & feelings, family, Romance, social issues, teen books, YA fiction|2 Comments
Sarah lives in the shadows of her beautiful ballerina sister, Scarlett. In her family, Sarah’s nickname is “Bean” while her sister is seen as the adventurous and popular one. Her boyfriend Tucker ends his relationship with Sarah because she doesn’t have any other interests besides science. Apparently, Sarah is now too boring for his “changing” personality. Heartbroken, Sarah is left to wonder about her self worth and confidence. But after some time, she comes up with a plan–she decides to pass herself as someone older, someone like Scarlett. She calls it “The Scarlett Experiment”.
While spending the summer in Cape Cod, Sarah takes it upon herself to dress in Scarlett’s clothes. She also meets a college guy named Andrew. Sarah believes he sees her like Scarlett–fun, outgoing and ready to have fun–and soon a romance
By Vera| 2016-05-31T09:07:40+00:00 June 6th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Depression & Mental Illness, Emotions & Feelings, Friendships, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: depression, Friendships, mental illness, self-mutilation, social issues, teen books, YA fiction|3 Comments
In the next 72 hours, Kenna may lose everything—her friends, her freedom, and maybe even herself. One kiss of the blade was all it took to get her sent to the psych ward for 72 hours. There she will face her addiction to cutting, though the outcome is far from certain.
When fifteen-year-old Kenna is found cutting herself in the school bathroom, she is sent to a facility for a mandatory psychiatric watch. There Kenna meets other kids like her—her roommate, Donya, who’s there for her fifth time; the birdlike Skylar; and Jag, a boy cute enough to make her forget her problems …for a moment.
Reviewed by Benish Khan
Kiss of Broken Glass is Madeleine Kuderick’s debut novel about sensitive topics like self-harm, cutting and depression. Kuderick does explore some different aspects of cutting