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16 03, 2017

Review: Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

By | March 16th, 2017|Categories: Children's Books, Depression & Mental Illness, Emotions & Feelings, Physical & Emotional Abuse, Social Issues, Suicide, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |4 Comments

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girl in pieces book coverReviewed by Alexander Morrison

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?

29 10, 2015

Review: Paperweight by Meg Haston

By | October 29th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Depression & Mental Illness, Friendships, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Suicide, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |6 Comments

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paperweight book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

Stevie is a 16-year-old who feels trapped at an eating disorder treatment center–she has been there ever since she was involuntary admitted by her father. The treatment is supposed to last 60 days but Stevie has plans of her own. On the 27th day, – the anniversary of her brother Joshua’s death – she plans to escape and end her life so that she can join him. It’s the only way she feels her brother will forgive her, and the only way she can forgive herself.

The premise of Paperweight is fantastic, the title is interesting, and the cover is beautiful. The presentation itself is appealing but the book didn’t completely live up to my expectations.

The book overall is quite dense, told mainly in monologue and with no real sense of action. The constant flashbacks often abruptly take readers from present to past and

12 10, 2015

Review: Not After Everything by Michelle Levy

By | October 12th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Family, Love & Romance, Physical & Emotional Abuse, Social Issues, Suicide, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

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not after everything book coverReviewed by Carrie Ardoin

First things first, this review will come with a TRIGGER WARNING because of the themes of suicide, child and animal abuse, and other sensitive topics. Not After Everything is not light reading, and it’s not something that will put you in a great mood.

Tyler Blackwell’s perfect-from-the-outside life came crashing down the summer before his senior year, when his mother committed suicide. No one knew that Tyler’s alcoholic father had been abusing both Tyler and his mother for as long as he could remember, and that the beatings had gotten so bad that his mom saw no other way out but to kill herself. Tyler, who had been a football star, girl magnet, and amazing student, saw all that go away when he found his mother in the bathtub bleeding out.

As Tyler starts his senior year,