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Reviewed by Jenna A.

“At least this chaos filled the emptiness. I longed to be void of emotions again.” – Hannah

Hannah Westberg is a 19-year-old living with boderline personality disorder. In her self named memoir, Hannah discusses growing up with and around mental illness, and brings her trials and tribulations to light.

Hannah’s story starts the readers at the very beginning, indulging us in the assorted stories of her mother, father, sisters, brother and friends. Hannah grew up not knowing normal from abstract, black from white. Her mother suffered from schizoaffective disorder, abandoning Hannah and her siblings, forcing them to live with a depressed father, and an unwanted stepmother.

Such chaos only worsened things for Hannah, and she continuously battled with drug use, suicidal thoughts and difficult relationships. In her memoir, she lets the readers in on her roller coaster of a life leading up to her rape, stints in mental wards and bouts of self mutilation.

[amazonify]0757315283[/amazonify]Well written and emotionally charged, Hannah shows us the power of truth, pain, and strength with a maturity beyond her years. The story is serious, yet the knowledge that the author has lived through this pain and has written this story for others like her to share in is extremely refreshing. I would reccommend this book to anyone who has ever loved someone with a mental illness or experience it themselves.

Jenna lives in a small town in Ohio with her fiance and cat Osiris. Along with her passion for reading and the literary world, she is also a painter, poet, fiction writer, and amateur photographer.

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Look for our review of Rae: My True Story of Fear, Anxiety, and Social Phobia on August 17th for a chance to win all 3 books in the series!

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