In many ways, Kristen Elliott is a normal, seventeen-year-old girl. Kristen loves her family. She works hard academically, and tries to please her mother. She takes on the additional responsibility of caring for her twin siblings, Nick and Alison. She idealizes her best friend, Lexus, who not only seems to lead the perfect life, but also catches the attention of John, the boy Kristen secretly loves. However, as is the case with many teenagers, Kristen feels frustrated, isolated, and confused.
In other ways, Kristen is not like other kids her age. She knows something is wrong with her. Kristen feels like an utter failure. She is unable to please her abrasive mother, and scared to confront Jack, her abusive stepfather. She is also unable to protect Nick from Jack, making her fell all the more helpless. Adding to her problems, she knows she will never be as beautiful as her best friend Lexus. Kristen finds solace in self-injury, and the company of Mr. Sharp, her imaginary friend who encourages her feelings of self-loathing.
After a failed suicide attempt, Kristen is placed in the Bent Creek mental hospital, where she is diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. While in the hospital, she meets a group of peers suffering with their own mental illnesses, and a compassionate staff of doctors and counselors. From there, Kristen begins her journey to survival. She discovers the circumstances that brought her to this breaking point, struggles to understand her mental illness, and fights to be a survivor against her own worst enemy: her self-blame.
Kristen’s tale of endurance illustrates the complex illness of Borderline Personality Disorder. Readers – including those suffering from BPD and their friends and family – can glean insight into the illness from Kristen’s humanity. Her story is an example of how, if we try to push the past away, we are either doomed to repeat it or let it haunt us to our graves.
On the fourth of July, fourteen year old Dellia jammed two fingers down her throat, and threw up the slice of patriotic cake she had eaten. In the red and blue swivels of toilet water Dellia saw the cure to her curves. When Dellia turned fifteen, she found relief in the stream of blood that streamed down her skin after she slit her wrist for the first time. Now at sixteen, Dellia refuses to eat, and she will punch anyone in the face if they pry into her business. Unattractive, ravenous, and rude, Dellia has managed to turn herself into any story’s antagonist. Despite all this, Dellia Sanchez finds herself in the starring role of her own romantic comedy when she develops her first real crush. In one unfortunate moment of weakness, Dellia’s teenage tragedy morphs into the cheesy fantasy she had always feared.
After she’s caught in the school bathroom cutting herself with the blade from a pencil sharpener, fifteen-year-old Kenna is put under mandatory psychiatric watch. She has seventy-two hours to face her addiction, deal with rejection, and find a shred of hope.
An infant left in the trash to die. A teenage mother who never knew she was pregnant . . .
Before That Morning, these were the words most often used to describe straight-A student and star soccer player Devon Davenport: responsible, hardworking, mature. But all that changes when the police find Devon home sick from school as they investigate the case of an abandoned baby. Soon the connection is made. Devon has just given birth; the baby in the trash is hers. After That Morning, there's only one way to define Devon: attempted murderer.
And yet gifted author Amy Efaw does the impossible. She turns Devon into an empathetic character, a girl who was in such deep denial that she refused to believe she was pregnant. Through airtight writing and fast-paced, gripping storytelling, Ms. Efaw takes the reader on Devon's unforgettable journey toward clarity, acceptance, and redemption.
Karma, one of the girls in the juvenile detention center, cuts herself.
Thanks to her offbeat mother, Shade’s full name is Galactic Shade Griffin. Having a name like that while being the new girl in school is pretty much catnip for bullies. The summer before Shade’s junior year of high school, her mother breaks up with yet another boyfriend and moves them once again to a new town.
This time, they move into a dilapidated old house where Shade has an entire attic bedroom to herself—at least until she discovers it’s haunted by the ghost of a teenaged boy named Brandon Yates. When Shade’s best friend goes missing, her life becomes even more complicated. With the help of Brandon who’s struggling with his own issues in the world beyond, Shade faces the question of whether or not she has what it takes to become a true hero.
Although this novel deals with a number of serious issues—drug and alcohol abuse, cutting, and disturbing world events—it’s primarily a novel about a teenaged girl finding out who she really is and that she’s capable of so much more than she ever thought possible.
Skye wants what all teenagers want–to survive high school. She lives in Southern California, though, which is making that difficult. Her mother has fallen victim to the pseudo-New Age culture and insists on dragging her to consciousness-raising workshops and hypnotists. As if this weren’t difficult enough, Skye falls in love with Jessica, a troubled gothic punk girl who cuts herself regularly with sharp objects. When she finds her boyfriend having sex with Jessica in a bathroom stall at a rave, her romantic illusions collapse and she has to face the fact that she’s been running away from her mother’s insanity. Right when things look their worst though, Skye is helped by Mol, a pagan who becomes her true friend, and Lorri, a graceful volelyball player with whom she finds real love. From them she learns how to feel authentic emotions in a culture of poseurs and New Age charlatans. In this anti-coming-of-age novel, where growing up is irrelevant, this is the best gift of all.
****This book is appropriate for ages 18+ and involves strong topics including emotional abuse and cutting.***
Fear, obedience, an extension of her abusive parents. That is all Perry has ever known. Now she is starting college and is miles away from her family and nestled into a supportive group of friends. She has her first taste of freedom and it gives her hope.
But her parents, although miles away, are still very much tethered to Perry. Perry battles with this abuse externally and internally and is finding out that the insults, control, and daily belittling…was not “because her parents loved her and wanted the best for her.” But will this discovery be enough for Perry to shake off her emotional scars and allow herself to feel what real love., in a healthy relationship feels like? Is she capable to loving someone back that way when she has not had an example to follow? Find out in Book One of the J+P series.
Abandoned by her mother at a young age, seventeen-year-old Sydney Warner is always vying for attention. A thrill seeker with a penchant for extreme sports and a fascination with death, she’s brash and doesn’t take crap from anyone. Withdrawn and broody David from English class is the boy of Syd’s dreams, but love becomes just another extreme sport when Syd discovers David has cheated on her. Betrayal, isolation, and a shard of glass set Syd on a course of self-destruction. Will new friendships and her love of the stars be enough to help Syd find her way back from rock bottom?
Sometimes you have to get lost in order to be found…
Cutting breaks through my numbness, but only opens more wounds.
Depression, self-harm, bullying….that’s my reality.
Sex and guys….that’s my escape.
The space between the truth and lies is blurred leaving me torn, lost and confused. And while the monsters that live in my head try to beat me– the two men that I love try to save me.
This is my story of friendship, love, heartache, and the grueling journey that is mental-illness.
**THERAPY can be read as a standalone novel although the companion to the story, Jessica’s Journal is a great addition to the read and is available now. THERAPY Ever After, a novella will provide a continuation of the story for THERAPY lovers in the summer of 2014.
WARNING: Due to possible triggering descriptions of self-harm and some sexual situations this book is not recommended for anyone under the age of 17 years old.
Sarah is a New York City teen who cuts herself. Why? And can magic students help? Her new friendship with Goldberry, heroine of the School of the Ages books, and Simon, the series’ hero, changes her life forever.
Sara Ghost is a novelette (a long short story) in the School of the Ages series about young magicians in New York City. Set between books 3 and 4 of the School of the Ages series, it’s a moving and satisfying read.
Kelsie Sullivan’s life has changed forever. The once outgoing cheerleader has a secret to hide. The car accident that killed her best friend Jenna? She caused it.
With an absent father and unforgiving stepmother, Kelsie has nowhere to turn. She manages her guilt and grief with razor blades. The fleeting release she experiences becomes an obsession and soon she’s unable to hide it any longer. Once her cutting is revealed, Kelsie’s parents enroll her in a Wilderness Therapy program designed to rehabilitate troubled teens, but North Carolina is a world away from California.
Kelsie fights against everything the program has to offer until she befriends JC, a boy with a tortured past of his own. He’s also the only one who is able to ease her pain. The two grow close, but quickly discover that nature—both human and otherwise—can easily rip them apart.
In life when one thing goes wrong, it can feel like everything goes wrong. Secrets come to the surface while friendships twist out of control, romantic relationships end, and even a dear loved one can die!
In Silenced: The Overtaking Amber’s life turns to chaos when she finds out Sarah, her childhood friend dies suddenly, her stepfather reveals another devastating family secret, and her boyfriend begins pushing her away.
After all the truth comes out, Amber turns to her darkness for comfort when her worst fear becomes reality. Her secret with cutting is discovered when she loses control and ends up in the hospital. Amber’s long journey to recovery begins with a battle. While she’s fighting her way to freedom, she discovers the one love she’s been missing her entire life.
Will Amber overtake her darkness of cutting or will the darkness overtake her?
Amber Brown spent her entire existence believing Dave was her father. When her mother reveals this is untrue, she goes through an emotional spiral with depression. It’s hard for her to believe her mother had lied to her all this time.
A move to a new home and town causes Amber to be consumed by her “darkness” and reverts to cutting to free herself from her pain.
When Casey, her new friend enters her life, she introduces Amber to parties, drugs, and Amber’s new boyfriend Landon. The secret of cutting begins to take affect on Amber as she tries to hide it from her friends and family. In the midst of everything, Amber has the desire to find out who her biological father is.
Follow Amber through her trials of depression and cutting, along with the discovery of love.
“Always remember that you are unique. Just like everyone else.”
Abigail Evans, transition-year student – a typical neurotic teenager or does she have a real problem?
When she feels empty and to combat the blahness, she buys stuff she doesn’t really need or want. Well, if she doesn’t do that then she has to cut herself with razor-blades that leave ugly red scars along the inside of her arm. Then she has to wear long sleeves until the scabs fall off.
But why does she cut herself? She’s not from a dysfunctional family, hasn’t had a horrible childhood experience, and she has friends: Leanne – sarcastic and bitchy, Tina – always on a diet, Karen – fits in everywhere.
They all drive her mad.
They are stereotypical teenagers. How boring!
So is it all just melodramatic teen angst or is Abi seriously screwed up, and no one is listening?
Raven is a deeply disturbed teenager, who, after witnessing the death of his mother, is placed in foster care. The Russells do their best to earn his trust, but only little Ella manages to get through to him. Meanwhile, at school, bullies are making his life a living hell. An unexpected companion comes in the form of Lotte, a classmate bored by her ‘ordinary’ friends. Together, they track down Raven’s mum’s killer, with the goal of exposing him to the police. But their carefully crafted plan goes dangerously wrong and suddenly nothing is as it seems. Everything is falling apart and, ultimately, there is only one, final way out. (from Goodreads.com)
About halfway through the book, it is revealed that the main character self-harms and describes him doing it.
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