Banned Books. This is one heck of a good book! As Kendra begins to trust Meghan and fall in love with her, she begins to open up and share more with people who can help her. It is clear that Rainfield has firsthand knowledge of these topics, and she handles them deftly. It could prove to be a life-saver for other young victims of abuse and self-harm. I expected a harsh, bitter rage, but instead found a warm, embracing voice.
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Shelves: young-adult This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was Summary: Kendra cuts herself to ease the terrifying fear that overwhelms her as she tries to cope with memories of the sexual abuse she endured for years. Lately, she has felt someone following her, and now threatening notes and "gifts" are appearing in her locker and bookbag.
Kendra attempts to cope with this personal horror through two things: therapy, and her artwork. Her therapist, Carolyn, is exceedingly kind, patient, and understanding. Their sessions provide a safe place for memories and emotions. Kendra is artistically gifted, and when she allows the art to flow the images are harsh and striking representations of her abuse. Her artist mother is critical, though.
She tells Kendra no one will buy that kind of artwork; she wants her to paint "happy" images people will enjoy. Kendra never shows her mother her paintings anymore. He may be forced to move his family to the suburbs, where the cost of living is lower. In fact, she may even be in love with Meghan. Kendra is tortured by constant memories of her abuse. Cutting allows the fear to bleed out.
She believes she needs to cut in order to survive. My Thoughts: Not exceptionally well-written. I predicted the identity of the abuser but certainly not the way it played out pretty early on. I totally buy that the author was writing from personal experience, because this felt like someone trying to tell her own story.
But it seemed choppy and the ending was far too rushed and far too "happily ever after". After what this family experienced, things were sorted out too quickly. This woman should have been in shock over the events she witnessed. Not realistic. At least not to me. I honestly expected a terrible, dramatic betrayal or twist at the very end. Now, I have no idea what it feels like to deal with these issues. It may be fair to say that the only people who can truly appreciate a book like this are those who have lived through something similar.
This book was dramatic, intense at times, and occasionally compelling, but for me, not enough to elevate it above mediocrity. I have no doubt it will be therapeutic for some readers, intensely touching to others.
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She completed an editing course at George Brown College in that covered proofreading, copy editing, and substantive editing. She wrote the first draft in a few short months, and then for over ten years she edited and revised the book more than forty times before it was accepted for publication by WestSide Books. Like most anthologies it contains a variety of stories. The stories ranges from the proverbial babysitter gone mad to the necrophilia fairy tale with a twist. The one thread that weaves itself through this collection of stories is teenage angst. Each story deals with an aspect of teen life, and the worst nightmares contained in that demographic come true. The vibrant vivid cover represents the contents inside the pages.
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