I’ve read and reviewed some great books written by members of our blogging community, so I wanted to share them with you again in a nutshell version. Click the book covers to be taken to my full reviews.
The story is very sweet, and the book does a good job of capturing the awkward fumblings of teens discovering themselves and each other. There were definitely pieces of me in the female lead character.
This is a great pick for anyone who felt like they didn’t quite fit in during high school. Although really, did anyone feel like they fit in during high school?
The book is a story of She and her struggle with mental illness demons, told in poetic form. It covers a number of common themes that occur in mental illness, including the relentless attack of inner demons while a mask shows a very different picture to the outside world. It also touches on going through the daily routine all while faking it, hating the reflection in the mirror, and self-loathing.
Barbara tackles the taboo subject of physiological arousal during sexual assault. The body is made to respond automatically to sexual stimulation, and I can only imagine the depths of the shame that victims must experience when that occurs. Particularly being a nurse, I think it is crucial that we understand how the human body works and don’t create false expectations that aren’t consistent with anatomy and physiology.
All of the books I’ve reviewed are listed on my book reviews page.
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