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A novella about a boy named Mick and his struggles with life. His parent’s divorce and a friend’s suicide make his world unbearable. Each “cut” has a deeper meaning. A cry for help.
“I spin my dad’s Ruger SP101 revolver on the wood floor of my bedroom. Sometimes, just to see what it feels like, I place the tip of the gun against my temple, but I never once pull the trigger. NO!”
“I’m more into the slice of the blade against my skin and the blood running down my arm.”
“It relieves so much pressure.”
“And I can breathe again…”
5 out of 5 (exceptional)
Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
This novella is so deserving of its full five stars. I read the blurb and I have to admit I was doubtful. It was so informative. I really recommend every school, youth group or place that looks after children or young adults, should have this book on their shelves, immediately. The subject matter is disturbing, don't get me wrong. However, it's done with such a deep understanding of the subject that I can only imagine any kid with a problem, possibly adults too, as this can affect anyone, of any age or any background. I read it and saw how easily it can be hidden. Though I have known people who have done this, so I know how true to life it is. It wasn't so long any kid given it, or adult would lose interest in a complicated story. I did gasp aloud at some points, and anyone with a beating heart in their body would do the same. I cannot say there was a favourite character in the book, as it wasn't a book that I could do that with. A minor note to the author. Wow, well done, and seriously you are an amazing book there. You have the potential to help so many kids.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
Donna M. Zadunajsky started out writing children’s books before she accomplished and published her first novel, Broken Promises, in June 2012. She then has written several more novels and her first novella, HELP ME!, which is a subject about suicide and bullying. Her third novel Family Secrets, “Secrets and Second Chances”, which is first in a series she is writing, was given a publishing contract through California Times Publishing.