Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

STAR RATING: 5/5

DATE OF PUBLICATION: August 30th, 2016

PUBLISHER: Delarcorte Press

 NUMBER OF PAGES: 416 pages

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Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

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It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

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STAR RATING: 3/5

DATE OF PUBLICATION: April 3rd, 2007 (first published in 2006)

PUBLISHER: Miramax

 NUMBER OF PAGES: 444 pages

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Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life – which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.

Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness.

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Cut by Patricia McCormick

STAR RATING: 4/5

DATE OF PUBLICATION: February 1st, 2002 (first published October 30th, 2000)

PUBLISHER: Push

NUMBER OF PAGES: 151 pages

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Callie cuts herself. Never too deep, never enough to die. But enough to feel the pain. Enough to feel the scream inside.

Now she’s at Sea Pines, a “residential treatment facility” filled with girls struggling with problems of their own. Callie doesn’t want to have anything to do with them. She doesn’t want to have anything to do with anyone. She won’t even speak.

But Callie can only stay silent for so long…

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Hold Still by Nina Lacour

STAR RATING: 4/5dsc_4572

DATE OF PUBLICATION: October 20th, 2009 (first published September 25th, 2009)

PUBLISHER: Dutton Books for Young Readers

NUMBER OF PAGES: 230 pages

SYNOPSIS:

In the wake of her best friend Ingrid’s suicide, Caitlin is left alone, struggling to find hope and answers. When she finds the journal Ingrid left behind for her, she begins a journey of understanding and broadening her horizons that leads her to new friendships and first love. Nina LaCour brings the changing seasons of Caitlin’s first year without Ingrid to life with emotion, honesty, and captivating writing.

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Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel

STAR RATING: 5/5

DATE OF PUBLICATION: October 1st, 1995

PUBLISHER: Riverhead Books

NUMBER OF PAGES: 368 pages

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A harrowing story of breakdowns, suicide attempts, drug therapy, and an eventual journey back to living, this poignant and often hilarious book gives voice to the high incidence of depression among America’s youth. A collective cry for help from a generation who have come of age entrenched in the culture of divorce, economic instability, and AIDS, here is the intensely personal story of a young girl full of promise, whose mood swings have risen and fallen like the lines of a sad ballad.

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Your Voice in My Head by Emma Forrest

STAR RATING: 3/5

DATE OF PUBLICATION: February 1st, 2011

PUBLISHER: Random House Canada

NUMBER OF PAGES: 224 pages

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Emma Forrest, an English journalist, was twenty-two and living in America when she realised that her quirks had gone beyond eccentricity. A modern day fairy tale of New York, Your Voice in My Head is a dazzling and devastating memoir, clear-eyed and shot through with wit. In a voice unlike any other, Emma Forrest explores depression and mania, but also the beauty of love—and the heartbreak of loss.

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Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

STAR RATING: 4/5dsc_4570

DATE OF PUBLICATION: April 19th, 1994

PUBLISHER: Vintage

NUMBER OF PAGES: 169 pages

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In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she’d never seen before, eighteen-year-old Susanna Kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital. She spent most of the next two years on the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital as renowned for its famous clientele — Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor, and Ray Charles — as for its progressive methods of treating those who could afford its sanctuary.

Kaysen’s memoir encompasses horror and razor-edged perception while providing vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers. It is a brilliant evocation of a “parallel universe” set within the kaleidoscopically shifting landscape of the late sixties. Girl, Interrupted is a clear-sighted, unflinching document that gives lasting and specific dimension to our definitions of sane and insane, mental illness and recovery.

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