Good Thursday all today we are going to review a book that every teen ager . parent and teacher should read HELP ME by Donna M Zadunajsky
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…”
I was blown away when I started reading this novella . It is a story of Mick who is dealing with depression. He has been through a lot in his young life . his parents divorcing and then the death of his best friends suicide . He was also being bullied and his life was unbearable .
No one knows what he is going through and the only release is cutting . No one is knowing what is going on except his friends who think but have their own problems that they have to deal with .
This maybe a fictitious book with fictitious characters but the pain is real. For all those people that suffer from depression and bullying feel lost and have no way out . This has been hidden away in the darkness for way too long . It is time to bring it out and start talking about it . The taboo of depression needs to have the lid blown off and no one should hide anymore . This book makes you think about what if it was you , what would you do ? Would you be able to spot it in one of your loved ones ?
The characters in this book absolutely broke my heart . Mick just broke my heart. you just wanted to hold him in your arms and tell him life will get better . His group of friends are your typical teenagers with their own problems . They are all having their own problems and they band together like teenagers do by snap chat face time and so on. They have your resident bad girl , the sweet girl and the guy friend that love to hang . Layla is the sweet girl that helps Mick and actually likes him a lot . She is such a sweet girl with her own bouts also . Together they will help each other and try and figure everything out
I cried so hard reading this novella , I wanted to scream at them and say it will get better . We need to advocate for all children that have been bullied . We honestly need to blow the lid off it . Teachers need to step up , family members to step up to protect children. This book needs to be read . I personally want to thank Donna for writing this book and helping to get the word out there. Please get this book for you and your children . It is well worth the read