It is okay to say, “I don’t know what to say” by Felicia Johnson

It is okay to say, “I don’t know what to say” by Felicia Johnson.

Journaling and Therapy by Felicia Johnson

Journaling and Therapy by Felicia Johnson.

A powerful and hypnotic read; HER, by Felicia Johnson

A powerful and hypnotic read; HER, by Felicia Johnson.

Episode 15 of #15minR@dio With Athena Moberg Part 2 of 2 Interview with Author Felicia Johnson

 

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Here is episode 15 of #15minR@dio With Athena Moberg Part 2 of 2 Interview with Author Felicia Johnson.

 

Click here to listen!  http://bit.ly/1oHlYCv

http://athenamoberg.com/15minradio
https://soundcloud.com/athenamoberg/15minradio-episode-15

First Live Televised Interview with WTOC Channel 11 + Special Surprise!

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Tune in June 3 at 10:00 am on Channel 11 Mid-Morning Live to see my for my first TV interview! I will travel down to Savannah to the WTOC studio, and I am so excited!

I will be speaking to Jody Chapin about my past experiences with abuse and mental health, as well as my novel, Her. There will also be a special announcement, so make sure you catch it live! If you aren’t in the state of Georgia, you can also live stream it by clicking here.

See you then, friends!

Episode 14 of #15minR@dio with Athena Moberg Special Guest Author Felicia Johnson

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Felicia joins Child Sex Abuse and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder advocate, Athena Moberg to speak about mental health and Felicia’s upcoming novel-to-film adaptation of Her.

Links:
http://athenamoberg.com/15minradio
and
https://soundcloud.com/athenamoberg/15minradio-episode-14#t=0:01

Once Upon A Bookshelf Book Review of Her by Felicia Johnson

Once Upon A Bookshelf

A Reader’s Blog

HER 
 
Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 8:08 am June 19, 2014.
Category: Young Adult
Book Author(s):
Publisher(s):      Her front cover
Author: Felicia Johnson
Originally Published: 2013
Publisher: 8th Street Publishing
Source: Received a copy from the author

When I did the interview with Felicia Johnson, I received a digital copy of her book. The topic really intrigued me. I’m a proponent for the end of the stigma surrounding mental illnesses, disorders, and all, so I was definitely interested. I was also however a little afraid to go into it, as sometimes reading about cutting makes a part of me long to start cutting again. I ended up reading this book within one day… and spent a very good portion of that day in tears.

With that in mind, it should be no surprise that this was a very difficult read. It was emotionally draining because of what the characters were going through. It deals with some hard subject matter – important, but hard. And I’m sure there are a lot of parents who wouldn’t want their children to read a book that starts with a failed suicide attempt… but there are going to be a lot of people who will relate in some way to this book. And for that reason alone, for the fact that there may be even just one person out there who has a mental illness who would read this and realize that what they are not alone and that other people have mental illnesses, well that makes this a wonderful book.

What I really like about Her is that even though the protagonist is working through BPD, that’s not all we get to see. We are introduced to people who were sexually abused as children, who are heroin addicts, who have eating disorders, who are schizophrenic. We see a lot, and I think that is really great for introducing readers to a large number of things that we may not necessarily come into contact with every day. It showcases mental issues that a lot of people have, and it does a really good job at making them more understandable, empathizable and accessible.

There was one thing that didn’t quite sit well with me about Her. There were characters that were obviously Christian, and they were the employees at the mental hospital. They spoke about their faith with Kristen, and Kristen automatically accepted what they told her without questioning or investigating on her own. On one hand, I know what it’s like to need something to hope for when suffering from depression and clinging to faith for that hope… but on the other hand, it would have felt a lot less like we were being witnessed to if there was even a character who was representative of another faith… or even who was an atheist.

The characters in this seemed thoroughly developed – especially Kristen, who shows the different aspects of BPD well. One thing I did find was that, because of the fact that Kristen has BPD and the story was being told from her perspective, I couldn’t always trust what seemed to be happening to actually be happening. Characters often seemed to go from calm to screaming in a matter of seconds with little to provoke them. Or seemed to be pushing Kristen to do or feel a certain way and not understanding that she couldn’t just hit a switch to make everything better. (This actually is how a lot of people react to mental illnesses, and so I’m really glad it was illustrated here how frustrating and agonizing it can be when someone tells a person with a mental illness to “just not be depressed” or whatever.)

The Bottom Line

I will definitely be looking forward to reading more by Johnson, and recommend this book to people who are living with a mental illness – whether in themselves, their family or a friend.

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