Her: The Novel – Depression – BPD

Her: The Novel - Depression - BPD

Her: The novel by Felicia Johnson

In many ways, Kristen Elliott is a normal, seventeen-year-old girl. Kristen loves her family. She works hard academically, and tries to please her mother. She takes on the additional responsibility of caring for her twin siblings, Nick and Alison. She idealizes her best friend, Lexus, who not only seems to lead the perfect life, but also catches the attention of John, the boy Kristen secretly loves. However, as is the case with many teenagers, Kristen feels frustrated, isolated, and confused.

In other ways, Kristen is not like other kids her age. She knows something is wrong with her. Kristen feels like an utter failure. She is unable to please her abrasive mother, and scared to confront Jack, her abusive stepfather. She is also unable to protect Nick from Jack, making her fell all the more helpless. Adding to her problems, she knows she will never be as beautiful as her best friend Lexus. Kristen finds solace in self-injury, and the company of Mr. Sharp, her imaginary friend who encourages her feelings of self-loathing.

After a failed suicide attempt, Kristen is placed in the Bent Creek mental hospital, where she is diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. While in the hospital, she meets a group of peers suffering with their own mental illnesses, and a compassionate staff of doctors and counselors. From there, Kristen begins her journey to survival. She discovers the circumstances that brought her to this breaking point, struggles to understand her mental illness, and fights to be a survivor against her own worst enemy: her self-blame.

Kristen’s tale of endurance illustrates the complex illness of Borderline Personality Disorder. Readers – including those suffering from BPD and their friends and family – can glean insight into the illness from Kristen’s humanity. Her story is an example of how, if we try to push the past away, we are either doomed to repeat it or let it haunt us to our graves.

Room On The Shelf

Everyone has a story to tell. We all have thoughts and feelings. Therefore, we have the right to express ourselves.

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Do you like to read? Are you a lover of books? Whether you are a fan of fiction or non-fiction, you can agree that it’s hard to put down a good book that has an intriguing plot.

So what’s the deal with the war over realism and fantasy? Does it really matter if your imagination craves the tales of vampires, werewolves, and unicorns? As opposed to, if you enjoy reading stories of struggle, survival, and coming of age. Do you really have to choose to be a fan of one particular genre?

Reading is essential for everyone. We should be encouraging more people to pick up a book to read. We shouldn’t judge the book by it’s genre, but by it’s content.

As a writer of realistic YA-fiction, I can honestly say that I enjoy reading a variety of books of different genres. Classics, thrillers, fantasy, coming of age, tales of endurance and survival, and even some humorous poetry all have a place on my bookshelf.

It’s the same with writing. We, as writers, should stick together and encourage one another. Writing should not be a competition. No matter what genre each of us write, we should support each other.  All of our stories are not the same, and that is a good thing. How are we to encourage others to read, if there isn’t a variety of different stories to peak our readers’ interests?

The truth is, we all have a story. We all have a voice. We all have something inside of us that needs to come out. That is why we write. Therefore, we have the right to express ourselves with our writing talent.

Really. Where is the competition?

Whether we are vampires, werewolves, detectives, cowboys, aliens, or real people who live in a fictional or non-fictional world there is room on the shelf for our stories. Writers, let’s support each other in being heard. Devoted readers will make room on their shelves for all of our incredible stories.

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Happy National Reading Month!

Everyone has a story to tell. We all have thoughts and feelings. Therefore, we have the right to express ourselves.

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Happy National Reading Month!

Today is a wonderful day. It is a day that I’ve appreciated since I was a little girl. It’s the first day of National Reading Month. Bibliophiles are celebrating everywhere! I know that I am!

I will be celebrating by visiting my local bookstore and browsing for hours for the book that I will curl up with tonight in my pajamas with a glass of Apothic Red. Also, I have launched my author’s page on Facebook. Please feel free to check it out, like it, and share.

How will you celebrate?

Here is a list of a few of my favorite books:

Cages of Glass, Flowers of Time – Charlotte Culin

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish – Dr. Seuss

An American Tragedy – Theodore – Dreiser

Every Day – David Levithan

The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

The Color Purple – Alice Walker

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

Johnny The Homicidal Maniac – Jhonen Vasquez (yes, graphic novels count)

Falling Up – Shel Silverstein

Peter Pan – J. M. Barrie

The Skin I’m In – Sharon G. Flake

…and the list goes on.

Honestly, there are too many books to list.

Have fun this month adding to your collection of prose narrative treasures! Enjoy the romance of being a bibliophile. Lots of love!

My Author’s Page:

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