Thursday, August 19, 2010
Blog Tour and Giveaway! Hannah: My True Story of Drugs, Cutting, and Mental Illness by Hannah Westberg
Release Date: Available Now from HCI Teens
Source: From Publicist
Hannah is a girl interrupted.
For Hannah Westberg, life has been one big emotional roller coaster. As a girl, her mother was in and out of mental hospitals, so when it was her turn to visit the psych ward following a suicide attempt the summer after eighth grade, she had an idea of what she was in for. But that was only the beginning of Hannah's journey.
Over the next five years, Hannah has engaged in dangerous behaviors--from pill popping and excessive dieting to cutting--and paid a high price. Her depression, self-harm, and suicidal tendencies have landed her in rehab and therapy and with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. But though she may have a label for her mental illness and tools for coping, for Hannah, life is still something she takes one day at a time.
'The psych ward is where you go to get from fragile to shattered. It's like taking your car to get washed and getting your windshield broken in the process.'
Because Truth Is More Fascinating Than Fiction
Hannah's story is a powerful one, and it gave me new insight into dealing with mental illness. This is an issue that people everywhere are dealing with. I've met kids through my work at the school who are dealing with borderline personality disorder. It's a life-changing diagnosis that doesn't have any quick fixes.
It was inspiring to me to see Hannah face her problems head on. I appreciated the fact that she admits it's not always easy and that her life is a work in progress, which can be said for all of us. I would love to read more from Hannah as she moves further and further into her uncertain future.
This is a book that makes you thankful for what you have, and makes you want to reach out and help those around you. I think this is a really important series for teens and I can't wait to read more.
If you'd like to read Hannah's story for yourself, you can win a copy here. In addition, one lucky winner will receive all three books in the Louder Than Words series:
Hannah by Hannah Westberg
Alexis: My True Story of Being Seduced By an Online Predator by Alexis Singer
Rae: My True Story of Fear, Anxiety, and Social Phobia by Chelsea Swigget
So, one winner gets Hannah's book. And one winner wins all three books.
To enter, simply leave a comment below with your e-mail address. Contest ends Friday, August 27th, hurry up and enter already!
If you'd like to see more of the tour, visit YA Book Queen tomorrow for a review of Rae!