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Shelby Co PL - Shelbyville Main Library YA PB Joh (Text) 78731000518869 YA New Material Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780615823454 (paperback)
  • ISBN: 0615823459 (paperback)
  • Physical Description: 477 pages ; 23 cm.
  • Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : 8th Street Publishing, [2013]

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"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, and protect Nick from him: and she'll 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 who take tremendous amount of interest in the adolescents place in their care. From there, Kristen leads us on a journey to find out the circumstances that brought her to this breaking point if her life. Ste tells the story of her battle to understand mental illness, and her fight to be a survivor against her own worst enemy: her self-blame. The result is a haunting account of a young woman who was once held back by fear and lack of closure. Kristen's journey to survival is told in three pars -- her breaking point, treatment and painful memories that lead here there, and recovery. Kristen's eye-opening tale of endurance, illustrates how a person with BPD and people in her life deal with this complex illness. Readers, including those suffering from with BPD, and those who may know someone, can take her story, and glean from the survivor's humanity. Kristen's story is an example of how, if we try to pus the past away, we are either doomed to repeat it or let it haunt us to our graves."--P. 4 of cover.
Subject: Borderline personality disorder > Fiction.
Suicide victims > Fiction.

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