My rating: 4 of 5 stars
As teenagers deal with changes and pressure of growing up, they also develop ways on how to cope with trials—in a constructive, beneficial way—others found the destructive way as the easier way out. Melody Carlson gives us a glimpse of self-mutilation, cutting one’s self to get rid of pain. How can a physical pain ease the emotional pain that is more incisive than a knife, than a deafening, detrimental verbal abuse?
In a lighter side of teenagers’ typical day of school to a hard brief moment of abuse, you can go through the pages with understanding and feeling the emotions of characters without putting much load on yourself, just enough to have an open mind and sympathy. Being not judgmental will soon emerge to the surface as you realize how those scars of cutting came about. Each has history and all together came into past as one found help through family, friends, institution, and the Higher Power.
Help can come in different forms yet at some point it may lead to disappointment or not having enough, missing something. We cannot do it alone. God will give us the strength to go through life in times of trials and rejoice with us in bliss. Such truth is infused in the book without much pressure for readers to assimilate all at once. Carlson gives you the time to contemplate, to be confused, and to be enlightened along with the characters as the story ends with healing of the past—and maybe yours as well that begins with realization of the Higher Power.
My Favorite Quotes
“It takes a good habit to replace a bad habit.”
“Shut off the internal bashing.”
“By his stripes you are healed.”