Thirteen Reasons Why #FirstChapterFirstParagraph

I’ve had Thirteen Reasons Why on hold at my local library for awhile now, so when it became available I put aside Outlander. Here’s the first chapter first paragraph:

“”Sir?” she repeats. “How soon do you want it to get there?”

I rub two fingers, hard, over my left eyebrow. The throbbing has become intense. “It doesn’t matter”, I say.

The clerk takes the package. The same shoebox that sat on my porch less than twenty-four hours ago; rewrapped in a brown paper bag, sealed with clear packing tape, exactly as I had received it. But now addressed with a new name. The next name on Hannah Baker’s list.

“Baker’s dozen,” I mumble. Then I feel disgusted for even noticing it.”

 

Reader Problems Tag #TagTuesday

I tag anyone who wants to do this tag – Feel free to link your tag in the comments 🙂

Questions are at the bottom of post for easy copy/paste.

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1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

I read books sent to me for review first, after that I’ll read the library book that’s due back before the others. It seems like I always have a book to review or a library book due (or one that I’ve had on hold is ready for pick up), so the physical books on my bookshelf that I haven’t read yet are piling up. As of right now I have no books to review, and have three books out from the library. 🙂

I’m also taking part in a few reading challenges on Goodreads: Dewey Decimal, and A to Z Location, and also the Fantasy Book Bingo challenge on Reddit r/fantasy group, so they also help determine which book I read next.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

I find it very, very, very hard to quit on a book. It doesn’t happen very often at all, maybe half a dozen times in my life. I like to finish it so I can get the whole picture and be able to give a more accurate review. The curious cat in me likes to know what happens, even if I don’t like what’s happening or how it’s being told, etc…

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3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

Ignore all households chores and mommy duties. HAHAHA joking! Naw, I read for pleasure, so I’m not too hung up on “deadlines”.

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

Doesn’t bother me.

5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

Everyone has their own personal taste, and things happening in their life which change the way they perceive a story. The online reading world has opened up a whole new group of bookworms to chat with about books. I love to chat about books on Goodreads, Facebook, blogs, and “Booktube”.

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I don’t like to show emotion in public and have become a suppress-emotion Master Ninja. LOL I wait until I’m home alone, or with a close friend or husband, then let the tears flow while eating chocolate.

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?

I read the first seven or eight books from the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind then got busy with University, work, kids, etc…I have plans this year to re-read the series, starting at the first book…maybe read one per month or every other month.  I also want to do the same for The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

Anytime I have  borrowed a book I NEVER get it back. I feel like I need to put library card holders in the back of them or something LOL

9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

I don’t usually read more than one book at a time…right now I have a few going because I started Man Gone Down but find that to be a very slow read. I started Wyrd Sisters but the e-book was due back to library, and someone else had it on hold…so now I have it on hold to finish it. SO then I started book one of the Outlander series. But – I picked up Thirteen Reasons Why which was on hold at the library, and it’s a fast turn around book, so it’s due back before Outlander…so it kinda makes sense to read that first right? 😛

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

My local library has books for sale super cheap so whenever I go I always check to see what’s on the sale shelf. I sometimes buy books from Bookoutlet.ca, but not often. My book buying budget is small, so I make great use of our local library 🙂

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

*Hangs head in shame* My bookshelf is filling up quickly with books I bought but haven’t read yet. I would say the one that’s been there waiting the longest has been waiting for a year or so. I plan on reading them all in 2017.

 

★QUESTIONS:
1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?
4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?
8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

Wyrd Sisters #FirstChapterFirstParagraph

I’m currently reading Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett. It is May’s book of the month for r/fantasy on Reddit’s Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge. Here is the first chapter, first Paragraph (and a bit).

“The wind howled. Lightning stabbed at the earth erratically, like an inefficient assassin. Thunder rolled back and forth across the dark, rain-lashed hills.

The night was as black as the inside of a cat. It was the kind of night, you could believe, on which gods moved men as though they were pawns on the chessboard of fate. In the middle of this elemental storm a fire gleamed among the dripping furze bushes like the madness in a weasel’s eye. It illuminated three hunched figures. As the cauldron bubbled an eldritch voice shrieked: ‘When shall we three meet again?'”

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

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Favourite Bookish Quotes

“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”
Stephen King

“Sometimes, making the wrong choice is better than making no choice. You have the courage to go forward, that is rare. A person who stands at the fork, unable to pick, will never get anywhere.”
Terry Goodkind, Wizard’s First Rule

“Run when you have to, fight when you must, rest when you can.”
Robert Jordan, The Eye of the World

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
Helen Keller

 

The Book Cake Tag

Watch the original Book Cake Tag video

The recipe is numbered below so you can easily copy/paste and make your own Book Cake! Link yours in the comments 🙂

First ingredient, Flour: a book that started off slow, but picked up as it went along.

For this one I chose a series, Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children. The first book started off slow, but Hollow City and Library of Souls have a lot more page-turning action.

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Second Ingredient, Eggs: a book you thought was going to be bad, but actually turned out to be enjoyable

Although I was grateful to receive a complimentary copy of Deep Under Cover for review, I honestly didn’t think I was going to enjoy it all that much. This is not a genre I had ever read before, but I’m sure glad I did read it because I quite enjoyed Jack Barsky’s story.

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Third Ingredient, Sugar: a very sweet book

Furthermore is a magically-delicious story with a sweet story.

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Fourth Ingredient: Icing: a book that covers everything you enjoy (funny, action, sad, etc)

This might be a strange choice, but Wild had everything I enjoy: a great character arc, action, humour, lesson, romance, and personal growth.

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Fifth Ingredient, Sprinkles: a book you turn to for a pick me up

Is it corny for me to choose Harry Potter? Ya…but…I’ll pick it anyways! hahaha!

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Sixth Ingredient, Cherry on top: your favourite book so far this year

I think I would have to pick Small Great Things. SO GOOD.

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  1. Margarine: a book that had a rich plot
  2. Eggs: a book you thought was going to be bad, but actually turned out to be enjoyable
  3. Sugar: a very sweet book
  4. Icing: a book that covers everything you enjoy (funny, action, sad, etc)
  5. Sprinkles: a book you turn to for a pick me up
  6. Cherry on top: your favourite book so far this year

Whimsical Novel from Canadian Author: The Lonely Hearts Hotel – Review #spoilerfree

Like a tough meat turning tender in a homemade beef stew, Heather O’Neill’s newest novel, The Lonely Hearts Hotel, will toughen your heart with the abuse of two orphans, then mend it with a timeless love story of two quirky, yet magical destined sweethearts called Rose and Pierrot. This dark, peculiar, imaginative fairy-tale takes place in Montreal and NYC from the 1910s to 1940s.

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Published in 2017 by HarperCollins. Picture from Goodreads.

After being sexually abused by her cousin, “Iggy”, a young teenager gave birth to her baby at the Hôpital de la Miséricorde. The baby was born blue, declared dead, then somehow came back to life. “The nuns at the orphanage called this baby Pierrot because he was so pale and he always had a rather stupid grin on his face.”

Another teenage mother gave birth to a baby girl in a bathtub, relinquished her newborn to a woman who, for a small fee, promised she would find a good home. The woman left the baby, and other infants, in a park to freeze in the snow. Miraculously, the baby girl was found and brought to the orphanage with blue marks on her cheeks. “All the girls at the orphanage were named Marie, and so was this baby girl. But her nickname, which she would always be known by, was Rose, because the two bright spots on her cheeks had turned from blue to red, then took two more weeks to disappear”.

Pierrot grew into a tall, blonde, slender performer with a natural piano-playing ability. Rose bloomed into a stunning young lady with dark hair, also an artist, she loved to create hilarious skits, and dance to Pierrot’s beautiful music.

Sister Eloïse had been sexually abusing Pierrot for years and was insanely jealous of how close Pierrot and Rose were becoming, which was heightened when Mother Superior decided to send Pierrot and Rose out to perform at local old-age homes and in order to make money for the orphanage. These outings gave them a chance to fall head-over-heels in love, and make plans for their Snowflake Icicle Extravaganza circus that they would one day run together.

A rich elderly man named Irving stopped at the orphanage to give his usual donation when he heard Pierrot playing the piano. He loved it so much that he adopted Pierrot so that he could listen to the alluring music every day. Sister Eloïse ripped up Pierrot’s goodbye letter to Rose while Rose was locked in the cupboard. Rose’s heart broke thinking she had been abandoned yet again. She left to work as a governess where she would mainly be looking after two children, Hazel and Ernest McMahon.

Pierrot wrote letters to Rose for years, which Sister Eloïse destroyed. And so, the two attempt to live life without each other, yet always yearning for the other. Rose becomes McMahon’s mistress, then porn actress, while Pierrot ends up a heroin addict playing the piano at a movie theater.

I love the way O’Neill writes. It’s absolutely sublime to read:

“His pupils always dilated for a split second when he was confronted with the truth. Once she saw his eyes turn black, he had already confessed to her.”

“She looked at the cheap wedding ring on her finger. She would always wear it. It was like a small snowflake that had landed on a mitten – and it was so beautiful. It was always just about to melt.”

The perspective bounces back and forth between Rose and Pierrot frequently. Sometimes you’ll get a full chapter from one perspective, then other times you only get one sentence. I found this annoying at first, but eventually became used to it, and as the story progressed found myself enjoying the jumping as if it were piano notes hopping around creating the rhythm of their story.

The Lonely Hearts Hotel reminds us about the importance of art, and how it can positively affect people even during the saddest, most desperate times. O’Neill also uses this story to highlight gender expectations, and I love the fact that Rose is a strong female, unafraid of the glass ceiling.

My only critique is that the lengthy section of the book where Rose and Pierrot are separated. We are left yearning for them to find each other for about two hundred pages. I was beginning to get a little bored with their continuous pining for each other.

The Lonely Hearts Hotel ultimately is about the power of hate versus the power of love. O’Neill weaved a story set in the Great Depression, with graphic sex scenes, drug addiction, abuse, violence, yet managed to teach us a touching lesson about true love, and forgiveness.

 

Truth or Dare #BookTag

Questions are down below so you can copy/paste. Be sure to share the link for your Truth or Dare Book Tag in the comments! I tag anyone who would like to do this tag 🙂

1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?

I’ve had Ramona and her Father on my shelf since 1989.

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2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

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Current Read: The Lonely Hearts Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Tapestry of Tears

 

 

Last Read: A Tapestry of Tears

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outlander

 

 

The book I’ll read next: Outlander

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?

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Over 1.1 million ratings on Goodreads, with an average rating of 3.88. I didn’t HATE it. I don’t think I HATE any book, that’s a strong word. It’s not that I disliked The Girl On The Train, it just didn’t live up to the hype for me.

 

 

 

4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

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A Suitable Boy, it has a great rating on Goodreads and sounds like a great read, however, it has 1474 pages, making it the longest book on my TBR at the moment. I’d love to read it, but not sure when I’ll be able to make that kind of commitment haha!

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. What book are you saving for retirement?

See question 4. LOL

6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

Wait till the end!

7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

I always read all of the notes and acknowledgements. It’s an interesting glimpse into the author’s support system.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?

Miss Peregrine from Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children because it would be kickass to be able to change into a bird and fly.

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)

I was introduced to The Wheel of Time series by a friend while attending University, so when I think of those first books we read and discussed together it always brings me back to then.

10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

The book from question 1…is a book I borrowed from the library of my elementary school…but never returned. *SHAME*

11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

I love to give books away…I try to find a book that I think they would like, can take something from, will make them laugh, or is pertaining to something they are going through at the time.

12. Which book has been with you most places?

The book from question 1 again…I’ve had it when I lived in Labrador, Newfoundland, British Columbia, and Ontario.

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

Shakespeare! I disliked it in high school, but when I read it in University for an English course I really liked it a lot.

14. Used or brand new?

Both, but new books do smell fantastic.

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Not yet, but I have two on my shelf that I bought at a library sale.

16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

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I loved the book Little Women, but the movie was even better. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched the movie. I just love it so much ♥♥♥♥

 

 

 

 

 

 

17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

I own about 15 cookbooks, and every single one of them make me hungry!

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Rock Recipes is one of my favourite cookbooks. I was born and raised in Newfoundland, so I love to make “Newfie” meals.

 

 

 

 

18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

My Dad and I share similar book taste, and Oprah has great book recommendations.

19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

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I highly doubt I would have ever picked up Dragon Teeth to read. It was recommended to me by Netgalley, and have to admit I enjoyed every chapter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post the link to your Booktag in the comments! Or answer the questions in the comments 🙂

QUESTIONS:
The questions:
1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?
2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?
4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
5. What book are you saving for retirement?
6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?
7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?
8. Which book character would you switch places with?
9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)
10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.
11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?
12. Which book has been with you most places?
13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?
14. Used or brand new?
15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?
17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?
18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

9 Ways to Find More Time to Read

Have you ever said, “I wish I had more time to read”? Then this post is for you. Reading more has helped me in a lot of ways, and I’d like to help others feel better too 😉

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To learn more about the benefits of reading check out my post from yesterday.

1. Pick books that you’ll like, that way you’ll be interested and motivated to keep reading. Here is my April Reading Wrap Up

Book Recommendations for May 2017: Contemporary

For the #GilmoreGirls fan who doesn’t know what to read next…

Spring Reading #BookTag

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2. Short books are a great way to get over a reading slump.

3. Another great way to get over a slump, or get into reading, is graphic novels. I never read any until this past year, and I gotta admit, they are fantastic.

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4. Read the book that inspired one of your favourite movies or tv shows.

 

5. Although I’ve never listened to an audio book, I’ve heard from many bookish friends that they read them regularly. You can listen while you cook, clean, drive to work, or even while exercising.

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6. Joining Goodreads got me back into reading, helped me make new reader-friends, and find awesome books that I would enjoy.

Add me on Goodreads!

7. Bring a book with you everywhere you go. I bring a book with me when I leave the house (sometimes my KOBO, sometimes an actual book). Anytime I find myself waiting for someone or something, I get a few pages in. Just the other day my Dr was running late, but I kinda enjoyed it because I was reading The Lonely Hearts Hotel.

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8. It’s not just kids that benefit from a bedtime routine. Step away from screen/tech, get cozy in bed, and read. When I read before bed I always fall asleep easier, and stay asleep longer.

9. MAKE THE TIME. Take time away from Facebook, Twitter, TV, and spend it on reading.

Happy reading!

 

 

 

16 Reasons to Read More

Benefits of Reading

  1. Reading before bed will help you sleep better
  2. Protect against Alzheimer’s disease (“elderly people who regularly read or play mentally challenging games are 2 ½ times less likely to have the debilitating illness“)
  3. Creative hobbies, like reading, help preserve late-life memory. (slowed late-life cognitive decline rate by 32%)
  4. Lower stress – According to a new study reading for just 6 minutes can reduce stress levels by more than 2/3 – relaxing us more than music, a walk or a cup of tea.
  5. Lengthen work out time by reading a book, or listening to an audio book
  6. Boost your vocabulary, which will increase self-confidence, and maybe even help your career (10 Research-Tested Ways to Build Children’ Vocabulary)
  7. Lead By Example – If we want our kids to read more, we need to lead by example.
  8. Improve Empathy
  9. Economical Entertainment – cheaper than going to the movies, free if you visit your library
  10. Increase knowledge
  11. Boost mind-reading skills? Mind-Reading Skills Boosted by Reading Literature
  12. Enhance analytical thinking
  13. Develop more focus and concentration. Try reading for 15-20 minutes before work and you’ll see an improvement in your focus and concentration at work
  14. Better writing skills
  15. Self-Help books have been shown to reduce depression
  16. Promote Imagination

Does “13 Reasons Why” Glorify Suicide?

I’ve been hearing a lot of conflicted feedback about the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”. There are some who think it glorifies suicide. I simply don’t see how that’s the lesson you walk away with after watching this series. For me, it does not glorify teen suicide, but rather, does the exact opposite – punches you in the face with the reality of how violent suicide is, and how it affects the people you leave behind.

When I was 12 years old I felt uncomfortable in my body, and was bullied. My thoughts became quite dark, and I started thinking of ways I could kill myself. I started spending my time reading books, trying to figure out what would be the least painful way to do it. Thankfully I had an amazing friend who knew I was struggling, spoke with our school counselor, who immediately contacted my parents. My mother wasted no time in getting me into therapy – which I believe saved my life.

If school boards, parents, or other adults feel that “13 Reasons Why” sensationalizes suicide then I feel like they didn’t quite pay attention to the words of the story and are hung up on the fact that Hannah made these tapes, and killed herself. Sure that’s the basic plot line of this story – but there is SO much more beneath that which provide a fantastic opportunity to have discussions about relevant topics. If there are adults who think this series has messages which teens can misunderstand – then USE IT as a teaching opportunity.

If you think that Hannah did not seek help before committing suicide you obviously weren’t paying attention, or didn’t watch the entire series. Hannah DID seek help from her school counselor – who did not take her words seriously. Also, when she told him she was raped, he questioned whether she had consented then changed her mind after she had sex. He attempted to take those words back – but those words put doubt into her mind, which stopped her from telling her truth.

I’m sure school counselors wouldn’t react the way the one did in this story. I would like to think that they all would take a teen’s words to heart. The fact that Hannah’s counselor did not take her seriously isn’t included in the story in order to make counselors look bad – it’s included so that we could see what it looks like when a teen seeks help but isn’t taken seriously, which then inspires a conversation about what to do if you DO seek help but don’t get it. To any teen or adult reading this – if you confide in someone, and they don’t take you seriously, DO NOT STOP. Go to someone else. Keep talking to people until you are heard, and helped.

However, if a teen doesn’t seek help we can’t BLAME the victim by saying, “she didn’t seek help”. There are a lot of teens (and adults) who don’t seek help. Starting a conversation about drugs, alcohol, sex, rape, consent, or mental health can be extremely uncomfortable. So, how about as adults we pay better attention and start those conversations.

In order to teach kids to talk about the hard stuff, we need to lead by example and stop shying away from talking about hard topics.

I think teens 14+ could benefit from watching this series with their parents/guardians – having discussions after each episode. This story covered a wide variety of realistic situations concerning drugs, alcohol, sex, homosexuality, consent, rape, mental health. Why not use this as a tool to spur a learning lesson?

If you don’t have the courage to talk to your parents, or teacher, or counselor, or principal – start by talking to a friend. Write a letter and give it to a parent or teacher. Don’t suffer in silence. Seek help. You can even talk to your family Doctor, go to a clinic, or emergency room.

Kid’s Help Phone (Canada) 1-800-668-6868

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To the teens who are struggling with bullying, mental health, or having suicidal thoughts – I’ve been there. I’ve been in your shoes. I know you might be thinking “they’ll be better off without me”, “no one will miss me”. You are WRONG. You will be missed. You are important. IT GETS BETTER.

I’m now 36 years old, married to my best friend, with two beautiful children. I love my job working as an Educational Assistant. I love to read, write, create, volunteer, go for walks, or Pokemon hunting with my kids. Some days suck. Sometimes life is really tough – but for the most part it’s real good 😉

I know it can be hard. But I promise you, it honestly, truly, really, does get better.

 

Help Hotlines for Kids, Teens & Women
Suicide, Child Abuse, Domestic Abuse, LGBT, Runaways, Bullying & More

Up to date Hotlines & Helplines and Resources for: Suicide, Child Abuse, (Sexual Abuse, Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Neglect) Bullying, Cyberbullying, Runaways, Rape, Domestic Abuse, LGBT, Eating Disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia), Self-Esteem, Body Image, Teen Pregnancy, Self-Injury (cutting), Sex, Drugs, Peer Pressure, Puberty, Family problems, Depression, Anxiety, Bad Grades. Or just because Kids or Teens need someone to talk to, ask advice or help for any problem you are facing. The volunteers at these hotlines really do care & want to help you. Find your country and choose the best hotline for you.

If you are a teen who has watched “13 Reasons Why” and you haven’t talked to an adult about it yet – do that today please! This is the ice-breaker that will allow you to have AMAZING conversations.

Feel free to email me if you want to talk. I’m all ears.

amandahartwick@yahoo.ca