About the Book
“Sometimes when we’re in situations where we feel we’re not in control, we do things, especially things that take a lot of energy, as a way of making ourselves feel we have some power.”
Honestly, I was weary of reading this one. Because this was read for the mental health disability challenge, I've decided to be open about some things. I self harmed for about a decade. I started when I was in 6th grade and stopped around my 21st birthday after a promise I made my now husband. I've been able to control myself going on 7 years now. I will admit that there are some days it is a struggle, but I've gotten much better at reaching out to people when I feel overwhelmed.
This story is about a girl who was caught by an adult and sent to a mental hospital. It brings up some pretty frustrating things that are incredibly relevant. Such as how mental illness is largely ignored by insurance companies because society still hasn't accepted that it's a real thing. And it really only mentioned a small handful of things on this subject, but each of them stuck out for me because I know that feeling.
It had a couple scenes where it went into some detail about cutting. So that's something that could potentially trigger someone who is recovering. It was definitely more of a fluff example of a cutter, so that should be noted. Although I think this was written more for someone who hasn't gone through this as a way of explaining it to them.
The worst part of this book was how short it was. Even though everything wrapped up fine and I didn't feel like I was missing anything. I still wish it would have been longer. Maybe some more details about things. I did appreciate the message though.