Behind Closed Doors: Stories From the Inside Out
Closing the Door on Pain. Opening the Door to Hope. Following in the footsteps of the nationally recognized We Are Absolutely Not Okay and You’ve Got It All Wrong, this third true story collection by Scriber Lake High School students explores painful secrets: addiction, incarceration, sexual identity, broken families, abuse, poverty, and death.
By giving readers an inside look at the life struggles they’ve faced, these students are closing the door on painful pasts and opening doors to hope and happiness. Through their personal narratives, they are also reaching out to other teenagers to let them know they are not alone and that life gets better.
You’ve Got It All Wrong
Labels can hurt and destroy—as the authors of this true story collection know all too well. But are they true? Would you still think the same if you knew the challenges and circumstances these “labeled” teenagers have faced?
In You’ve Got It All Wrong, twenty-one writers take readers into their lives as they struggle with homelessness, abandonment, death, addiction, abuse, and peer pressure. By revisiting their pasts and sharing their stories, these high school students are taking charge of their futures in positive ways. They are also reaching out to others to remind them that they aren’t alone and that labels do not define who they are.
We Are Absolutely Not Okay
Imagine being asked to pull a gun on a stranger. Or having a gun shoved in your face by the man you call “step-dad.” Envision feeling so depressed you cut yourself repeatedly or down a bottle of pills to make the pain go away. Consider what it takes to tell your parents that you are transgender, or what it feels like to have the dad you love addicted to meth.
We Are Absolutely Not Okay is a collection of true stories written by fourteen teenagers who have experienced life at its darkest but have made it through and are now picking up the pieces. By writing and sharing their stories, they are coping with their past and seizing their future. They are also reaching out to other teenagers to let them know that they are not alone and that even if their life now is Absolutely Not Okay, they have the power within themselves to make it better.
What Reviewers Are Saying:
“An interesting thing happens when you take 14 troubled teens and help them write their stories: Slowly but surely, fear and despair are transformed into empowerment and hope.” -Readers Digest Recommends
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