Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Therapy by Kathryn Perez

Therapy by Kathryn Perez

Therapy by Kathryn Perez

Self Published by Kathryn Perez
February 10, 2014
Kindle Edition
Approximately 459 pages
Coming of Age

Sometimes you have to get lost in order to be found...
I’m needy.
I’m broken.
Cutting breaks through my numbness, but only opens more wounds.
Depression, self-harm, bullying....that's my reality.
Sex and guys....that's my escape.
The space between the truth and lies is blurred leaving me torn, lost and confused. And while the monsters that live in my head try to beat me-- the two men that I love try to save me.
This is my story of friendship, love, heartache, and the grueling journey that is mental-illness.

**THERAPY can be read as a standalone novel although the companion to the story, Jessica's Journal is a great addition to the read and is available now. THERAPY Ever After, a novella will provide a continuation of the story for THERAPY lovers in the summer of 2014.

WARNING: Due to possible triggering descriptions of self-harm and some sexual situations this book is not recommended for anyone under the age of 17 years old.

I stumbled upon this book with the recommendation of Colleen Hoover (Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday). 

I have to say this story is exactly as the synopsis states. Jessica is a broken young girl who is battling depression and self harm.  As a high school student, she is struggling to fit it.   This isn't the "broken" girl and "popular boy" fall in love story we have all read a  million times.  Kathryn's amazing writing has allowed us into the mind of Jessica.  You feel her pain, her hopelessness and desperation at times. We all have thought, "she is one crazy girl", but once you read this book, you will see those with mental illness with a different set of eyes.   You will feel the love and devotion Jace has for her and her relationship with Kingsley will surely make you swoon.  (We all need a Kingsley in our lives).

This book changed my life.  I view bullying in a different light, I see mental illness as that, an illness, and I have found that people enter our lives for a reason. (I honestly believe I found this book for a reason).  I would say, I recommend this book more often than any other book I have ever read.

If you are looking for a "happy go lucky" book, then find something else.  If you are looking for a book that will make you laugh and cry (sometimes, big, ugly, snotty crying), this is absolutely the book for you.

After you read this book, you will have a new appreciation for snowflakes too!

Rating: 5/5

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