Author Eric Lindstrom understands teens struggles are real. Mel’s struggles are bigger than some but none the less normal. Especially for teens.
Mel is trying her best. Trying to pretend things are fine and she is fine. Mel is far from fine but she is loved and has great support. Sometimes that isn’t enough.
Teens are hard on each other partly because they are hard on themselves. Mel and her friends are no different.
Mel needs all the strength she can muster to navigate her reality. The support is there but will she let them help her?
Realistic look at bipolar life in a family that has more than their share.
Funny, sad and uplifting.
Noggin by John Corey Whaley
You are dying at 16 and you hear about cryogenics freezing your head until they have the technology to attach it to another body sometime in the future. You have been sick for ages and there is no hope. You convince your parents that it would be a good idea to freeze your head. You expect not to come back to life but if you do it would be at least 100 years in the future. You say goodbye to your family, friends and your girlfriend.
Fast forward 5 years, you wake up. It seems to you that no time has passed. Once you adjust to your new body, which is much better than your old one and not sick, you expect to pick up where you left off. But your parents got rid of your stuff, your best friend is in Uni while you have to finish high school AND your girlfriend is engaged to a really nice guy and doesn’t want to see you.
Rather than a returning hero you have a whole new set of problems. You never liked high school and now you are a celebrity, only 2 of the 100 cryogenic recoveries has worked so you are a miracle. You don’t feel like a miracle or a celebrity, you feel sad. You miss your old life.
You go back to school and make a friend. You work towards taking your old life back. Along the road you make some sacrifices, learn some surprising things and find that you can have a new life with remnants of the old and that really is a miracle.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
by Rachel Joyce
Five stars for Harold Fry, I loved this book.
Recently retired Harold gets a letter one day from an co-worker he hasn’t seen in years, someone that he feels some regret towards. She is dying. Harold decides to reply to her letter in person, but first must walk the length of England to get to her. He leaves his wife behind and starts on a journey of remembering, maybe not resolving the past but reflecting on it along the way. He meets many people, and has some surprising experiences, some helpful, some healing. He learns that everyone has unexpected stories to tell.
This book has a few twists and turns which are unpredictable. These add depth and integrity to Harold’s story.
Highly recommended, especially to my mature customers.