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How I Made It to Eighteen : A Mostly True Story
by Tracy White


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How do you know if you're on the verge of a nervous breakdown? For seventeen-year-old Stacy Black, it all begins with the smashing of a window. After putting her fist through the glass, she checks into a mental hospital. Stacy hates it there but despite herself slowly realizes she has to face the reasons for her depression to stop from self-destructing.  Read more...


 
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Overview

How do you know if you're on the verge of a nervous breakdown? For seventeen-year-old Stacy Black, it all begins with the smashing of a window. After putting her fist through the glass, she checks into a mental hospital. Stacy hates it there but despite herself slowly realizes she has to face the reasons for her depression to stop from self-destructing. Based on the author's experiences, "How I Made it to Eighteen" is a frank portrait of what it's like to struggle with self-esteem, body image issues, drug addiction, and anxiety.

"How I Made It to Eighteen" is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781596434547
  • ISBN-10: 1596434546
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publish Date: June 2010
  • Page Count: 151
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-18
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Young Adult Fiction > Comics & Graphic Novels - Coming of Age
Books > Young Adult Fiction > Social Themes - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 52.
  • Review Date: 2010-02-01
  • Reviewer: Staff

White's story of a 17-year-old girl's ordeals with depression, addiction, and body image issues is all the more powerful because of its basis in truth. The story follows Stacy Black, whose nervous breakdown leads to her decision to check into the Golden Meadows Hospital for mental health. Given the thinly veiled name of the protagonist, it's no surprise that White is upfront about the events being drawn from her own experiences. Stacy begins with the simple goal of finding a way to be happy with her life again. What follows, though, is life-changing realizations about her drug dependency, her relationship with her mother, and her insecurities about her boyfriend. In the end, her most unexpected revelation is how serious her body image issues are, how much she'd accepted them as an ordinary part of her life, and how much damage they've done to her. White's very simple hand-drawn, b&w artistic style enhances the personal touch of the work, creating the effect of an illustrated diary. While text-heavy, the narration is clear-eyed and affecting. Ages 14-up. (June)

 
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