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How I Made It to Eighteen: A Mostly True Story

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  • Posted June 6, 2011

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    How I Made it to Eighteen.

    This book was just okay for me. I was really excited to read it, and it only took about an hour to finish. I was upset when it ended because I was wanting something more. I know this is a true story and all, but it just wasn't something I'd suggest to anyone.

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  • Posted July 23, 2010

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    Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club.com

    How I Made It to Eighteen by Tracy White says it's "mostly a true story." The book tells the experiences of Stacy Black and her journey from a breakdown through therapy and institutionalization and to the other side. It's a powerful story in a simple presentation.

    With words and images, we meet Stacy's friends, and we get to read their perspectives on her personality and her actions. We see notes about Stacy from the records at Golden Meadows hospital. And we hear the words of Stacy herself. The different perspectives combine to paint a picture of a girl who wasn't sure of who she was or how she could escape her problems with depression and bulimia.

    Although the topic is dark, the book is hopeful if only because you know Stacy makes it in the end. But her journey is an important component in how she eventually emerges from treatment and carries on with her life. I recommend How I Made It to Eighteen for mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 15 and up.

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  • Posted June 27, 2010

    Glad she made it!

    I wish I'd had this book growing up. I would definitely have felt less alone. Tracy's book is a must read for everyone struggling to discover, become.and like themselves. Glad Tracy made it. Super glad she wrote and drew her story so that others fighting, as she did, might make it too.

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  • Posted June 25, 2010

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    Share Stacy's Pain

    Stacy Black is seventeen years old when she puts her fist through her boyfriend's window and decides to check herself into Golden Meadows (restoring mental health since 1938). She doesn't intend to be there that long, but as the days stretch out, she realizes she is not quite well enough to be released yet. Stacy knows her time talking to the doctors and other patients is ultimately supposed to be helping her, but she just doesn't feel it yet. With the aid of fellow patient and friend Ashley, Stacy will have to learn to ask herself the hardest question of all: Why.

    First off, I think the simple drawing style will appeal to graphic novels fans and non-fans alike. Tracy White (cute name change to protect the author's poetic licensing) has a very raw and damaged voice that will speak to young adults with the same problems. I also thoroughly liked the faded gray past flash-backs- the ones that showed the reader what had happened to Stacy to make her what she is today. A quick read and short novel that will make a large impact on the reader, and will be a book they won't soon forget.

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