Help Me!: Once I slice, it relieves so much pressure, I can breathe again...

Help Me!: Once I slice, it relieves so much pressure, I can breathe again...


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A novella about a boy named Mick and his struggles with life. His parent's divorce and a friend's suicide make his world unbearable. Each "cut" has a deeper meaning. A cry for help. "I spin my dad's Ruger SP101 revolver on the wood floor of my bedroom. Sometimes, just to see what it feels like, I place the tip of the gun against my temple, but I never once pull the trigger. NO!" "I'm more into the slice of the blade against my skin and the blood running down my arm." "It relieves so much pressure.""And I can breathe again..."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781522742456
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/02/2016
Series: Help Me! , #1
Pages: 126
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.27(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Donna M. Zadunajsky started out writing children's books before she accomplished and published her first novel, Broken Promises, in June 2012. She then has written several more novels and her first novella, HELP ME!, which is a subject about suicide and bullying.
Her third novel Family Secrets, "Secrets and Second Chances", which is first in a series she is writing, was given a publishing contract through California Times Publishing.

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Help Me!: Once I slice, it relieves so much pressure, I can breathe again... 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Holly More than 1 year ago
Help Me! is the story of what bullying can do to a person. Mick is a teenage boy dealing with his parents divorce, losing his friend to suicide and dealing with bully's who make his life miserable. Layla is the one girl who is willing to talk with Mick and ends being a great friend to him but notices that he is hiding something until one night that will change the both of their lives forever. This is a quick read but it brings a strong message of bullying and suicide, a topic that needs to be addressed in school. I do believe this book needs to be in schools everywhere just for the message it brings about what bullying can do to a person. Losing someone to suicide is never easy and heartbreaking for the family and friends who are effected by it but even more for the person who went through something that nobody can understand even with all the help in the world, nobody can change their mind once it's made up. Thank You to Donna M. Zadunajsky for writing a book that brings a topic that everyone like to hide out in the open. I received this book from the Author in exchange for a honest review.
booklover- 12 months ago
Mick is depressed and suicidal following the loss of his best friend to suicide. His mother has sent him to live with his father to get a 'fresh start' away from his memories. Unfortunately, his memories have moved right along with him. He has a secret ... he's a cutter. It's the only way he can live with the guilt that he didn't know what his friend was going to do. No one knows his secret .. not even his new best friend, Layla. At first, Mick thought being in a new school would mean the bullying stopped. Seems like no matter where he goes, someone bigger, older, meaner doesn't like the way Mick talks, walks, dresses. The anonymous messages on social media just don't stop. And then he finds his father's gun ...... The author has done a credible job in researching and then writing this story. Kudos to the author. Self harm, especially when it's due to bullying, is not an easy subject to write about ... or to read. It's a thought-provoking look at the relationship between teens and how they handle one of today's hardest issues. Many thanks to the author / Netgalley for the digital copy of this novella. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Emily Sutton (age 16) for Reader Views (02/17) “Help Me!” by Donna M. Zadunajsky is the story of thirteen-year-old Mick and his struggles with life. He seems like an average teenager but he’s going through quite a bit. His parents are divorced and Mick is angry with his mom. Mick’s best friend Ray committed suicide because he was constantly bullied about being gay, and he couldn’t take it anymore. After Ray’s suicide, Mick went to live with his dad to get away from the bullies and make a fresh start. Mick deals with his pressures by cutting himself. He says it relieves the pressure so he can breathe again. Layla is Mick’s best friend. When she notices that Mick starts posting sad messages on his social media accounts she is really not sure what to do, but she ends up telling her mother, who thinks Mick may be suicidal. Layla’s mom steps in and informs people about what is going on with Mick. Because of her interference, Mick and Layla end up having a fight. Layla is worried. Will Mick get the help he needs? This book covers a lot of things that teens go through in today’s hi-tech world. There is so much pressure coming at us from every angle that I’m guessing many parents don’t even know what is going on with their kids. I know some people at school who have been bullied; it seems everyone has been at some point and to some degree. It’s not so hard to imagine being overwhelmed by it – kids are so cruel. It is hard to imagine being so depressed that you want to hurt yourself, but it is a real issue and as the author says in the book, suicide ranks as one of the top three causes of deaths in teenagers and young adults. “Help Me!” was hard to read because it really told the truth directly and was actually in your face. The voices of Mick and Layla were very clear. Mick didn’t hold back his feelings and you could really feel his despair. The characters are authentic, genuine, and totally believable. I recommend “Help Me!” by Donna M. Zadunajsky to all teenagers because I think it is good book to raise awareness about current teen-age social issues. I give it five stars. The author also includes valuable information in the front of the book about where to get help and it’s clear she did a lot of research.
224perweek More than 1 year ago
What an emotional read. I could not put it down. Read it in a couple of hours. Makes me think of a couple of kids I used to know. Very sad.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite Donna M. Zadunajsky’s book HELP ME! enabled me to understand why people choose to cut themselves. The story is about 13-year-old Mick Connors. After Mick’s best friend commits suicide, Mick falls into a deep depression. He tries to ease his pain by cutting himself. Layla Manning is Mick’s crush and new best friend. She knows Mick harms himself and wants to help him before it is too late. I think that HELP ME! is a good book for anyone who has ever considered suicide, self-harm, or even if they know someone who has done it. Zadunajsky has a gift for writing in the voice of a teenager. This book is written for young adults, but parents should read it to better understand what is going on in their child’s life. This book reminded me of my own high school years which were also filled with depression. Cutting is something I have always been curious about - why people do it. Zadunajsky helped me understand it better through Mick’s eyes. She explained his mind set and how he felt when he cut himself. I liked that Zadunajsky included actual facts about how many people commit suicide a year. Zadunajsky also touched on the effects of bullying in this book. More people need to be aware of their actions and the harm bullying causes. My favorite thing about this book was Layla’s quotes. The one that spoke to me the most and is now my favorite saying is: “Before you leave me again, tell me, so I can let you know if I’m ready to watch you go…”