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BN ID: 2940015999945
Publisher: RaeBeth McGee-Buda
Publication date: 12/12/2012
Series: Silenced Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 180
File size: 221 KB

About the Author

RaeBeth McGee-Buda was born in southwestern Pennsylvania in 1987, the second daughter of Rachel Yost and Arthur Curtis McGee. RaeBeth grew up loving to read and write poetry, as well as short stories. Her childhood dream was to become a teacher. Rae Beth’s dream of writing was created in her eleventh grade literature class where writing became her passion. RaeBeth married in August 2012 to her husband, Gregory Stephen Buda Jr. and resides in a small Pennsylvania town of Fairchance. RaeBeth is a full time mother of one and is expecting her second child. She graduated from American Intercontinental University with her associates in business administration. She enjoys spending her time writing and feels that connecting with readers is her main goal. RaeBeth published Silenced under her maiden name but plans to continue writing under her married name with any other works.

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Silenced 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
WOW! Where do I literally start with this book. I was intrigued by the story line and when I realized it was about a girl a teenage girl  cutting herself it made me think of a person who is really really close to me. It was like most of her story was being written. With the way Amber was treated at school because she was different, the problems with her family life, only have 1 best friend and then another who just did not seem all there at times. To even the boy who knew about her cutting herself and did not want her to do it again because he was afraid for her.  There were a few things that got to me a bit in this book. One thing I do wish the author would have gone into detail about is when she started cutting herself exactly. How did her and her friend start and why?  What was up with Casey? It was like she was a bit crazy in my opinion. She would be fine one minute, then the next be upset. I wonder if she knew the truth with Amber's family.  The way Amber treated her mom I can relate to that part because I have seen someone act that same way!  I loved reading how Amber's boyfriend was his safe haven, and I know how important it is for someone to have a safe haven when they are hurting themselves. This book really opened my eyes to what some teenagers do out their and it made me ask  questions to the person close to me about the whole cutting scene. The way the darkness was described I could almost feel it  myself in this book.  This is a hard topic for anyone to talk about as it deals with depression and the need to relive oneself from everything even for a few minutes to a day to a week.  RaeBeth hit the head of the nail on this book, and as I see there is a book 2 I am SOOOOOOOO GOING TO BUY IT.  Thank you again RaeBeth, for writing a book like this that brings something so sensitive to others and brings up the subject in a  way that is not pushy for people to understand. You write it in a way that gets others aware of things like this happening.
ZedWhisper More than 1 year ago
I finished reading the book in a surprisingly short amount of time since I began it yesterday morning before heading to work and completed it yesterday evening after work! I couldn't help it, Silenced wouldn't let me go. Whilst at work my mind kept drifting to Amber's problem with control and her addiction to cutting. We see so many books on bullies, drugs, drink issues and so on but there are very few books around (that I have read) about issues like dealing with control, for example by causing pain or eating disorders. Silenced is so well written, full of emotion and hurt yet it's all relatable so it doesn't feel like this could never happen to you or me. Amber could be any teenager suffering from a variety of family, friend and fitting-in problems but it's her thought process and the way she deals with her problems that make Silenced unique. The only disappointment is that Silenced ends with a cliff hanger so I need to wait until Raebeth releases the sequel! I'm not usually at a loss for words but I don't know how to write a review that does justice to what I have read and so I will stop here. The only thing I will say is please read Silenced by Raebeth IS worth it...
TerrisBookAddiction More than 1 year ago
When you read my review please keep in mind that Silenced is a YA book. Even though I read and review alot of books in this genre I am thirty-six years old so sometimes it's very hard to relate to a younger character. This is very true with this book. Amber is a seventeen year old girl who feels like she is unlikable, unwanted, and lied to and her whole world is falling apart. I felt like her feelings were blown way out of proportion considering her circumstances. But I guess that's what it's like being a teenager. I can certainly look back and think why was that such a big deal that was nothing.  Even though I couldn't relate to Ambers situation I could certainly relate to her addiction. I wasn't a cutter I was a drug addict. I started with the small things like pot and drinking when I was twelve and by the time I was eighteen I was an avid meth user. So much so I couldn't function without it. When Amber starts describing her withdraw and need it reminded me of that same feeling I used to get when I tried to "slow" down or when I felt I just couldn't function until I got my next fix.  This book is very emotion charged and full of ups and downs. VERY well written. I felt at times like I was reading not a character but out of a real girls diary. The story felt authentic and I think that's something that make for a great book. I like the way that at times Amber starts to realize that all though no one is going though exactly the same problems she has to deal with no body has a perfect life and everyone struggles with something. I would and will be recommending this book to to my teenage reader friends. I think there are alot of lessons for a teenage girl to learn from reading this book.
Aroma More than 1 year ago
This book was full of shocking events and gives you an insight into the life of a cutter. What’s a cutter? That’s exactly what I asked!! I have never, ever heard about cutting. Made me think of what people go through and how many of us have no clue about issues like this. My heart went out to Amber. I wanted to help her. It gave me a whole new perspective about different types of depression. Depression is very hard to deal with and until you go through it yourself, you just can’t seem to understand it. It’s not something you can control. Yes, there is help out there but not everyone knows how to reach out and seek for help. This book shows that they are not alone in the battles they face with depression. Amber is a typical teenager who wants to just fit in by being herself. She goes to school, gets good grades, finds love and still experiences what some teenagers do and its hard for her to adjust to the lies. Especially if you have been living one all your life, thanks to your own mother!!!!! I can't wait to read the next Chapter in this series!!! I think people need to read this book and get a perspective on what actually happens and how depression affects us all!!! I want to thank Raebeth Buda for educating me and bringing this issue to life. Sadly I had no idea about this and I hope that she is able to reach to anyone who may be going through this and giving them hope for a better LIFE!!!
Littlebookstar More than 1 year ago
Silenced is a story that for sure someone has experienced before. Although not everyone will relate to it, the author did an awesome job because I sure felt a connection with the main character, Amber. The story isn’t just about depression and cutting, it’s also about friendship, family, love, and growing up. What I love the most about this book is that Amber developed as a character as the story was progressing. You could see and feel how hard it is for her to resist cutting herself. Yes I do think some readers will be bothered by the part where Amber cuts her wrist. It made me flinch while reading it, but I am glad that the author did not take out the details because it made it easier for me to feel what Amber was feeling during the time she was cutting herself. Besides Amber, I also liked the rest of the characters. I really like Amber’s boyfriend, Landon. He is a year older than Amber (he’s 18) and drinks & smokes. At first you’d think “uh oh” this guy will be a bad influence to Amber. Surprisingly, he wasn’t and his character was the complete opposite of my first impression of him. He’s very important both in the story and Amber’s life. Another thing that I liked about Silenced is there’s more to “finding-my-real-father”. While Amber’s in the search for her biological father, she encounters problems with her new friend Casey and her mother who refuses to tell her the truth. At the same time though, the thing I didn’t really like is those problems with her friend and mom took more place in the story when the main point is finding who her real father is. Let’s just say she spent more time thinking about her situation with Casey and her mother than her father. Overall I recommend Silenced to contemporary lovers, to those who have been depressed or IS in this kind of situation, and to anyone, really. I’ll be on the lookout for the next book as the ending was a cliff hanger! I love cliff hangers btw as long as it has a second book (lol). I hope to see more of father daughter relationship and I can’t wait what really is up with Amber’s friend Casey.
ClaireTaylor More than 1 year ago
RaeBeth McGee Silenced Silenced Series Incredibly well written and descriptive, this book will have you gripped within a few pages. The character development was perfect for this book, and I really got to care for Amber, her family and friends. The ending makes it all hit home, but it’s what it needed. Dependent on your exposure to depression / self-harm, this book will make you think about more than just the normal teenage angst, and will open your eyes to deeper issues. I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Raebeth has done an amazing job opening up this "touchy" subject that most either ignore or don't have any clue about. Amber, who has a cutting/self harm disorder, blames her mother for her current situation. I continued to get mad at her mother as the story went on, the lies she told to or things she withheld from Amber were shocking and awful! And though by the end of the story it seems that all is going well......... until Amber learns of some upsetting news. Her depression and axiety is very real though her life seems to appear comfortable. She keeps her disorder to herself until life events make her struggle impossible. My heart went out to Amber, as I have known people with the same disorder and could feel her pain. After reading Amber’s story I could sympathize with how difficult life could be for someone, especially a teen suffering from extreme depression and utilizing cutting as an escape from her pains.I have never resorted to cutting as Amber did but I totally understand the release that it gave her. I have had my battles with depression, anxiety and the bad coping skills that come along with them. This book will help to show others that they're not alone in the troubles they face with depression. I cannot wait to see what happens in the upcoming books.
KellyColleen More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was very well written. I had no idea that cutting really even exsisted much anymore, but I can see it does. I never knew how much of a big thing it really is. It was a very emotional book, because I as well suffer from depression and to be able to relate to the character was really cool. It was an amazing read, and it leaves readers longing for the next book to come. I would recommend this read to anyone.
Leah_B_2063 More than 1 year ago
How can I even begin to review this book. It was amazing....I couldn't even put it down!! I was given this book by the author for an honest review. I really liked the way Raebeth writes. She is able to portray a vivid picture with her words and that is a plus for me when reading. I felt like I was with Amber, while she was at her low points, sitting in her bathroom cutting herself. I was really happy for Amber when things were going well for her, but I was waiting for something to go wrong. I was totally thinking it wasn't going to happen, and the story would just end happy, but fall flat of the actual message of the story. However, Raebeth pulled it all together at the end and blew me away. Her writing flowed and it was very addicting. I loved all her twists and turns and the way different situations come into play. I really loved the main character, Amber. She was a strong lead and she was a really down to earth, real person. Her life problems were real things and it wasn't overpowering, which is great because it was believable. I also loved Landon. I really need a man like that in my life. He makes my heart melt. Ladies, trust me, you will be in love. Romance isn't dead!! He was a wonderful compliment to Amber and he always made me smile. As for Casey, I wasn't a huge fan of hers because she reminded me of a friend I use to have and that brings back bad memories. She wasn't the nicest person and as things progress, I disliked her more and more. However, she was a great character for the storyline and she makes the progression make perfect sense. Overall, I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 for a real and emotional storyline, great main characters with perfect side characters, and an awesome cliff hanging ending. Raebeth, you rock and I can't wait for book 2!!
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
Silenced by RaeBeth McGee-Buda is a tough book to read.  It touches so many deep, dark areas, but does it with honesty and compassion.  It must have been very difficult to write, it has been done so very well.  Unconditional love doesn't come without tensions.
LeeRyder1 More than 1 year ago
What can I say about Silenced, The Overtaking. This is the inspirational story of Amber a girl who struggles with cutting which is a damaging and sometimes fatal result of mental illness. As she spirals downward after the death of her best friend the cutting gets worse. Amber is one of the strongest female characters I have ever met, her strength, determination, and faith are so inspiring. This book should be a must read for all middle through high school students because of the awesome message that it gives the reader. The message that there is always hope, you can fight whatever comes down the road at you, and it's ok to fail as long as you acknowledge the failure and what caused it. Raebeth Mcgee is an awesome wordsmith who really brings you into the heart of her characters and their struggles. I know that my daughter will read this book and the message will be clear. No matter what flaws you have you are beautiful and you are loved.
As_You_Wish_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I was excited to read this book as it was given to me for an honest review, and I could tell by reading about the book that I have not read anything else like it before. I was not disappointed after I got into the book. Amber's journey starts out with a move to a new home, learning that a truth she has known all her life turns out to be a lie, she starts cutting herself for release. Everything that she feels as a reader I could feel, the descriptions of the scenes in the book were amazingly well written. As I took the journey through Amber's eyes, I wanted to know more about her, about her life in general and more about the lie she's lived with all her life. Finding out the truth at a time when she did, caused Amber to spiral down into the darkness, depression sets in and she starts cutting for release. At this point I wanted to reach into the story and help her as I would with anyone whom I know in real life. She becomes friends with a few from her new school and things start to look up for Amber, her friend Casey is like a new sister to her. She also meets Landon and hits it off pretty well, he turns out to be her rock, something she can look forward too and this helps her to keep from cutting so much. The author ends on a note that has me curious, wondering what is to come and wanting to know more. I can't help it author's all have a tendency to do this to readers, some more than others. As I finished Silenced (Silenced Series) all I kept thinking about is what's next, I want to read on. And that my dear readers is what every reader wants in a book, any book they read. <3 You Raebeth, be sure to let me know when I can expect your next book!
notrow1 More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating story of a woman suffering with depression. I struggled to put this book down! Amber is a teenager who has had several changes in her life. Not only is her father not her father, but moving to a new home town and trying to make new friends has her feeling like her life is spiralling out of control. Her only respite from the emotional pain seems to come from the physical pain of cutting. I loved Amber's character. Having one set back after the other is enough to drive anyone into depression. I just wish that she didn't feel the urge to self-harm. This is an emotionally laden story that brings into focus the effects of depression. Many people feel depressed at one time or another. However, sometimes the emotional pain is too much for one person, and they resort to diversionary tactics to try to make themselves feel better. Some do extreme sports, others overeat and a few self-harm. Amber is one of those who feels the release of endorphins after she cuts. Luckily, I have never had depression so bad that I have had to go to such extremes. I've had mild depression (who hasn't?), but I completely empathised with Amber. What surprised me is that no-one seemed to suspect that there was anything wrong. I suppose that people only see what they want to see. Just like eating disorders, severe depression can lead to unhealthy and dangerous behaviour. If undiagnosed, those suffering depression can spiral down to suicidal tendencies. I have had a few people I know take their lives due to depression. I felt completely helpless, as I had moved thousands of miles away, and had not spoken to them for a while so had no inkling at all. If you or someone you know is prone to depression, I seriously suggest that medical advice be sought as soon as possible. There are medicines and support groups that may be able to help. I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Raebeth McGee has written a powerful story that is a MUST READ. Her descriptive words, and the flow of the story, carried me on a rollercoaster of emotions. I shed more than a few tears, so a tissue may come in handy! I highly recommend this book to the older YA age range (15+) and adults alike. - Lynn Worton