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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. 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." -- publisher's website.… (more)
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Clearly a raw, emotional read that would connect with teen girls going through similar tumultuous experiences but the book ended so abruptly and lacked narrative conclusion - it is a memoir so sometimes life doesn't have a neat and tidy ending but I finished reading this book wanting more. ( )
  scout101 | Sep 15, 2020 |
The book does a great job of describing just how teenage depression feels. There is no neat clean happy ending but there usually isn't. Consider this more of a glimpse into her life rather than a entire story with a clear beginning and end.
  Vantine | Apr 1, 2020 |
Felt incomplete. Couldn't connect with the main character. (Maybe this was intentional?) Not a fan of the art.
  aratiel | Sep 5, 2018 |
The author writes about how she had a nervous breakdown and spent some time in an institution where she finally learned how to take care of herself. As you go through the book you get her friends opinions on what is going on with her and how they weren't always able to see the problems. The reader also gets to see Stacy's past and how some things that happened when she was younger directly affected her behavior's as an adult.

I thought this did a great job showing how things that happen when your younger can directly affect your mental health when you're older without the person even realizing it. I believe that the perspective of her various friends also told us a lot about the kind of person Stacey was and the changes she went through without being preachy about it. The black and white illustrations were perfect. They fit the serious tone of the story and let the subject really shine through. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
The author writes about how she had a nervous breakdown and spent some time in an institution where she finally learned how to take care of herself. As you go through the book you get her friends opinions on what is going on with her and how they weren't always able to see the problems. The reader also gets to see Stacy's past and how some things that happened when she was younger directly affected her behavior's as an adult.

I thought this did a great job showing how things that happen when your younger can directly affect your mental health when you're older without the person even realizing it. I believe that the perspective of her various friends also told us a lot about the kind of person Stacey was and the changes she went through without being preachy about it. The black and white illustrations were perfect. They fit the serious tone of the story and let the subject really shine through. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
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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. 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." -- publisher's website.

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