As part of my 25 by 25 list I made it a goal to join a book club this year. Since my friends are not posh enough and I am pretty stretched for time as it is, I thought the best way to achieve this goal would be to join an online book club. From Left to Write is exactly that. Readers sign up for 1 of 2 monthly books and on book club day each reader shares a post relating the book they read to their own experiences. We are not reviewing the books but rather talking about how it relates to our own lives.
I developed bonds with many of them and some felt comfortable opening up to me about their problems. I interacted with adolescents with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, dissociative disorder, and quite commonly (as was the case with Violet), drug induced psychosis. What I noticed was that the adolescents who successfully completed the program were to ones who had supportive and actively involved families.
*As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.