Nina O'Daniels

nodaniels@fz.k12.mo.us

Shannon Grieshaber

grieshaber.reads@gmail.com

Created in 2017

May 16, 2018

Social anxiety is real. Is debilitating, crippling, panic-inducing, and isolating and everytime the main character Vicky suffered through a bought of it, I felt her pain along side her. I’ve been that girl before, heck, even as an adult, I’ve been that girl. Unfortunately, Vicky doesn’t have a diagnosis but suffers through it and gets by with the help of her best friend, Jenna. Until Jenna and her family move to Wisconsin and she is left, literally, alone. Her mom brushes this off as being shy and like any well-wishing parent who doesn’t understand her daughter is sixteen, not six, encourages...

March 20, 2018

When Ozzie’s longtime boyfriend, Tommy, literally disappears from the world, Ozzie (literally) feels like the universe is shrinking.  As his world gets smaller each day, Ozzie spirals into depression and bounces from therapist to therapist. He still has his best friends but he feels a distance from them ever since the universe started shrinking.  When he begins a new relationship with classmate, Calvin, his mental health issues extend to sexual health issues and Ozzie feels more confused than ever. Even though Ozzie can be completely obnoxious (rude to his parents, impatient with his friends,...

October 18, 2017

Finally! A new John Green book!  John Green fans, rejoice!  It’s been since 2012 since we’ve had new JG material.  I must warn you, though, don’t expect this new novel to have the same tone as TFIOS which featured teens dying of cancer in a really beautiful, poetic, sweet, often-funny, and tragic way.  Turtles All the Way Down is the exact opposite of TFIOS.  It’s a raw, gritty, painful, often-difficult to read, brutal look at the reality of anxiety and OCD and the thought spirals that go along with these disorders.  Although the plot includes a love interest, there is nothing romantic about t...

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