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  • 05/2015
  • 9780996317504
  • 290 pages
  • $12.99
Dear Stephanie
Mandi Castle, author
Paige Preston wants to end her life. After an unsuccessful attempt, she lands herself in mandatory therapy with a sexy psychiatrist. When he and an even more alluring friend begin to help her break down the walls she’s spent a lifetime building, Paige begins to see something bigger than herself. Is it enough to pull her out of her dark world and help her finally feel like a human? Or will letting someone in be the final step toward her demise? Dear Stephanie is a sinfully addictive walk through a world of beauty, affluence, and incidental love that effortlessly moves the reader between laughter, tears, heartache, and hope with the turn of every “Paige.”
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Dear Stephanie is a tale of a woman’s battle against mental illness and her own efforts to self-sabotage her entire existence. In spite of her privileges and mind-games, Paige’s story is one of connection and relationship and self. It’s a tale of maybe true love and definitely true love, and loss, and hope, and wonder, and deep, indescribable pain.

It made me laugh.

It made me cry.

It made me angry.

In the end, closer acquaintance with Paige brings us to a point of compassion and empathy, and Castle is skilful in writing a character whose excesses and outbursts are utterly re-framed by understanding, and it dawns on us that we’ve begun to care for her.

We cheer her on in her struggles.

We ache when she hurts.

And when she yearns to die, laments life, and makes plans to end it all…we’re left beating our palms fruitlessly against the windows of this tale, wishing we could step in assuage her hopelessness, and somehow make it alright again.

This book matters, because (in addition to being a gorgeously rich and masterfully-constructed story) it opens a window into mental health awareness, and creates an engaging character who nonetheless struggles with some enormous emotional and mental health issues. By generating engagement and conversation through such a highly relatable character, Dear Stephanie helps to kick back against the stigma surrounding these matters, and hopefully paves the way for allowing people to feel less alone.

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 05/2015
  • 9780996317504
  • 290 pages
  • $12.99

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