I wonder just how many of the people we know in our real lives have these issues. It sounds like this book really struck a nerve with you. I really want to read this one! Please enter me in the giveaway! This sounds like a really interesting book. What a difficult thing that must be to live with anxiety and fear to such a degree.
It sounds like she is really trying to help others overcome their fears. Another winning story that I must read! I like how these address such real teen issues, heck I might get a thing from them because I do suffer from anxiety!!!! This whole series sounds good. Page Inman page46 gmail. I so want to read this book…it's on my wishlist, so I would love a chance to win it.
I remember having a hard time in school over similar situations. I don't remember fearing school and trying to get out of it whenever I could, but it wasn't very pleasant for me until I got to high school. HS was no where near as bad as middle school, which seemed to be the cursed years for me.bgd.qc.ca/advances-in-multimedia-information-processing-pcm-2004.php
However, I dealt with the opposite situation of being called bulimic and anorexic because I was prone to fainting spells and was always really small. As someone who has suffered with anxiety for many years I would love to read someone elses story and learn how she has coped and gotten through her battles. Thanks for entering me into this giveaway. This is something I've struggled with all my life. I'd love the chance to read how Chelsea dealt with it. Comments I would love to win a copy of Rae's book! I'm, under no lesser terms, the opposite of a 'people person. But humanity is kind of a nationwide epidemic, as any die-hard Buffy fan would quote, so I hobble myself down the sidewalk and into the glass doors of my high school.
I walk down the halls, watching my admittedly ugly tennis shoes clomp themselves over shiny tiles.
I try to stay on one line as I make my way to my locker and on to homeroom. When I get to my seat and classes start, the evaluation begins. You know how people say you are your own toughest critic? I zone out once the teacher starts talking, and the only thing I think about is how people view me. I check my breathing to make sure I can't be heard. I yank my shirt and pants so there's no way anyone can see an inch of me.
I bite my lip and suffer through what I'm sure is just an assessment of how I look, cleverly disguised as 'Homeroom. Everything comes down to how I act, too. I know I'm quiet, but I'd rather go unnoticed than say something wrong and be insulted for it. Right now, I'm on the edge of my seat, waiting for my name to be called for attendance. Waiting, in dread, to speak out the word 'here.
Everyone starts talking in whispers while the rest of the attendance is called. I hear everything I'd ever want to know about X's party or A's concert. People always talk like nobody's listening in. It's not like I eavesdrop on purpose, but if someone's having a conversation right next to a ghost, that poor ghost can't help but pick up a few disjointed words.
Sometimes I wonder what it'd be like to be someone else, like the girl two rows up and one seat over who had 'an awesome time' this weekend. If we somehow pulled a Freaky Friday with our minds, would life be easier? But I know it'd be nice to not care so much. To just let things go and be happy and carefree. I made a promise to myself that this year, my freshman year in high school, would be different. I moved from my last school in Berea to get a fresh start here at Avon Lake. I was done being labeled 'mute,' and I thought with a new school I could make myself over and be a new, outgoing person.
As it turns out, it doesn't matter what school I'm at; I'm still chronically shy. While everyone else is busy talking like normal teenagers, I'm doodling. It's pretty depressing when someone who can't even draw a basic stick figure is resorting to 'art' just to busy herself. There are lumps of mashed potatoes where my clouds are supposed to be. The bell rings, and I'm five minutes closer to the end of the day. Welcome to my life.
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It would have been nice to see that she could have made it through high school like the rest of us, and getting through those hard times as well. It just doesn't give me much help in the end, knowing she got the "easy way out", when so many of us don't have that option. Mar 13, Sab H. YA Bliss rated it really liked it Shelves: It's quite impossible to rate or review someone's life. Thus, for this review I wont comment on the story or plot except to say that thank you, Chelsea, for being so brave and sharing this.
Instead, I will comment on her writing. We all know from reading her blog that she is a wonderful writer, but this book really surprised me. Chelsea managed to talk about a very hard issue while keeping the tone light and even incorporating some amazing humor without turning the story into a mock of itself.
I It's quite impossible to rate or review someone's life. If that makes any sense. Chelsea's awesome writing voice makes the story flow easily. I have no previous experience with anxiety of any kind. I grew up in a very different culture, which I tend to consider a somewhat happier culture for kids and teens. Where, thankfully, don't have many bully-related problems. But as a mom currently living in US, I'd say teachers and specially parents, must pick up this book. It's very eye-opening and explains very clearly how to detect this kind of issue.
Also, I flatter myself to being a fiction reader. And I just realize that mostly because I dont enjoy biografies. But reading Rae, made me realize that I hadn't read a memoir What's so different about fiction and memoirs? Well, a lot in fact. But in terms of story, isn't fiction supposed to feel as real as possible? What could possibly be more real that a real-life story? Anyhow, enough with my big epiphany. I will read more memoirs from now on, because I really enjoyed this. Aug 26, Jennifer rated it it was amazing. Written in a non-linear manner, Chelsea explains to the reader what it was like for her living with fears and phobias and finally seeing a therapist.
My concern with this book was two-fold; why was her obsession with weight loss never addressed and wh From My Book Review Blog, Rundpinne. My concern with this book was two-fold; why was her obsession with weight loss never addressed and why did no one notice she was not eating and losing so much weight? As a parent of teens, I saw so many warning signs and could not help wondering why no one noticed.
As someone with panic attacks and agoraphobia I wondered why, when Chelsea went to the therapist, she was not in behavioral therapy, and was rather shocked when the therapist recommended her being isolated further. I applaud Chelsea for having the strength and the courage to seek help and hope she continues with therapy to resolve her issues not only with death and dying but also with her sense of self, body image and her issues with food. Mar 25, Erica rated it it was amazing. I loved this book. Parts made me so angry and others made me want to cry.
I really could connect with, and on a deeper level than just connecting with the book, as I suffer from anxiety and I could see aspects of myself throughout the entire book. It really makes you realize you are not alone in the world.
Rae: My True Story of Fear, Anxiety, and Social Phobia
Chelsea is so brave to share her story with the world. Rae is so beautifully written. I really hope that Ms. Swiggett writes more books in the future, as she has a voice that was I loved this book. Swiggett writes more books in the future, as she has a voice that was so enticing. Reading her story, so many emotions came to pass. When she'd talk about certain events, I'd get so angry at some of the people and just want to yell at them, where others I just downright started crying at the fact people could be so horrible.
Thank you Chelsea for sharing your story. I think this is the kind of book you could hand to a girl who suffers from anxiety to read, and empower her and realize that she isn't alone. People can be mean, and that's the truth, but if we all band together, we can fight back. Rae is that book. Mar 26, Jessica B rated it really liked it Shelves: And boy am I glad I did. Rae is an autobiography or memoir? I'm not sure what the difference is , and I've never read one, so I was nervous before starting it. I shouldn't have been.
Because of it's short length and completely addicting writing, I finished it in less than 24 hours. Swiggett has an undeniable gift for writing. It's intense, emotional, and just amazing. It had me glued to the pages. I didn't know much about social anxiety before reading Rae, but it really is a sad and horrible thing. While reading you just want to reach into the book and give Chelsea a hug.
It feels weird to say that I enjoyed Rae, when the author obviously didn't enjoy this time in her life, but I did find myself grabbed by this tale. I'm so glad that Swiggett chose to share her story with us, and I can't wait to read anything else by her. Mar 26, Anna rated it it was amazing Shelves: I find it so hard to write a review about a book about someone's life - especially someone that I know. While I haven't met Chelsea personally, when I started blogging we chatted, and an online friendship formed from there.
Rae was a wonderfully told story. It really gave details about Chelsea's life that were It was heartbreaking and wonderful all at the same time. With Chelsea's writing it's really easy to understand someone lives with this every single day of their life. I couldn' I find it so hard to write a review about a book about someone's life - especially someone that I know. I couldn't imagine doing that. Overall, I recommend this book to every young adult reader.
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Chelsea's story is amazing. Jul 11, Myoveractive rated it really liked it. Anxiety, fear and phobias are all to prevalent in today's society, but many are afraid to tell anyone their story. Rae's story shows how fears and anxieties affect lives. Many of us who suffer with anxietes muddle our way through life in "relative silence". If you suffer with this disorder, know you are not alone. Thank you Rae for sharing your experience. Project Owner for My Overactive Imagination. Sharing stories from those who suffer in silence.
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Jul 07, Ashlaya rated it it was ok Shelves: I guess it's worth it as an introduction to what it is to have social phobia and anxiety, but I did not like it. There are parts where, for example, the author uses other medical conditions or neurodivergences as insults, for herself or others, and it's kind of boring and sometimes even annoying to read.
I understand that maybe she does this to move her own fears of judgement onto others or something, "get them before they get you". But she does this until the end of the book. I'm happy that she l I guess it's worth it as an introduction to what it is to have social phobia and anxiety, but I did not like it. I'm happy that she learned what she had, got help and found her own path, though. Jan 18, Igor rated it it was amazing. I order from amazon and after two week I got it. I really understand feelings that have Rae in school. Especially part about spanish class and last part about visiting psychiatrist.
She wrote all about her feelings, fear as-is, and nobody can understand her. But I was happy to now what in end, she have found friend by her interest and they often spent time together. I recommend this book for those who have social phobia and like read about irrational fear. Jun 23, Kathleen Dixon marked it as didn-t-finish Shelves: This book has apparently been useful to a number of teens sharing the same debilitating fears, and I'll keep it in mind for if I know any teenagers who could do with reading a book by one of their peers.
For me, I couldn't get past how depressing the pack mentality is and how miserable life is for kids and adults who don't fit in, and I couldn't read beyond the first 20 pages. I really really just want to hug this girl, because I have finally read a book I can really truly identify with, in terms of anxiety disorder. I like how it was written, like a teenager, and it clicked with me immediately. Her story is so similar to mine in many ways, and I really loved this book for it. Apr 08, Abby rated it really liked it Shelves: Sep 10, Debbie rated it it was amazing. I can really related to Chelsea's story, i had social phobia,fear and anxiety in school and long after school.
Mar 27, Karolyna rated it it was amazing. Wow, I absolutely loved this book. She describes all her feeling exactly how I feel them. I also love how she added a bit of humour.