Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Luckiest Girl in the World

The Luckiest Girl in the World by Steven Levenkron focuses on a teenage girl named Katie. At first it seems like Katie has a lot of positive things in her life. She is an ice skater, has a supportive mom, and attends a good school.

However appearances can be deceiving. She feels so much pressure from ice-skating, her mom, and kids at school being mean to her, that she decides to cut herself in order to ease her pain. Is this the right way to deal with life stressors? I do not think so. Towards the end of the book Katie finally gets therapy. When she enters group therapy with girls around her age it proves to be very helpful, and she cuts herself less. The group therapy girls also become her new friends.

This book is an excellent read for anyone who is interested in issues that some female teenagers face. Also it is mind opening in that it gives one understanding as to why young women sometimes fall into self-mutilation. If you or someone you know needs help with self-mutilation contact S.A.F.E. (Self-Abuse Finally Ends).

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