A Special Girl
Cynthia is a high school student, a good friend, an older sister, and essentially just a normal teenage girl. Everything seems to be going fine until she meets a new girl at school named Kathy.
Kathy is unlike anyone Cynthia has ever met before, what's more, she seems to have secret abilities that she slowly begins to show Cynthia, promising that Cynthia can do the same.
But as she tries to develop these new abilities, Cynthia continues to fail and each time, she gets hurt in some way. Kathy promises this is normal and fine, but Cynthia can't help but wonder...
This book isn't paranormal like it sounds, this is actually a true story. As a project a year ago, I interviewed a girl who has schizophrenia and I recorded her story, then turned it into a realistic fiction by changing some names and taking out some of the horrific details and very fantasy sounding things.
Mental illness should not be a taboo topic, stop treating it like one, but don't take it lightly either. Mental illness is real, don't ignore it. It is estimated that at least 1 in 5 people are forced to live with a mental illness, but most do not recognize it.
When most people hear that someone has a mental illness, they are almost treated like a whole new species, almost like they are no longer people. That or they are told to "get over it." Do you tell someone who has cancer to "Get over it?" No. Because you know that having cancer is not a choice. Neither is having a mental illness. Don't alienate them or try to pretend they don't exist. Mental illness is a real problem and we need to stop ignoring it and face the facts. "
Warning: Honestly, I think it's heartbreaking. Please read it though.
HUGE Thank You to: @cookiemonsterabby for the amazing cover!