The Craigslist Incident by Jason Fisk

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This story was so emotional for me. I feel like it really highlights the struggles to get support for mental health. I felt so invested in these characters, and I couldn’t stop reading.

Edna’s father passed away, and she’s really been struggling. She decides to put a hit out on herself in a Craigslist ad. Joe responds to Edna’s ad, and we are taken on an emotional story that jumps between the two characters’ POVs.

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Must Love Books by Shauna Robinson

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such a beautiful story! There’s some romance in this, but it’s really about a young woman trying to figure out what she wants her life’s path to be like. I really enjoyed watching her navigate the frustrations of a downsizing company and how she tries to solve for her pay cut.

The romance felt real to me. I liked the chemistry between the two characters, and I enjoyed the entire arc of their relationship.

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I’m So Glad You’re Here by Pamela Gay

Rating: 3 out of 5.

My Synopsis:

I’m So Glad You’re Here is a memoir written by Pamela Gay. She shares her very traumatic early life experiences and how those shaped her life. Pamela witnessed her father’s forced removal from their family home at a young age. He was restrained and wheeled out right in front of her, leaving a terrible mental imprint on her. Pamela’s family later moved to Florida leaving her behind, which further impacts her mental health.

Pamela shares with the reader that she was later diagnosed with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. She tries a multitude of methods to help her, but finally finds eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) as a therapy method and finds that it helps her. This leads her to the beginning of her healing process.

How I Felt:

Pamela Gay’s story was written with such an honest, emotional voice. I thought that she was very open about her experiences and her recovery process, and I appreciated that. She talks a lot about her family’s dynamic, how they interacted with one another, and also about their mental health history. I like how this information helped to shape her story, and I found it very interesting.

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