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New Book Review For Adolescent Girls

Posted on: January 31, 2011

Rae:
My True Story of Fear, Anxiety,
and Social Phobia
Chelsea Rae Swiggett
Health Communications, Inc., 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7573-1527-5
$11.95

Rae is a true story of an adolescent girl who
really struggles with different psycho-social
aspects of her life. She feels really uncertain
of herself and everyone around her, and is unable
to function socially. In addition, she is very
shy, and awkward when she is around adolescents
her own age.

Rae suffers from frequent panic attacks. For
instance, Rae panics when a plane flies overhead.
When she is called on in class to speak up or to
make a presentation, this sends her over the
edge. She fears the unknown, life, death, people,
and even fear itself.

By the time Rae reaches ninth grade, she feels
completely isolated, and convinced that everyone
is mocking her, judging her, and picking her
apart. What a painful way to live. No one can
keep living this way for too long without some
help and encouragement.

As I read this book, I started remembering how
awkward I felt when I was an adolescent, and how
difficult social interactions with my peers were
for me. I found the book absolutely entrancing.
The book is written in a style that adolescents
will understand and be able to relate to. After
reading this book, hopefully adolescent girls
will take steps not to fall into similar patterns
of destructive patterns and behaviours.

Rating: 5 Roses out of 5

Reviewed by Irene S. Roth

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