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Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws Paperback – May 2, 2006
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Kate has authored several award-winning books in the field of Women and Gender Studies, including GENDER OUTLAW: ON MEN, WOMEN, AND THE REST OF US, and MY GENDER WORKBOOK which she is currently updating for a second edition after 15 years.
Her 2006 book, HELLO, CRUEL WORLD: 101 ALTERNATIVES TO SUICIDE FOR TEENS, FREAKS, AND OTHER OUTLAWS propelled Kate into an international position of anti-bully advocacy for marginalized youth which has earned her two citations of honor from the New York City Council and garnered praise from civil rights groups around the globe. Kate's books are taught in five languages in over 200 colleges and universities around the world.
Kate lives in New York City with her girlfriend, three cats, two dogs, and one turtle.
Photo Credit: Barbara Carrellas, 2012.
Top Customer Reviews
I haven't felt hope in nine months. This book gave me hope.
The book is written as though she's talking to you. Reading through this book is like talking to an **experienced** friend who has all sorts of suggestions. With each suicide alternative she usually also refers to other books/media to check out if you're interested.
I've read the first part of the book 3 times since it was given to me less than a year ago. Yet, I still haven't entirely read through all the alternatives - I typically find something that I can work on that helps me feel better. Hello Cruel World *always* helps if I can remember to reach for it, but sometimes I just can't even make it to my bookshelf. This book is especially helpful if you're dealing with LGBT and gender issues.
The best part about Hello Cruel World is that it's easy to read when you're depressed. Nothing is easy to read when you're depressed, right? It was written intimately and warm and each of the alternatives is written with a brevity that makes it bearable. Her cheesy humor somehow works when you're wanting to kill yourself. Just flip to something that sounds interesting and it's hardly a chore to read it.
I let a friend borrow the book a couple weeks ago but this is one of those books that I need to keep track of because I never know when I'll need it again. I'm actually here to purchase a copy for that friend because I really need mine again. =P
BTW: Just a tip - If you're transgender MtF I recommend Julia Serano's "Whipping Girl" before reading Kate's "Gender Outlaw" or any other trans specific books.
Hello, Cruel World is the best depiction I have seen of the real world of troubled teens. It accurately locates the bully as the most common cause of self-esteem issues that can take years, even decades, to resolve. Kate's only rule for readers is "don't be mean," and that is certainly the most obvious characteristic of every bully I've ever faced. Kate's winning personality and irresistible sense of humor prevail over the heavy topic matter. Her writing is inspired, passionate, and empathic. There is little if anything that goes uncovered here. (Well, okay, she includes "sex worker" but omits "drug dealer" and "rock and roller" from her list of freak-admissible careers in alternative 34, "Sing for your Supper." I mean, if you're going to include the Unholy Trinity, you might as well go all the way, right?)
Actually, my only real quibble with this book (and it is a quibble) is that I thought this book might be even "safer" if the cover were more discreet. I admit that it's a bit busy for my taste, but perhaps a plain cover would have been even better for the sake of the kids who might have to sneak around with this book.
1:In high school, we didn't kill the freaks - we did something worse - we made them want to kill themselves.
2:The next time you want to kill yourself - kill the offending part of yourself instead- selective serial suicide.
3: I want to become that which I'm most attracted to.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. I love Kate Bornstein's writing. Highly recommend.Published 5 months ago by Danielle Paris
I'm convinced that Kate Bornstein is a gift to this world. If you're someone who has struggled with suicidal thoughts or even had a few moments in your life where your thoughts... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sourdough Pretzel
I downloaded this book on the evening following my daughters best friends funeral. When a 16 year old girl (guy) takes her own life it makes you sit back and look at the world... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very unique book. Definitely not for everyone, but I found it helpful and funny and comforting. It made me feel less alone and the author is so genuine and caring and so filled... Read morePublished 13 months ago by TwistedVixen67
This book is so funny and creative, just reading it is enough to take one's mind off suicide.Published 18 months ago by Tamar Shapiro-Tamir
i have started this and enjoy it very much. had to read another book, gender outlaw, by KB for a college class and thought this was interestingPublished 20 months ago by SRob