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Chasing Nirvana by [Oaksmith, Ellyn]
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  • Expect to be moved by this heartfelt novel. Written with the warmth and humor of movie classics like The Breakfast Club and Pretty in PinkChasing Nirvana explores new ground in the throes of one teenager's life. Fran navigates the complexities of being gay and fitting in, all with a little inspiration from Kurt Cobain and Nirvana."  -Laura Spinella, #1 Kindle bestselling author of the Ghost Gifts Novels and Unstrung
  • I loved it. 'Chasing Nirvana' was written for the young adult audience, but anyone who lived through the crazy time that was the '90s will enjoy this book.   -- Dana King-Esquer, USA Today Bestselling author
  • This is such a beautiful story. The best LGBTQ+ book I've ever read. It's super meaningful and I love everything about it. - Blushing Bibliophile
  • A fun and quirky novel with relatable characters. Truly a gem of a book. - To Be Read 

From the Author

This book was definitely the toughest book to write. After I finished the first draft, which was all from the main character's point of view, I realized that it was too dark and myopic. Fran is in her own head and when her head is messed up from being bullied, well, that just wasn't the tone I wanted for the entire story. Maybe someone could have made that draft work but it wasn't going to be me. What I figured out is that Fran's depression and her world view was mine at her age. I wasn't bullied or from a single parent home but I did suffer from depression. Those feelings of loneliness, hopelessness and isolation that Fran feels were and are very real to me. In order to write something as intense as Chasing Nirvana I had to experience those feelings. My adolescence wasn't easy. Happily for me I finally got help for my depression but it wasn't until I was twenty-five. A therapist once told me that the silver lining of my depression - the ability to write, to go within myself and channel all that angst into stories, was the gift of going through all that pain. I decided to make Fran a photographer so that she could have her own gift - an ability to share her world which does help lessen the pain. I think everyone should have some kind of art to express themselves. I think it would make the world a better place.

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  • File Size: 607 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Emoticon Publishing; 1 edition (November 3, 2017)
  • Publication Date: November 3, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,144 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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