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The Journey of Hannah Woods Paperback – October 5, 2013
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About the Author
Helene Forst grew up on Long Island, New York. After graduating from high school, she attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook to study teaching. During her sophomore year in college, she married her high school sweetheart, Jack. They have two grown sons, Michael and Benjamin. Helene Forst is a veteran teacher, an environmental activist, and the grandma of Aidan and Sarah. The Journey of Hannah Woods is her first published novel.
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YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF ROOTING FOR THIS BRAVE YOUNG GIRL AS SHE IS WEANING HERSELF FROM PRESCRIPTION DRUGS THAT HAVE TORMENTED HER FOR YEARS.
ENJOYABLE QUICK EASY READING.
While I found it to be a great story and loved reading it, there was parts that I felt should have been done differently. I suffer from terrible anxiety and I have never had a person living in me telling me how to feel. I think thie young girl in this book had a terrible childhood of neglect from her parents and abuse from her nanny. But she seemed more like someone with maybe a dual personality disorder and possible manic. She certainly did have some anxiety but more deeper manic in my opinion. There is no way I can get over my anxiety in a few months. I've had it all of my life. It does stem from being abused by my mother and deserted by my dad, but I have never heard voices or felt like someone lived inside of me. I'm not putting the story down, I enjoyed it. I felt sorry for Hannah. She had a terrible childhood. But she also ended up early in life with the best family anyone could ask for. Friends that will let a lifetime and the therapy she needed but will honestly need for much longer. She's truly been given things that anyone in her shoes should want or need. I was happy that she ended up happy but dissapointed that the the therapist did not continue with her and diagnose her the way it read to me.
Anxiety is a real thing that most people want to sweep under the rug. Insurance companies don't want to pay for the help you need or Meds you HAVE to take to cope in the real everyday things in your life. That being said, I would recommend this book to anyone that loves a good fiction story that somewhat addresses true anxiety.
Good flow, good storyline and happy ending.
The individuals she meets afterwards seem to genuinely care about her. Emma her new friend, the therapist, even the family dog. I enjoyed the story with its introduction of surfing, hiking, ice skating, and environmental issues.
I felt the author skillfully introduced us to the many problems of Hannah and as we read the story, we grew with the character. Sharing her trials and tribulations! Though the town was fictitious, what a neat place to learn to live cleanly.
This is a good read for both young adults and those who interact with young adults on a professional level.