By Melissa-Jane Fogarty (GoodReads Feb 17, 2104)
Write AboutMe is a young adult story about a teenage runaway. But it isn't just another YAstory about love and boys and heartbreak and it certainly isn't fantasy.
It is animportant story.
Perhaps thisseems so important to me because the life of the main character Annabelle andthose around her are so close to reality that they could be real people.
From withinthe first few chapters, it is clear to the reader that Annabelle's mental stateis not quite right. She has conversations in her head with 'Anna' and 'Bell'who are both very controlling and are the ones who continually set Annabelle onthe wrong path. I found myself so frustrated with Anna and Bell, and Annabellefor not being able to stand up to them, but in reality, people who suffer frommental health problems, are controlled (to differing degrees) by theirdisorder, unless they seek help.
There are somany important elements in this story: the loss of a child, the difficulty infinding good help from the authorities in locating missing teens, undiagnosedmental health problems, domestic abuse of children and drug and alcohol useamongst teens. I feel as though most people can relate to at least one of thoseissues.
In spite ofall the sadness though, there were light-hearted, happy moments and those were whatreally created the much needed balance whilst reading such a devastating story.
I could talkfor hours about this book, but instead of giving too much more away you hadbest read it for yourself and discover all the highs and lows that I myselffelt while reading this story.