Books resources Young Adult

If You Feel Too Much: Thoughts on Things Found and Lost and Hoped For by Jamie Tworkowski

I know you’re wondering: what this book is about? This title is not my typical read. But you see. dear reader, it IS. I like to read books about people like me. And Jamie, sometimes, feels like me.

If You Feel Too Much: Thoughts on Things Found and Lost and Hoped For by Jamie Tworkowski

As I sit here on a beautiful patio overlooking a beautiful Sioux Falls, South Dakota, I’m enjoying the sun and the breeze and being outside. Alive.

And many people, because of heartache, trauma or other circumstances don’t get to be alive for very long.  The author, Jamie Tworkowski, suffers from depression. And he’s met many people in his young life who suffer also. Some from depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, cancer, negativity, you name it. Young Jamie started an organization called TWLOHA in response to a young woman he encountered who was a cutter.  Jamie and his friends successfully kept this woman alive until she could enter rehab.

This experience encouraged Jamie to to want to encourage others. To tell them that they are not alone and that they matter. That they have a friend; in him and in the other people who believe the same things he believes.

It’s nice, this book. It’s a compilation of Jamie’s  blog posts. It’s like insight into his brain. Jamie’s not afraid to admit that he’s sad, confused, and cries alot. Most people suffering from depression do. But they’re afraid to admit it.

That’s why I chose to review this book.  I want you to know that if you’re struggling with something: depression, suicidal thoughts, addiction, cutting, ANYTHING, that there is hope and that you have a friend.

You have me. I’ve been there.

You have Jamie.  His non profit movement, To Write Love on Her Arms can help you get started. Its located at 

Jamie and I want you to remember that you’re not alone.

Please remember that.

Teens, especially, who feel different, marginalized or for whatever reason feel like they don’t fit in, might need to know this.  You matter.

To me.




#DayOfLight Bringing Depression Out of the Dark

Join Pushing Lovely and me on the #DayOfLight, Wednesday, February 5th. We are taking to social media to bring depression out of the dark.


Friends, listen to me carefully. I’m rarely serious but every once in a while it’s important to be serious; and I’m serious about helping others get rid of depression.  That’s why I’m joining a bunch of lovely ladies to highlight depression and its insidious ways it has to hurt people I love and the devastating effects it has on those around it.

What is Depression?Depression is a common but serious mental illness typically marked by sad or anxious feelings. These feelings tend to linger for periods longer than 2 weeks at a time and interfere with daily activities. Depression does not discriminate based on age, race, gender or sexuality.You are not alone. Depression is often an illness of isolation. People suffer in silence, and frequently feel as if they are alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) more than 20 million people in the United States suffer from depression. Join Pushing Lovely as we work together to bring depression out of the dark and declare February 5th, 2014 the #DayOfLight.What is #DayOfLight?#DayOfLight was created to shine a light on depression, and share resources for those who are struggling with the mental illness. Bloggers from all over the country are collaborating on Wednesday, February 5th to flood social media with personal stories about living with depression, and accurate information on managing and living with the mental illness.How Can You Participate?

  • Write a blog post sharing your personal experience of depression and/or share resources to help others. Add the #DayOfLight hashtag in your post title.
  • Watch the #DayOfLight Google Hangout on Wednesday, February 5th at 11 AM EST. Tweet and ask questions. (
  • Participate in the #DayOfLight twitter chat on Wednesday, February 5th at 9 PM EST (follow @PushingLovely@NotoriousSpinks, and @BrandiJeter for more information).
  • Turn your social media avatars black and white on Wednesday, February 5th so we can visually represent all of those affected by depression.
  • Share inspiring tweets, posts, and photos  on social media to encourage those who are suffering with depression to let them know that they are not alone. Use the hashtag #DayOfLight.
  • Need resources? Check out this link:


Know that you’re not alone, friends. Children can also suffer from depression which hurts PammyPam even worse.  Please get help, seek out a friend (like me!), and don’t be ashamed to tell someone you are hurting.  Join us for #DayOfLight on Wednesday.  If you can’t make it Wednesday, give a shout to me or one of my Pushing Lovely friends.

You are not alone.  Whether you want me or not; I’m here for you.

Blogging from A to Z Challenge Books Young Adult

E #atozchallenge

Hooray for E!


E is the letter for titles such as Empty and Everwild!

Unconventional Librarian empty

Empty, by KM Walton, is a story of a teen who faces lots of disappointment, self loathing and depression.  Based on reviews I think this is a must read for everyone so we can spot the warning signs when teens need help.  I have a feeling this book could be coupled with Skinny by Donna Cooner.

Everwild is part of the Skinjacker series by Neal Shusterman.

Unconventional Librarian

Have you read this series?  The covers are scary but so intriguing!  I’ve heard good things about this series from many people: kids and adults.  Everwild picks up with dead children who are in limbo.  How interesting (and creepy) is that?

I don’t think I’ll read this series before I go to be at night…