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The Journey Of Hannah Woods (2013)

by Helene Forst(Favorite Author)
4.06 of 5 Votes: 2
1490375805 (ISBN13: 9781490375809)
review 1: This is an inspirational book about a young girl recovering from abuse and a drug addiction. Hannah was abused from a young age and over-medicated for anxiety and depression. When she loses her only living parent, she is shipped off to live with grandparents that she never knew existed. Hannah has major trust issues, and though her grandparents, and her new friend, seem like they really care about her, she never experienced this in her old home. Hannah also has panic attacks and meets with a referred doctor who suggests ways to handle this without medication. Hannah has a long road to recovery, but when she begins to learn what a strong and willful young woman she is, she feels nothing can stop her.The whole time I read this book, I was cheering Hannah on! I definitely cou... moreld relate to Hannah being that when I younger, I suffered from severe panic attacks. I know how debilitating it can be to not be able to control how you feel, when you feel as though you are suffocating, even to the point of sometimes getting sick because of it. I love how Hannah goes from this quiet girl, afraid to stick up for herself, and crippled in fear and anxiety girl, to this very strong and brave young woman who learns her self-worth. I really enjoyed this story and I think that it could be a great witness to those in similar situations that may not be able to see the "light at the end of the tunnel" or may feel that there is no hope.I received a copy of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
review 2: I won the The Journey of Hannah Woods in a Goodreads giveaway.The Journey of Hannah Woods was a fairly easy read. It took me awhile to get into the book; however, when I finally began my journey with Hannah I enjoyed watching her emerge from the darkness of her past. Forst’s ability to address real topics truthfully is noteworthy for a first time author. Hannah struggles with typical teenage issues but her sheltered yet abusive childhood renders her incapable of self managing these issues. Hannah’s previous upbringing left her stagnated in many areas but she found strengths intertwined with the negative experiences. After tragedy strikes Hannah is given an opportunity to live the life of a “normal” teenager. Hannah’s new home offers: encouragement, love and support but the painful past clouds her ability to accept other’s motives as genuine. Hannah has some serious struggles but she is made to identify her part in her pain and recovery. In other words if she wants to be free she has to give the past its place and create the story of her future. In addition to Hannah’s emotional struggles she is battling a prescription drug addiction. Forst shows how prescription drugs find their way from helping to hurting an individual. The topic is introduced delicately; however, Hannah’s road to recovery is realistic as we witness the side effects of coming clean. I share the sentiment of another poster who thought Forst was mild in her approach but I soon realized that Forst’s goal was to ease us into the mind of Hannah Woods. This a good read for both young adults and those of us who interact with young people personally or professionally. less
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This was a very good book written by a local author who lives in East Hampton
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