Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple

Hopkins, Ellen.
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2007
ISBN 1416903569
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Three teens with one thing in common.  They have each entered Aspen Springs Center after an unsuccessful suicide attempt.  Tony has taken an overdose.  Vanessa has slit her wrist.  And Conner shot himself in the chest.  And now they are beginning their journey to understanding.  Told in alternating chapters we learn about the events in their lives that led them to this place.  Tony's  mother who cares little for him and would rather see him locked up in juvie than lose a boyfriend.  Vanessa who is a secret cutter.  She believes that she has the same bipolar disorder as her mother.  And Conner who has it all.  Good looks, money, brains but also an emotionally distant mother.  Will they all come to terms with what life offers?
SUBJECTS:     Suicide -- Fiction.
                        Mental illness -- Fiction.
                        Psychiatric hospitals -- Fiction.
                        Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
                        Novels in verse.

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