Monday, December 7, 2009

I never knew


Marni is one title in a series called Louder Than Words. There are three books in the series. The two remaining titles are Chelsey, and Emily.

I had thought I knew of every disorder known to man. Well, teenagers usually fall into the typical categories, such as cutting, purging, and anorexia. However, Marni is different. She pulls out her own hair. In fact she pulls out every hair she can find including her eyelashes, her eyebrows and the hair on top of her head.

Marni is having trouble coping at home and school. Her parents are divorced and she has problems with her sister. Marni wants to be closer to her father, but as the years go on her father is more interested about his own life. In order to deal with all these pressures she plunks out her hair.

This is a really amazing book. When I first heard of it I was skeptical because it was written by a young woman. I wondered if this was a well written story or just a hodgepodge of carelessly written chapters. I was plesantly surprised and was engrossed in this book. The writing was tight and the chapters well written.

I think students looking for books about teen problems will really enjoy Marni. The topic is one not usually discussed in books and the author handles the subject very well.


The publishers has been kind enough to give me a copy for my readers. Anyone who is interested in Marni may leave a reply to this thread.

Here are the rules:
  • Current followers receive 5 entries towards the contest.
  • New followers receive 10 entries towards the contest.
  • Please leave a comment telling me if you have heard of this disorder. I'm curious to see who else knows about it.
  • The contest ends on December 21, 2009.
  • Good Luck!

10 comments:

Linna said...

I heard it on news that some students suffering from school or peer pressure will pull out their hair. But it is rare, though.

+5 current follower.

linna.hsu at gmail dot com

Wanda said...

I would love to be entered in your draw. Yes, I have heard of this disease. Thankfully, I don't know anyone who has it. I am already a follower of your blog.
wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)coom

Jessy said...

I have heard of this. On the news there was someone who was pulling it out and then eating it. They said they had to do surgery to remove the hair.

+5-current follower

Sandra said...

Just found your blog. I too am writing YA historical fiction. I just graduated from the Spalding University Creative Writing MFA program with a focus on writing for YA and children...I'd love to brainstorm more with you on writing. As for this disorder, I actually worked with a lady who had bald splotches in her scalp. Within a few years of knowing her, she was completely bald and had pulled out her eyebrows and eyelashes as well. It seemed to be a nervous affliction. She did not respond to stress or issues well at all. Very sad.

Ms. I said...

Sandra, drop me an email. I'd love to talk YA HF. :)

Bethie said...

This is a disorder I have not heard of. Must be very painful.

+10 New follower.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Sheere said...

I knew that when people feel anxious they bite their nails or pull their hair, but I didn't know that that can go to that extreme, it seems very painful..

+10 new follower

sheere.dry@gmail.com

barbrafl said...

+5 Current follower

I've never heard of this before, which is shocking, but I've heard of this book series and want to read it :)

Please enter me
barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Shooting Stars Mag said...

+10 I'm a new follower and I'd love to read this book. I didn't know the name but I had heard of this type of issue. it's very interesting.

My friend is actually writing a Louder than Words book. It should be out in 2010 I think.

Come on by and enter my giveaways too.

-Lauren
lauren51990 AT aol DOT ocm

Anonymous said...

Never heard of it!

Julie102794@gmail.com