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  • Keywords
    • healing grief,
    • loss of a sibling,
    • high school drama,
    • teenage protagonist,
    • mental health,
    • self-harm,
    • cutting

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For Josh
by Patty Mepham

Trish had dreams once: dreams of graduating high school, getting into ballet school, and becoming a renowned dancer, with her parents and big brother cheering her on all the while. But those dreams died with her brother. Ever since Josh’s fatal car accident, Trish has been a shell of her former self, and her family has struggled to keep it together. Now, her father hides in his work and her mother drinks her tears away. While Trish silently blames herself for Josh’s death, both of her parents struggle with their own guilt. Neither one can look beyond their own sorrow to see how deeply Trish is hurting and needs help too. So, Trish must find a way to survive the storms of grief on her own. She learns to hide, learns to numb, and learns to bury her joy to ease her pain. But self-destruction is a desperate crutch, not a cure, and Trish knows it. As she navigates her family’s disfunction, her best friend’s own crises, and the treacherous waters of teenage romance, she must find a way to power through and dig deep—to find the strength she needs to heal before it’s too late and her family fully tears itself apart.

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Ever since she was a teenager, Patty Mepham has found solace in writing; putting pen to paper has helped her through many storms in her own life. Now, Patty strives to take her life experiences and find ways to use them to help others. Through her fiction, she hopes to encourage teens who may be struggling like she did through this often-tumultuous time of their lives. If you or someone you know is struggling and needs someone to talk to, please call the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868.


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