This month, the Book Club read Dr. Birds Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos.
In this book, James Whitman finds himself overcome with suicidal ideation, anxiety, depression, mania, and family issues such as abuse and his sister’s self-injurious behavior.
The book is written for older teens, and it poses questions such as if you feel yourself struggling, would you feel comfortable reaching out?
In the book club discussion, there was talk about how the teens were seen as more resourceful than the adults, as James was able to find therapy on his own to deal with the issues he was experiencing. James also found himself in an investigation about his sister Jorie’s expulsion from school. You could see James’s getting stronger and more vocal as the story went on.
James finds inspiration from Walt Whitman, and sometimes uses the famous author's writing to sum up his own thoughts, such as,
Dazzling and tremendous how quick the sun-rise
Would kill me
If I could not now and always send sun-rise out of
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