Dear Shannon McLinden,
Drugs, eating disorders, lonely and misunderstood girls, out of control teens: These all seemed like the plot to a movie. Little did I know what I was reading was a lot closer to reality than I thought. The first time I read The Me Nobody Knew I was twelve and still very sheltered from what was going on in the real world. I read the book, liked it and remember thinking I will never let myself get that out of control.
In high school everything changes. I found myself struggling to find out where I fit in. I had friends, I received good grades, and I was walking around school with a smile on my face. On the outside I appeared happy but on the inside I felt lost. A part of me felt like I was being fake, but mostly I felt like I had nothing to complain about, I had brought this on myself right? I thought for sure no one would understand the way I was feeling, not even my best friend.
When I was seventeen I read The Me Nobody Knew for the second time. This time instead of looking through a window at someone else's life, I felt more like I was looking a mirror. Suddenly I didn't feels so alone, not just because a character from a book related to me but because I realized the person sitting next to me in class probably felt the same way.
The secret lives that teenagers live are not so secret. Alone, misunderstood, and scared are feelings that every teenager goes through at some point. While everyone struggles on a different level, it always can help to have someone to lean on. Your book helped me to realize that even if we all have our own problems we are all a little more alike than we may think.