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8 Things to Save a Life Part 2

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In honor of Jonah Mowry as well as all the victims of bullycide, I have created a two-part post featuring songs and books that can be used to comfort any suicidal or bullied person. However, these posts are especially for children and teens.

Since part one featured the songs, this second part will feature the books.

The Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth by Alexandra Robbins

Many teens are bullied because they are different from most of their classmates. Some of them resort to suicide because they believe they will suffer the same treatment all throughout their life. With this non-fiction book, the author presents what she calls “the quirk theory”, which states that the things that cause them to be bullied in high school will be the things that people appreciate later in life. To support this theory, the author follows several real characters that are ostracized for being different and issues them a challenge to change their situation without changing who they are. In addition, the author features celebrities that were outcasts in high school before they were famous.

On the Fringe edited by Donald R. Gallo

This book features several stories by many prominent young adult authors. These stories tell what it is like to be an outcast, to be excluded for being different. Some of these stories are hopeful, while others are shocking, but all of them have a lesson to be learned.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Leviathan

This fiction book tells the story of one gay teen and one straight teen who share the same name and what happens when they meet. A humorous yet serious story featuring love and friendship, this is a great book for anyone.

Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler

Another thing that teens may resort to when bullied is self-injury. Jonah Mowry did it and so does the main character in this book. After a humiliating bullying incident, Melissa Miller accidentally creates a fatal wound while cutting herself with a razor. However, when Death comes he offers her the chance to become War, a Rider of the Apocalypse. When Melissa Miller takes the job, she slowly learns something that helps her conquer her pain: control.

Written by Serena Zola

December 16, 2011 at 10:45 AM

8 Things to Save a Life Part 1

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This week I’ve been shocked by some tragic and happy news involving teens.

The happy news involved the support of Jonah Mowry, a gay teen who posted a heart-wrenching YouTube video this past August about his experiences with bullying. Recently, he has done an interview with Good Morning America about his ordeal.

The tragic news involves the death of Jacob Rogers, a gay teen who recently committed suicide due to bullying.

When I heard about the death of Jacob Rogers and the support of Jonah Mowry, I wondered what would have happened if the two had known about each other. Personally, I think that if Jacob Rogers had seen Jonah Mowry’s video, he would have gained the will to live and known that he wasn’t as alone as he felt.

In addition, I’m reminded of the things that gave me the most comfort when I felt lonely as a teen: music and books.

As a special gift to anyone, but especially any teen or child, who has been bullied or felt suicidal, I present in a two-part post, four songs and four books for comfort. I’d also like to dedicate these songs and books to Jonah Mowry and all the victims of bullycide (suicide due to bullying).

First, the songs:

Make It Stop by Rise Against

 

Don’t Jump by Tokio Hotel

 

Perfect by Pink

 

Beautiful by Christina Aguilera

STAY TUNED FOR PART TWO.

Written by Serena Zola

December 10, 2011 at 12:17 PM

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