Growing up sucks. Struggling to cope with the constant stress of school, her mother, and her confusing social life, sixteen-year-old Grace Edwards finds sanity in the most destructive of ways: dieting and self-harming. But just when Grace thinks she has everything under control, a classmate catches her cutting in the girls’ locker room, and Grace’s entire life is flipped upside down. Now she’s faced with the unthinkable – a stint in a psych ward with kids who seem so much worse than she is. After all, she’s not sick. She’s totally okay. She’ll never do it again. But the longer Grace stays, the more she realizes that the kids in the ward aren’t that different from her. Slowly Grace comes to terms with her mental illness, but as her discharge date crawls closer, she knows that the outside world is an unpredictable place . . . and one which whispers temptations about hidden food, dangerous objects, and failure to stay in recovery.
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Eighteen-year-old author and activist Julia Tannenbaum discovered her love for writing when she was thirteen. Since then, she’s had her work featured in the anthologies Dear Mr. President, Girls Write the World, and Inside My World, as well as several poetry and short story publications.
Drawing from her personal experiences, Tannenbaum often incorporates her struggles with mental illness into her fictional work. She’s been recovering from anorexia and depression for three years and bravely shares her journey to give other young adults battling similar demons reassurance that it does get better.
She is a currently a high school senior and lives in West Hartford, Connecticut with her family and four adorable cats. Changing Ways is her debut novel.