In his endearing coming-of-age book, B.A. Bellec writes about a group of weirdos that find and save each other from the dark depths of their minds. Someone’s Story is literally Someone’s story, as in a first-person narrative of a teenager that calls himself Someone. It starts with the news that he has to move to a bigger city with his father; adjusting to the city and his new school is going to be a challenge, especially because of his recent blackouts and his problems with making friends. Someone strives to be healthy mentally as he struggles with trauma, bullying, and his mother’s disappearance. When he meets Samantha at his new pizza delivery job, everything changes. He starts to make wonderful memories with new friends, while he also discovers some of their darkest secrets.
Someone’s Story is a mental-health novel done right! Reading Someone’s experiences gave me a closer feel and challenged me to reach out to others more. With themes of movies, music, business, jogging, drugs, abortion, and loss, B.A. Bellec fills his book with enough background to make it relatable and keep readers engaged. There is also some explicit language that makes it inappropriate for young readers. Someone’s Story is a quite relaxing read; it’s filled with love, friendship, and a search for balance. Though it’s a young adult novel, I recommend it to an older audience too because, apart from being a good read, depictions of the struggles that some people silently go through are vital for developing the right mindset for the good of all humanity.
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B.A. was born in Richmond, BC and raised in Langley, BC, before settling in Winnipeg, MB. His first adventure was a career in Finance, where he spent 15 years developing his business skills. His highest achievement was the Certified Payroll Manager designation. He currently still consults with businesses on their systems and processes. Over that period of time, he also attended film school where he started to nurture his early creative abilities.
A self-starter always interested in research, he taught himself many of the aspects of storytelling through reading books, screenplays and material online. Whenever he found an inspirational piece of art, he quickly went to the source to find the story behind the artist who created the work. It took many years after attending film school for him to finally combine his creative skills with his life experience and tell that story he had been holding back. Some of his favorite creative people: Lukas Rossi, Justin Furstenfeld, Peter Jackson, Stephen Chbosky, John Green, J.K. Rowling.
Currently he is pounding away on the keyboard writing his second novel, Pulse. This project is a change of pace and more details will come in a few months!
B.A. is also an avid jogger and walker, frequently using them as a way to work on those tough spots in life and his manuscripts. If you found it this far into his material, reach out to him on Twitter and make sure to like and subscribe to get updates on all his future endeavors.