6/7/13

#FridayReads: MISS ME NOT by Tiffany King

My very first "Friday Reads" post features a book that's near and dear to my heart - MISS ME NOT by one of my very favorite authors, Tiffany King. Tiffany writes books that address real issues that teens and young adults face. She doesn't shy away from the gritty details... the things that make life seriously unpretty for so many kids.


As a teacher myself, I see the results of such unprettiness on a daily basis. So many of today's kids deal with things most of us can't even imagine, and those issues affect everything they do... their schoolwork, their relationships, their self-image, their tendency to abuse drugs or alcohol. Sometimes it's obvious which kids are hurting and struggling. Other times, they hide it and no one ever knows. Until it's too late.


MISS ME NOT addresses those times when no one knows until it's too late. Teen suicide isn't a subject that's easy to read or write about. Many authors tread lightly over suicide, the things that lead up to it, and the frame of mind a suicide victim might be suffering from. Not Tiffany King. She gives full access to Madison's thoughts and feelings... all the reasons she thinks life isn't worth living for her... all the ways she feels left out, abandoned, overlooked... all the ways her family and society has let her down.

But the beautiful part is this... we're also privy to her awakening. We get to see and feel as she realizes she's not alone. We experience right along with her as she discovers that life is worth living. The change doesn't happen overnight, which only makes the story more realistic. After the tragedy of suicide rocks Madison's school and she begins to slowly work her way back to the land of the living, the change and development is gradual, much as I suspect it would be in reality.


Tiffany was gracious enough to write a comment for this post, and give us a bit of inside information about MISS ME NOT and what she wanted to accomplish in writing the book. Thank you Tiffany! Here's what she had to say:

I am honored that Amy selected Miss Me Not as her first "Friday Reads" feature. Suicide is a serious issue. The tragedy of a young person's death can be devastating to family, friends, classmates and the community. The reasons for suicide are complex, especially for young people. The pressure to perform academically and fit in socially, to discover one's identity and independence, all under the expectation to act responsibly can sometimes feel overwhelming. While Miss Me Not addresses the feelings of hopelessness a young person can experience from any particular event in their life, my real intention was to offer a story of redemption. The certainty that regardless of how despondent a situation may appear, there is always hope through compassion, forgiveness, and love. Life is the most precious gift we are given as humans, and should be treasured above all else.

And she certainly succeeded in giving us a story of redemption and hope! 

MISS ME NOT has such an important message for today's young people... for those who feel invisible like Madison... and for those who are sometimes the ones doing the overlooking. You never know what someone is dealing with on the inside... what issues they face at home... what horrors they may've experienced. And you never know what joy someone can feel when at last they realize that someone cares... someone wants them... someone would miss them.

Teens, parents, and those who work with teens or are in a position to influence them should READ THIS BOOK. I can't recommend it highly enough.


MISS ME NOT

They had a pact.
Leave the world behind much as they had lived it.
No one would miss them. No harm, no foul.
Their personal demons would be left behind once and for all.
It was the only thing they could count on.
It was all she had.

Everyone at some point has probably done something they wish
they could take back. Madison Hanson's past mistakes have made her feel like a
shadow. Her grades suck, her social life is non-existent and her home life
isn't much better. Just when she thought things couldn't get any worse, the
sudden and tragic death of a fellow student forces Madison to reevaluate
everything she thought she believed in.

Fate intervenes in the form of Dean Jackson, a popular "Mr.
Everything" at school whose life is the polar opposite of Madison's. What
starts as a simple tutoring session blossoms into an unlikely relationship, proving
that opposites do sometimes attract. With Dean's help, Madison discovers a new
life outside of the darkness she has cloaked herself in, and the power of
forgiveness, acceptance, caring and love. 


Find Tiffany online here.
She tweets here.

Happy reading and writing!

2 comments:

  1. Excellent post. Our community has been rocked by this, twice. The first one was one of our high school students. Then one of our teacher's sons committed suicide. The pain of losing a child is something you never get over. To know they took their own life when they're right there in front of you each day and you don't know their pain--- I can't even imagine.Don't even want to imagine.
    I'm so glad this story has a redemptive ending and that the character finds her way back.
    Teresa R.

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  2. What a great idea, Amy! Always nice to hear what others are reading and meet new authors.

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