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Being Me Paperback – 30 Oct 2017
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The Being Me Campaign's Mission is to: To create an open, educated and accepting world which embraces, loves, and respects each person for the amazing individual they are. To inspire, empower and give individuals of all ages the skills they need to increase their self-esteem, self-love and confidence. To ensure everyone knows that it’s ok to be who you are; we should celebrate our differences not suppress them. To give everyone a voice and platform to share their personal journey to inspire others to embrace their differences. To create a world free from all forms of bullying, discrimination and prejudice.
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This benefit book to aid the Being Me Campaign has everything from male romance to male and female, cowboys and aliens, poems about how we see ourselves in the reflection of a mirror, discovering ones sexuality, how the power of social media can divide us or bring us together, messages about prejudice being manifested by opinions from others…and so much more! Even a few stories that have nothing to do with romantic relationships at all but will make you question society and belief.
Each and every tale has a beautiful message to convey and will touch anyone who has ever felt different in one form or another. And who among us hasn’t?
With scenes that fade to black this collection is perfect for young adults yet will easily appeal to any reader who enjoys when an author is able to touch your heart.
In fact, Louisa Mae’s 'Lost and Found' is a powerful, heart-stopping story of forbidden love, first love, lost love, and second chances all rolled into one, that had me weeping into my pillow during the wee hours of the morning.
Melissa Costa uses 'Losing Sight', the narrative of a blind man finding his independence, to remind us that acceptance takes everyone and we are only blinded by our own self-imposed limitations.
'The Wall', by Jack L. Pyke, is a beautiful piece with the emotion we’ve come to expect from this talented author. Being yourself is challenging enough but add to that a neurobiological disorder, bullying from your peers, and labeling from authorities and that sense of being is magnified. As the protagonist thinks to himself, “Liam was never more happy in his skin, both with his disability and being transgender. Nobody could ever make him feel as scared and confused as not knowing why he felt displaced and in the wrong body. So what he got at school…he’d already been through worse in his own head,” I couldn’t help but be reminded how hard adolescence is.
Then there’s Susan Mac Nicol’s 'Strawberry Kisses'. A gut-wrenching tale of how cruel this world can truly be when someone is bullied simply for having a beautiful birth mark; yet the beauty one person can bestow when they believe in you...allowing you to believe in yourself.
Alex Jane’s 'Don’t Say It'…Gulp! God, this one had me reading with a lump in my throat the whole time. The societal pressure of being “manly”, of not being able to be your true self, and maybe missing out on something, someone, special for fear of what others may do to you. Alex Jane brings so much emotion to these boys’ story.
If you’re looking for a moving journey of how bullying can impact self-esteem…for years to come... the very worth with which we see ourselves, look no further than 'Metamorphosis' from Viva Gold. This walk through the emotions of a victim shows us that those same tormentors shape who we are, as he thinks, “It dawned on me then that these people were the making of me. In some perverted rite of passage, they enabled me to achieve my ambitions and become the best at what I do.” He couldn’t be more right! But this short is more than that, it’s also a glimpse into what makes a bully and how they too can be in more pain than we can imagine and need forgiveness as well.
Another author who really touched me is Fiona Glass with 'The Visitor'. Readers are taken on a journey of segregation, time travel style, with so much emotion you yearn for the equality. As the main character channels his anger and begins to fight for inclusion and sees that, “most [people] had simply been perpetuating a habit without thinking about if for themselves,” you realize how important it is for each of us to speak up and advocate. (For youth readers please not there is one line of sexual content in this piece.)
In closing these 15 talented writers bring together 16 tales within 'Being Me' that should, in my humble opinion, be read by everyone - young and old, regardless of sexuality or gender. Stories that have the power to make each and every one of us think beyond ourselves and empathize with those around us. By opening our minds we open our hearts and have the power to change the world. Buy this book, share it with those you know…and perpetuate the change!
I received an advanced copy for an honest review.