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Hannah: My True Story of Drugs, Cutting, and Mental Illness (Louder Than Words) by [Westberg, Hannah]
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About the Author

Hannah Westberg is eighteen years old. She earned her GED and plans to enroll in Portland Community College's drug and alcohol counselor certification program. When she's not babysitting, she is probably volunteering for political and charity organizations, as well as participating in flash mobs.

Deborah Reber, co-author, is a teen advocate and author of more than 18 published books, including Chill: Stress Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 885 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: HCI Teens (2 Aug. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J1737O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #467,827 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A deeply sad memoir written wonderfully, though it didn't take very long to read and I didn't like the viginette narrative. I also didn't find myself exactly hooked but would still recommend as it is a great read with an excellent conclusion.
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great book so so sad would definitely recommend it to anyone I would not let it down till it finished
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heart Wrenching Journey 22 April 2011
By Darlene @ Peeking Between the Pages - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In Hannah: My True Story of Drugs, Cutting and Mental Illness, Hannah Westberg shares her heart wrenching journey into a world most of us only hear about but can't imagine living. She shares with us her downward spiral into a life of drugs, cutting, weight issues, suicide attempts, family issues and mental illness.

As Hannah was growing up things started happening that would impact her throughout her life. Her mother suffering from her own mental illness was becoming increasingly manic although still able to hold down a job and lovingly take care of her kids. However eventually it worsened to the point where she tried to kill herself. Her mother was finally diagnosed with a mental disorder and of course this all meant that she could barely take care of herself let alone her children. To top it off Hannah's father suffered from depression as well.

After a bad divorce the children ended up living with Hannah's father and eventually he brought a new woman named Carol into the chaos that was their life. Carol made made many changes to the family and they were actually things that helped get them into a more stable life but the thing was that Carol never even wanted children and this unfortunately showed in all of her actions towards Hannah. Since Hannah's mother had tried killing herself, Hannah suffered from issues of abandonment. Carol always threatening to leave the family and Hannah caused irreparable damage.

Hannah had the tendency to collect other people's meds in her Altoids tin - she had no issues stealing from everyone to get them. The problem was she had no idea what the drugs were and would take them without caring. It was about this time that she starting cutting as well - she felt the need to punish herself and later the cutting gave her comfort.

Hannah's first stay at a rehab center was after a failed suicide attempt just months before starting ninth grade. After this her weight issues really seemed to escalate. She was overweight and she constantly berated herself with negative statements. She had friends with issues of their own and I don't think that was helpful in stabilizing her life in any way either. She had a few boyfriends but they didn't work out. She continued on with bad eating habits, drugs, and cutting.

Hannah attempted suicide again. This seemed to be the last straw for her family and her father broke it to her that her stepmother didn't want her at their home anymore. Carol couldn't deal with Hannah and her issues and was hostile with her for all the years of problems she had put them through. I admit to having some issues with this. To completely put someone out of your life is too much for me - it isn't like Hannah asked for a mental illness to control her life but then again Carol had never wanted children so that instinct to nurture wasn't in her to begin with.

Eventually Hannah was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. She's nineteen now and in her own words, "still growing, learning, and striving for balance." (pg 151) Her plan is to go to community college and become a drug and alcohol counselor. Again in her own words, "I have always dreamed of becoming stable and being able to tell others of the light at the end of the tunnel." (pg 151) That is what she hopes she has done with this book as well. I really wish for her the best in her future and I pray she makes it and realizes her dreams.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Engaging story 16 Aug. 2010
By Mint910 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Hannah's story is a hard one to take in. She lays it out honestly and you feel for her. What I really liked about Hannah's journey is she admits and realizes what her problems are, and she knows there isn't some overnight fix but that she has to take it day by day and if she falls off the horse she has to get back on. She was really inspiring.

I found the structure of Hannah to be sort of an issue. Instead of sharing her story in a linear fashion, it's by topic but the time period she is talking about overlaps with other sections of the book. For instance, when finding out she had an eating disorder I realized that information really impacted a previous chapter, she was discussing events from that same time period but since it wasn't the topic at hand it wasn't mentioned at all. I found it hard to piece everything together as far as the order things had happened in and her mind frame, a similar problem I had with last year's release from the series, Marni.

Overall, an engaging story with a structure that was lacking.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading 10 July 2014
By Pa Xiong - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I would recommend this book for clients experiencing the same/similar situation. It is a easy and good read. I only wish that it went more into about how she is now doing and how is overcoming her childhood.
4.0 out of 5 stars An Honest and Sad Story 31 Aug. 2010
By Jenna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Hannah by Hannah Westberg
Review by Jenna Arthur
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"At least this chaos filled the emptiness. I longed to be void of emotions again." - Hannah

Hannah Westberg is a 19-year-old living with borderline personality disorder. In her self named memoir, Hannah discusses growing up with and around mental illness, and brings her trials and tribulations to light.
Hannah's story starts the readers at the very beginning, indulging us in the assorted stories of her mother, father, sisters, brother and friends. Hannah grew up not knowing normal from abstract, black from white. Her mother suffered from schizoaffective disorder, abandoning Hannah and her siblings, forcing them to live with a depressed father, and an unwanted stepmother.
Such chaos only worsened things for Hannah, and she continuously battled with drug use, suicidal thoughts and difficult relationships. In her memoir, she lets the readers in on her roller coaster of a life leading up to her rape, stints in mental wards and bouts of self mutilation.
Well written and emotionally charged, Hannah shows us the power of truth, pain, and strength with a maturity beyond her years. The story is serious, yet the knowledge that the author has lived through this pain and has written this story for others like her to share in is extremely refreshing. I would reccommend this book to anyone who has ever loved someone with a mental illness or experience it themselves.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good read but.... 3 Jan. 2015
By Mistyblades - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I always love reading true stories.
However it was kind of all over the place. Kind of lost me near the end. Finished the book with a sigh of finally.
Not my fav.
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