One of my friends from my mom group recently published her own book…. I mean how cool is that?!
The author, Tabitha, or Tab as I call her, is a sweet person with a big heart. Unbeknownst to many people, myself included, we did not know that she struggled so much during her high school years. She has always been an anxious person, and her adolescent years weren’t the best for her. People who knew her in high school had no clue what she was experiencing on the inside.
Her book, Diary of a Lonely Prom Queen: Reflections on Parenting Teenage Girls from a Teenage Survivor, is from her perspective of high school. She was well known, homecoming queen, prom queen, and yet she felt like she didn’t have any true friends. In her book, she talks about anxiety and depression, how it affected her throughout high school, and how she got through it. She wanted to tell her story as a way to heal, but also more importantly to give a kind of reminder to be conscience of the issues faced growing up.
From talking with Tab, she really wanted to help other girls with their junior high and high school years. In the book she has interviewed other women that have shared their experiences. In addition, they have given advice for those who may need it. This would be a wonderful book to read for mothers and daughters. It’s a great tool to help teenage girls.
As a mother of two daughters, it has reminded me to raise my daughters with open communication and a kind heart. In her book, Tab talks about how she wouldn’t have survived without her mother’s support. We as parents need to be a safe place for our children to come to. Letting our children know that they can come to us with any problem, little or big, is so important for your relationship.
High school can be tough, but as a teenage survivor myself, this book has reminded me that everyone goes through it. It doesn’t matter if you are prom queen, a band geek, a theater enthusiast, or a star athlete. … Everyone . Experiences . Something . No one is above the issues you face in your adolescent years.
The underlying message I got from reading her book is that things are not always what they appear to be. People struggle and face their own difficulties that the outside world may never know. Depression and anxiety are real and it happens; no matter who you are. You really never know what one person deals with in private. Reading her book is a great reminder to remember to be kind to all people. A little bit of kindness can go a long way!
If you’d like to read her story, you can purchase it at one of the following places:
- Hudson Drug Shop and Hallmark Store
- Leading Edge
- The Gathering
- Brielle Boutique
You can also check out her facebook page here!