Thursday, August 5, 2010

Rae by Chelsea Rae Swiggett (TLC Book Tour)

*Recieved a copy from HCI Teens for an honest review and part of the Louder Than Words book tour.*

Title: Rae
Author: Chelsea Rae Swiggett
August 2nd, 2010
Pages: 156
Rating: 5 flowers
When you're fourteen and trying to deal with the highs, lows, traumas, and humiliations that go along with being a high school freshman, having severe anxiety can become all consuming. Chelsea Rae Swiggett's anxiety has affected every area of her life—school, family, friendships, and romance—ultimately pushing her to lose her voice, withdrawal from everyday life and school, and develop an eating disorder.
The sounds of planes flying overhead could spark a panic attack and something as simple as being called on in class could push her over the edge, convinced that everyone was judging her, mocking her. Faking sickness so she could stay home became her only solution, since she'd rather do anything than face the reality of what happened behind the school's double doors. Rae tells a story all-too-many teens today relate to—what it feels like to see the world through a lens of constant debilitating fear, anxiety, and stress.

My Thoughts:

RAE is a strong and powerful story of anxiety, fear and social phobia that will leave you relating to each and every word.

When I first heard of the Louder Than Words books, I was intrigued by the idea of teenage girls having the opportunity to share their stories that many other teens could relate to. RAE was one of those books that I found myself knowing exactly what the author, Chelsea Rae Swiggett, was writing about.

For me, anxiety was a big part of my every day life in my early teenage years. RAE brings up those fears I use to have of fitting in in highschool, anxiety over tests and how other people view you. It also gives an insight on the author's struggle with weight and how she tries to control it.

RAE is such an eye-opening read that is written from Chelsea Rae Swiggett's past experience and let's everyone dealing with anxiety know that they are not alone.

Overall, I absolutely LOVED this book. I felt like certain parts of the book was written about me and I strongly encourage teens and even adults to read RAE.



Chelsea Rae Swiggett is eighteen years old and will soon be heading to college to major in English and immerse herself even further into the world of books and writing. She currently serves on the Ypulse Youth Advisory Board. Visit her YA blog at The Page Flipper.

TLC Book Tour Stops for RAE
August 3rd: The Brain Lair
August 5th: Once Upon a Review
August 10th: La Femme Readers
August 12th: Book Junkie
August 16th: Luxury Reading
August 18th: The Book Scout
August 20th: YA Book Queen
August 26th: WORD for Teens
August 31st: Peeking Between the Pages

For stops for Alexis and Hannah, two other books in the Louder Than Words series, check out TLC Book Tours.

Once Upon a Review


Day said...

This is great Khelsea! I wanna read it now!!!

LisaMM said...

Hi Khelsea, 5 flowers, woo hoo! I'm glad you enjoyed the book. Thanks so much for participating in the TLC Book Tour for RAE and LOUDER THAN WORDS! We really appreciate it!

Deborah Reber said...

Thanks for reading RAE, Khelsea, and I'm so happy that the book resonated with you! I agree that Chelsea's writing can draw in both teens and adults and make the reader truly understand what living life with anxiety feels like. Thanks again for being on the tour!
XOXO Deborah Reber, editor of Louder Than Words

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