Book: Notes to Self by Avery Sawyercategories: Book, Contemporary, Teen, Romance, Drama, Friendship, Realistic, Brain Injury, Memory, Identity, YA, Young Adult
Avery Sawyerabout this book: The book's first title was 25 THINGS ABOUT ME. It started when my husband said the 2009 Facebook meme would make a good novel. I began thinking about a reason someone would want to write or revisit a list like this. Almost right away, I landed on the idea that my main character didn't know who she was anymore, and the concept of a traumatic brain injury grew from that. TBIs have been in the news a lot lately and I was really interested in exploring how it would feel to have one. The 30-foot fall just gave a reason for the injury.
The interesting thing is, most 15 year-olds don't experience TBIs, but most of them struggle with identity anyway. That's why I think the book's concept will connect with readers. It is about one girl deciding who she is and what really matters, something everyone has to do. The message of the book is that life isn't always easy, but it's always worth living. Also, we have choices every day. The most powerful thing I think a person can learn as they grow up (at any age) is that *you* make your life what it is. No one else can do that for you, even if you want them to or expect them to.
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