Young Adult - Social Issues
126 Pages
Reviewed on 02/19/2016
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Author Biography

Donna M. Zadunajsky started out writing children’s books before she wrote and published her first novel, Broken Promises, in June 2012. She since has written several more novels and her first novella, HELP ME! Book 1 in the series, which is about teen suicide and bullying.
HELP ME!, won Awards in:
The Great Northwest Book Festival-Winner
Global EBook Awards- Gold Medal Winner
The Great Southeast Book Festival-Winner
IPA Award- Winner in Grief Category
Reader Views Awards- In 3 different categories:
*Children-Teen 12-16 year olds
*Children-Young Adult 16-18 years old
*Best Teen/YA Book of the Year
eLit Awards- Silver Winner

Talk To Me, Book 2 was a Finalist in the Author U unpublished contest, 2016.
IPA Award- Winner in Death and Dying

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite

Donna M. Zadunajsky’s book HELP ME! enabled me to understand why people choose to cut themselves. The story is about 13-year-old Mick Connors. After Mick’s best friend commits suicide, Mick falls into a deep depression. He tries to ease his pain by cutting himself. Layla Manning is Mick’s crush and new best friend. She knows Mick harms himself and wants to help him before it is too late.

I think that HELP ME! is a good book for anyone who has ever considered suicide, self-harm, or even if they know someone who has done it. Zadunajsky has a gift for writing in the voice of a teenager. This book is written for young adults, but parents should read it to better understand what is going on in their child’s life. This book reminded me of my own high school years which were also filled with depression. Cutting is something I have always been curious about - why people do it. Zadunajsky helped me understand it better through Mick’s eyes. She explained his mind set and how he felt when he cut himself.

I liked that Zadunajsky included actual facts about how many people commit suicide a year. Zadunajsky also touched on the effects of bullying in this book. More people need to be aware of their actions and the harm bullying causes. My favorite thing about this book was Layla’s quotes. The one that spoke to me the most and is now my favorite saying is: “Before you leave me again, tell me, so I can let you know if I’m ready to watch you go…”