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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
Being in and out of love, peer pressure, independence, hating your life, and self-esteem seem to be some of the challenges that teenagers face while growing up. In I’m Glad I Didn't Kill Myself: Cat’s Journals by Catina Noble, you get an in-depth account of the highs and lows that Catina Noble experienced during her last two years as a teenager. With over forty journals within twenty-three years since the age of fifteen, Catina Noble sets out on a quest to help teenagers learn how to maintain their sanity during these pre-adult years. It was Catina Noble’s journals that became her most closest confidante and best friend. I’m Glad I Didn't Kill Myself: Cat’s Journals by Catina Noble is ideal for teenagers to help them through those tough times when they're vulnerable, emotional, and believe that their lives will always be this way. The teenage years are when suicides occur because this is the time when teens feel unloved and lonely. I’m Glad I Didn't Kill Myself tells the truth about everything that a teenager goes through and how the decisions that they make can affect their future.
I enjoyed vicariously looking through the eyes of Catina Noble in I’m Glad I Didn't Kill Myself as I thought about my own teenage years. I have over twenty journals which I too began in my teenage years. During those times, everything seemed difficult and unbearable, but little did I realize, as teenagers today will also, is that this too shall pass. I'm blessed to say that I was mindful of my decisions and actions along the way; yes, I made mistakes, but I didn't make a permanent bad decision based upon a temporary situation or emotion. “People wonder why I have so much to write about and why I write it down. Who do you call at this time of night when you are angry, upset, and hurt?” says Catina Noble. Kudos to Catina Noble in her transparency to help our teenagers see that their lives aren't over.