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Reviewed by Alex Ndirangu for Readers' Favorite
Young individuals face different obstacles every day. Most of them experience pressure to live up to societal demands that they perform well in school, complete their schoolwork, participate in extracurricular activities, and preserve friendships. Many teenagers may become anxious or even stressed out when dealing with all this pressure. But how can they prevent, or at least lessen, the chance that all this pressure will overwhelm their still-developing minds? Sarah McKnight's Life Support answers this concern in a compelling narrative that takes readers through the lives of five teenagers: Alex, Kendra, Rosie, Ricky, and Tyler. Each of them deals with a unique set of issues and situations. As you follow their path through getting over their worst traumas and confronting their demons, both internal and external, you will see a charming image of friends coming together to be there for one another and find peace in each other.
Sarah McKnight's ability to create an engaging narrative of real-life issues affecting adolescents impressed me. Despite delving deeper into some of today's most sensitive issues, such as homophobia and domestic abuse, she did so in such a way that I did not feel uncomfortable while reading. The author's honesty in her writing was what I liked most about this book. She included a disclaimer indicating that she is concerned about the well-being of her readers. I believe this deserves praise, as it demonstrates the author's caring personality. Life Support painted a rare picture that will open the reader's eyes to how much children, particularly teenagers, can be emotionally screaming in agony - alone and desperate. As much as I recommend this book to young adults, any parent or guardian who has a young adult in their care should read it because it will encourage them to be physically and emotionally closer to their children.