Alongside the website, where P.D. Workman discusses her latest published books, she has also developed a page where she chats about her own reading trends and acquired books. It was whilst exchanging comments on some of the regular memes in which we both particpate, I noticed that P.D.’s book ‘Stand Alone’ was being offered free as a Kindle download, as part of a birthday celebration.
Whilst I have read a couple of YA books, this is not a genre I read on a regular basis. However, with the focus of P.D.’s storylines concentrating on mental illness, addiction and abuse, I am interested in reading ‘Stand Alone’ as a comparison to a book with a similar premise, written by a UK author (‘Hoodie’ by Brendon Lancaster), to see how the issues have been portrayed and attitudes and solutions dealt with by an author in the overseas marketplace.
Is Justine crazy?
Everyone thinks so…
Her mother. The kids at school, and the teachers and administrators too. Even the police who pick her up from her night rambles. Maybe them most of all.
Justine’s therapist says she is ‘troubled’, but it means the same thing. He thinks that her vivid, reoccurring nightmares and atrocious behavior point to some trauma in her past; but Em, Justine’s mother, can’t explain it.
Justine used to have Christian, her best friend and skateboard partner. He was the only one who accepted her. Maybe because skating is the only time that Justine is really free to be herself. Now that Christian is gone… Justine keeps thinking things can’t get any worse.
Even as she sees her life spinning further and further out of control, Justine can’t give up her sense of who she is—someone far different than the loving daughter Em expects her to be—to just fit in and be happy. She is sure that Em secretly holds the key to who Justine really is. But if she does, Em isn’t talking.
For as long as she can remember, the blank page has held an incredible allure and she is a self-proclaimed writing addict. After a number of false starts, she finally wrote her first complete novel at the age of twelve. It was full of fantastic ideas and was the spring board for many stories over the next few years, although some three decades were to pass before she finally took the plunge and self published her first novel.
P.D. Workman is a wife and mother of one, born and raised in Alberta, Canada. She is a homeschooler and an Executive Assistant. She has a passion for art and nature, creative cooking for special diets, and running. She love to read, to listen to audio books, and to share books out loud with her family. She is a technology geek with a love for all kinds of gadgets and tools to make her writing and work easier and more fun. In person, she is far less well-spoken than on the written page and tends to be shy and reserved with all but those closest to her.
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Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … ‘Mailbox Monday’
Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’
Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’
Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’
This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!
I am looking forward to sharing some of your great ‘new finds’ this week