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Dear Reflection: I Never Meant to be a Rebel (The Bell Collection) by [Jessica Bell]

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Length: 298 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"Bell's intensely personal memoir is a driven, dangerous coming-of-age story with a heart full of punk love and the self-determined spirit of a girl gone artistically wild." Joni Rodgers, New York Times Best Selling Author ****** "Moving and inspirational. Rips the inadequate Band-Aid off childhood wounds and shows that healing is possible. Anyone who's worked with disturbed adolescents will relate to Jessica's story and learn from it. Many children who bear the brunt of 'caring' for parents, are forced into an adult role, and their voices are rarely heard. Jessica Bell speaks for every one of those children when she shares her pain and guilt. There is no safe place and teenage Jessica's self-destructive urges, fuelled by alcoholism and comfort sex, add to the likelihood that she will suffer. The vicious cycle is not easy reading but has an honesty and self-awareness that helps the reader understand why a youngster would behave this way. The fact that Jessica's parents are rock stars adds glamour, but not financial security to the story. Creativity proves to be a better friend than alcohol or sex, and is also the lifeline which allows the love between mother and daughter to reach an adult understanding, all the more beautiful for its roots in darkness." Jean Gill, author of HOW BLUE IS MY VALLEY ****** "Real, raw, and beautifully told. Bell shares an intense tale of overcoming a deep depression that gripped her as a young child, and clung on to her into adulthood, with unrestrained emotional honesty and guts." Samantha Verant, author of SEVEN LETTERS FROM PARIS ****** "A memoir for anyone who has ever felt alone. A memoir for those who are so hungry for love they'll do anything. A memoir so honest it rips at your heart. This book is what happens when a poet/songwriter/novelist/singer pours her soul onto the page and the angst, pathos, and agony of feeling "different than" reverberates in our souls. This is Jessica Bell's Dear Reflection." Karen Walker, author of FOLLOWING THE WHISPERS --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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Jessica Bell is an Australian award-winning author and poet, writing and publishing coach, and graphic designer who lives in Athens, Greece. In addition to her novels and poetry collections, and her best-selling Writing in a Nutshell series, she has published a variety of works online and in literary journals, including Writer's Digest. Jessica is also the Co-Founder and Publisher of Vine Leaves Press, the singer of Keep Shelly in Athens, a voice-over actor, and a freelance editor and writer for English Language Teaching publishers worldwide such as Macmillan Education and Education First. Before she started writing she was just a young woman with a "useless" Bachelor of Arts degree and a waitressing job. Visit Jessica's website: jessicabellauthor.com --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • File Size : 3106 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 298 pages
  • Publisher : Vine Leaves Press (1 May 2017)
  • Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B06W2KPV6S
  • Customer Reviews:
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