Monday, August 16, 2010

Blog Tour: Hannah by Hannah Westberg (Louder Than Words)

Hannah is a girl interrupted.

For Hannah Westberg, life has been one big emotional roller coaster. As a girl, her mother was in and out of mental hospitals, so when it was her turn to visit the psych ward following a suicide attempt the summer after eighth grade, she had an idea of what she was in for. But that was only the beginning of Hannah's journey.

Over the next five years, Hannah has engaged in dangerous behaviors--from pill popping and excessive dieting to cutting--and paid a high price. Her depression, self-harm, and suicidal tendencies have landed her in rehab and therapy and with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. But though she may have a label for her mental illness and tools for coping, for Hannah, life is still something she takes one day at a time.

Hannah’s story is a hard one to take in. She lays it out honestly and you feel for her. What I really liked about Hannah’s journey is she admits and realizes what her problems are, and she knows there isn’t some overnight fix but that she has to take it day by day and if she falls off the horse she has to get back on. She was really inspiring.

I found the structure of Hannah to be sort of an issue. Instead of sharing her story in a linear fashion, it’s by topic but the time period she is talking about overlaps with other sections of the book. For instance, when finding out she had an eating disorder I realized that information really impacted a previous chapter, she was discussing events from that same time period but since it wasn’t the topic at hand it wasn’t mentioned at all. I found it hard to piece everything together as far as the order things had happened in and her mind frame, a similar problem I had with last year’s release from the series, Marni.

Overall, an engaging story with a structure that was lacking.

Hannah was released on August 2nd 2010
Genre: Young Adult Memoir
3.5/5 Stars
Review copy provided by publisher

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I also have the opportunity to give away some books from the series!

There will be 4 winners, 1 person will win a set of all three books (Hannah, Alexis, and Rae) and then 3 other people will win one of the books, one winner for Hannah, one for Alexis, and one for Rae.

Here is how to enter!

Fill out the giveaway entry form here.

The giveaway is open to addresses within the US/Canada only (no P.O. Boxes).

The giveaway will end August 30th at 6:59 pm Central Time.

Entries left in the comments of this blog post will not be counted, please fill out the giveaway entry form.

**Prize provided by the publisher**


  1. This sounds like a really interesting book, I think the structure would make it hard for me to really get in to it though.

  2. Wow, my hat's off to Hannah for sharing her story.

  3. Thanks for the review, Alea! Hannah wanted to tell her stories in vignettes as opposed to linearly, which can make it tricky when trying to make sure things have been introduced. I'm glad you enjoyed the rawness of her story...Hannah inspired me with her braveness and willingness to put it all out there. Thanks also for being on the Louder Than Words blog tour!
    XOXO Deborah Reber, editor, Louder Than Words

  4. Interesting idea for a book but I really hate that cover.


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