Laurel Everywhere launches two months from today. Two! Months! I can’t believe how quickly time has passed and I’m so excited for the book’s marketing campaign to kick into gear. Keep on eye on my social media, as well as Ooligan Press’s.
By telling mentally ill people that they would feel better if they just “practiced self-care,” we erase the importance of communal support and accessible healthcare in treating mental illness, thus overlooking the very real barriers that prevent many from practicing impactful self-care.
Fifteen-year-old Laurel Summers couldn’t tell you the last words she spoke to her mother and siblings if her life depended on it. But she will never forget the image of her mother’s mangled green car on the freeway, shattering the boring world Laurel had been so desperate to escape. Now she can’t stop seeing the ghosts of her family members, which haunt her with memories of how life used to be back when her biggest problem was the kiss she shared with her best friend Hanna.