Book Review and GIVEAWAY: Facing Demons by Ashley Sanders
By: Ashley Sanders
Ashley Sanders’ new novel explores four teenagers’ self-destructive behaviors and their recovery. Despite issues of child prostitution, gangs, homelessness, racism, and suicide, “Facing Demons” inspires by revealing that a second chance is possible. When life is difficult, too often teenagers see no other way out than suicide, or fearing suicide, they indulge in self-harming behaviors. Author Ashley Sanders knows another choice exists, and it is never too late to make that choice. Sanders portrays four self-destructive teenagers who are given a second chance in his moving new novel “Facing Demons” (ISBN 9781426951701, Trafford Publishing 2011).
This book outlines four different characters and their stories – which are sometimes beyond troubling to read. All of them meet while in intensive therapy because of their behaviors and you watch as their lives are transformed with help from their doctor and each other. Rebecca has bounced from one foster home to another and along the way, has been abused in ways that most of us can only imagine; Matthew has been chronically homeless for years and is running out of options; Jason’s family was murdered by a street gang and his life has been about finding the murderers and killing them; and Felicity who by all accounts is your regular high school girl, until her path of self destruction starts.
I love the way their stories are told in stages because you see how each of their lives have unfolded, find out the motivations behind their behavior, and learn about the near death experiences that brought them together.
How many times have you seen that kid walking down a street and thought, “that looks like trouble” ? We encounter people every day that we know are troubled in one way or the other – whether from drug use or crime. How often do we sit back and ponder what is really happening in their lives? This book will make you think about that.
Please read it and pass it on to your teen – it is so worth it!
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About the Author:
Ashley Sanders is a young adult fiction writer and author of FACING DEMONS, which reviewers have described as “Inspirational” and “Absolutely amazing!” (Out September 2011).
His career as a paramedic with the South Australian Ambulance Service continues to give him valuable insight into a diverse range of people’s lives and has sparked inspiration for his writing.
Ashley is currently working on character prequels for Facing Demons. JASON’s Prequel will be released mid-2012
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