City Lights Press Publishes New Author
City Lights Press announces the publication of The Way It Really Is, a Contemporary, YA novel by author J.D. Morrison. The struggles of a teenage girl who cuts and starves herself confront the reader with raw and open emotion. The authentic diary entries and unique narrative will stretch the reader’s comfort zone and open their eyes to struggles that millions of young girls encounter, as well as how parents strive to cope with troubled teens while dealing with their own unhealthy behaviors.
The struggles of a teenage girl who cuts and starves herself confront the reader with raw and open emotion in The Way It Really Is. The authentic diary entries and unique narrative will stretch the reader’s comfort zone and open their eyes to struggles that millions of young girls encounter, as well as how parents strive to cope with troubled teens while dealing with their own unhealthy behaviors.
Fifteen-year-old Lisa Jones just wants to go back to a time “when my dolls could talk and toy soldiers had minds of their own.” But childhood eluded her early and caused wounds beyond her young mind’s ability. She is many dichotomies: popular but lonely; attractive but self-conscious; a good person but she lies. Lisa is precocious and yet her emotional growth is stunted by trauma after trauma, much of it self-inflicted. Lisa’s distinctive voice manifests for the reader through her diary entries, where she reveals her anguish and deftly articulates her thoughts and struggles.
Lisa is a product of her environment and epitomizes dysfunction in the modern family. She looks out at the world and sees happy people, only to wonder why happiness and love elude her. Her confusion and self-loathing result in unhealthy behaviors. She cuts and starves herself. She subjects herself to abusive relationships with men and, ultimately, attempts suicide. When she finally gets admitted to the Renew Eating Disorder Treatment Facility, it becomes clear that her dietary problems are not about the food. Therapists place her on the trauma tract to dig into the root causes of her suffering. What she finds there threatens to rip apart what’s left of her family and drive her over the edge.
Lisa’s story is a retrospective tale of desperate decisions and dire consequences thrust upon a teenage girl during her formative years. Wisdom, gained in hindsight, reveals to Lisa that her story is not unique. Indeed, it is unfortunately all too common a scenario for young girls today. Lisa bravely shares her most intimate thoughts in THE WAY IT REALLY IS, in the off chance there’s another girl out there “just like her” who may find comfort and hope in knowing she is not alone.
For more information, please contact J.D. Morrison: 703-785-2865; josephdmorrison.com.