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Girl, Interrupted meets Best Kept Secret in this riveting, redemptive coming-of-age story about a young woman who overcomes a troubled adolescence, only to lose custody of her daughter when her mental health history is used against her.

On the surface, sixteen-year-old Lesley Holloway is just another bright new student at Hawthorn Hill, a posh all-girls' prep school north of London. Little do her classmates know that she recently ran away from home, where her father had spent years sexually abusing her. Nor does anyone know that she's secretly cutting herself as a coping mechanism...until the day she goes too far and ends up in the hospital.

Lesley spends the next two years in and out of psychiatric facilities, where she overcomes her traumatic memories and finds the support of a surrogate family. Eventually completing university and earning her degree, she is a social services success story - until she becomes unexpectedly pregnant in her early twenties. Despite the overwhelming odds she has overcome, the same team that saved her as an adolescent will now question whether Lesley is fit to be a mother. And so she embarks upon her biggest battle yet: the fight for her unborn daughter.

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Praise for this book

"Crowell fuses compelling social drama and stay-up-past-midnight storytelling... Lesley's transformation will, without an ounce of sugarcoating, steal your heart." - Randy Susan Meyers

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Paperback Editions

February 2014 : USA Paperback

Title: Etched on Me: A Novel
Author(s): Jenn Crowell
ISBN: 1-4767-3906-4 / 978-1-4767-3906-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Washington Square Press
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