However, after a traumatic experience leaves Mara in a state of mental distress, she finds herself keeping more secrets than she intended, most of them her own. Finding herself in trouble with the law, her dreams of being a therapist are jeopardized and as a consequence, Mara is ultimately forced into group therapy. While in therapy, Mara holds on to her secrets with a death grip, but when life comes full circle, her past is revealed and with it the potential to destroy her future career, her friendships, and ultimately herself.
Mara is a fighter, even if she doesn’t know it yet, but with each attempt to salvage what she can of her broken life, she is met with a consistent punch to the gut. After being pushed to the edge by meddling roommates, a persistent ex-boyfriend, and a potential new boyfriend, Mara comes to the precipice of her destruction. Yet with her destruction also comes her rebirth, and revelations of love, pain, and growth.
This read had a bit of sensitivity to it, but I think the author handled it quite well. She handled the topics with care and respect. I was intrigued to read this because my major (and master - in clinical and forensic) in college was psychology. Plus I wanted to know what secrets she kept and what happened to her to have secrets. As I was reading the story and learning about Mara, she goes through a traumatic experience that many go through in real life. After this sad and scary moment, she begins to unravel and desperately needs help and eventually is forced into group therapy which she isn't thrilled about but desperately needs. I loved that there was a light at the end of the tunnel. Making this an inspirational read for those who have encountered the same (or even some of the same) sad times that Mara encountered. She's dealt with a lot, got past it, then more muck (for lack of a better word) is on her shoulders but she still gets her head above water and finds out more about herself and how much of a fighter she really is.
Yes, this is an emotionally challenging read at times, but I think it is so worth it.
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