The first time I ever really feel in love with a book I was in middle school. At this point I had already enjoyed reading but my mere enjoyment was about to change forever. We were given a book to read as a class a chapter a day kind of thing.

Tuck Everlasting was the book my teacher set on my desk and as we began reading that first chapter as a class I began to fall into a work I didn’t want to leave. I was drawn in from that first paragraph.

This happened to be at a time where my current coping mechanism was on hold for healing purposes so when I got home that day I couldn’t help but to pull the book from my bag and continue reading.

As I found myself lost in the woods and exploring this new place all my problems faded away. I had found myself connected to this young girl looking for something new and exciting. Her problems had become mine and let’s face it I was much happier to deal with hers.

With every turn of the page I had discovered a new adventure. As a result I had quickly found myself chapters ahead of where I should have been as this was a book we were to read as a class but I just couldn’t help it. I was so in love with the pages of this book that rereading chapters was perfectly acceptable for me.

I honestly read that whole book twice and wasn’t even upset about it. My teacher was a little upset when she found out I read so far a head but seemed less upset when she realized I was rereading with the class and not just sitting around the back of the classroom doing nothing.

To this very day that book still holds a place in my heart and I have read it several times since then. I found a world to escape to right in my own room and from that moment on reading would become a coping skill I didn’t know I was looking for.

“Like all magnificent things, it’s very simple.” 
― Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

About the Author

Brandy Clear is woman who has walked down some of the darkest paths life has to offer. She has taken a lot of these steps alone. As she has rebuilt her life and self she has made it her mission to be the light to as many people as she can. She wants no one to have to walk alone in the dark. She does not want to save you, she just wants to remind you that you are not alone.

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