Eileen Granfors's Reviews > Rae: My True Story of Fear, Anxiety, and Social Phobia

Rae by Chelsea Rae Swiggett
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Jul 24, 11

bookshelves: families, medical-issues, school-stories
Read from July 22 to 23, 2011

"Rae" is part of a series of books about common teen problems that may last into adulthood. Find more information at louderthanwords.com, including a place for teen writers to submit their stories.

While Rae's problems with social anxiety impact her life severely, her account of the pain is not deep enough. She seems to brush it all off, thinking of another day, another chance to either do something to help herself or fake an illness and stay home.

I am familiar with elective mutism as a teacher, having witnessed it in my students, having suffered from it myself when I changed schools in high school. Still, the essence of this book is not revealed in such a way as to engage the reader's willingness to cheer for the character to find her way.

Teen readers may like this book more than I did.

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