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Help Me!

(Help Me! #1)

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A novella about a boy named Mick and his struggles with life. His parent’s divorce and a friend’s suicide make his world unbearable. Each “cut” has a deeper meaning. A cry for help.
“I spin my dad’s Ruger SP101 revolver on the wood floor of my bedroom. Sometimes, just to see what it feels like, I place the tip of the gun against my temple, but I never once pull the trigger
Paperback, 1, 125 pages
Published January 2nd 2016 by CreateSpace (first published December 30th 2015)
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Jan 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this for review.

Help me! is a YA contemporary novella surrounding self-harm, suicide and depression. The premise sounded like it would give me an interesting perspective surrounding the feelings and behaviours associated with self-harm. However, I found it pretty disappointing and quite frankly, pointless.

The main issue I had with this novella was the writing in this book was quite bland and juvenile. I thought the au
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*I was provided an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

4.75*/5 but giving it 5 stars for how important I feel it is to read books like this.
"No one knows what someone might do. But if you do know someone who needs help, or someone you think is depressed, there's never a wrong choice. Tell a parent or another adult. Let them know that you or someone you know needs help and may be suicidal."

I finished this novella in an hour. Super quick read. Very personal and emotional for me
Sandra "Jeanz"
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I really wanted to read and review this novella and feature it on my blog, to try and help to raise awareness for the subjects contained within it, from self harming, suicide, eating disorders, bullying, cyber bullying, homophobia, domestic violence.

I downloaded an e-copy of this novella from Netgalley for free in exchange for my honest review.
The cover features part of a young male, which shows them as quite thing, and has cuts and blood running down the arm that is vis
Hannah Harvey
*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review*
This was a hard book to read, but at the same time it was impossible for me to put down. It deals with some incredibly tough subjects, including suicide, self harm, bullying and grief.
I'll admit right off the bat. This kind of story, packed full of emotion, and tackling tough issues, is the kind of thing that appeals to me. When I read something, I like to feel something.
This book definitely wins on that front. The story is told in two
Jessyca Garcia
Donna M. Zadunajsky’s book “HELP ME!” helped me see why people choose to cut themselves. The story is about 13 year-old Mick Connors. After Mick’s best friend commits suicide, Mick falls into a deep depression. He tries to ease his pain my cutting himself. Layla Manning is Mick’s crush and new best friend. She knows Mick harms himself and wants to help him before it is too late.

I think that “HELP ME!” is a good book for anyone who has ever considered suicide, self-harm or even if they know some
Felicia Johnson
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-harm, suicide, teens
Help Me! by Donna M. Zadunajsky was a very interesting read. I liked it because it read like a personal journal from the the first point of view of the main characters. I'm a huge fan of journaling, so the writing style felt voyeuristic. It was avant-garde in a sense that the writing style is not what I am used to reading in a book.

It's like reading a book on social media. As the reader, you're taken into the private thoughts and experiences of two main characters. Mick is suicidal and depresse
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Donna M. Zadunajsky took a picture of our society that will make you think and eventually, break your heart.
A book about ghostly parents and fragile kids, friendship, love and hope.

*This book was kindly sent to me via NetGalley by*
Shelle Perry
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teens, Parents, Anyone who feels alone
Shelves: teens, young-adult
Help Me is the story of Mick and Layla. Mick is fairly typical 13 year old eighth grader, but he is carrying a lot on his young shoulders. He has been bullied, perhaps because he was overweight or because his best friend was gay. His friend, not able to deal with the constant bullying, took his own life. Mick, now has to deal with the guilt that maybe he could have done something to stop that from happening, the frustration that those who drove his friend to the edge will not be held accountable ...more
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I was blown away when I started reading this novella . It is a story of Mick who is dealing with depression. He has been through a lot in his young life . his parents divorcing and then the death of his best friends suicide . He was also being bullied and his life was unbearable .

No one knows what he is going through and the only release is cutting . No one is knowing what is going on except his friends who think but have their own problems that they have to deal with .

This maybe a fictitious
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, mental-health
Actual rating: 3,5

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

First of all, a serious question: Why are adult authors so inclined to write teenage voices with an unnecessary excess of exclamation marks? That is not how teenagers talk! (Now, see, there is a proper exclamation mark. Not so much here: "But mostly, I hate the kids that go to the school. The ones that bully me!")

And with that, we have arrived at the plot of the book: bullying and depression resultin
Sarika Patkotwar
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review was originally published at The Readdicts Book Blog . For more reviews, go here.

Help Me! deals with depression in a very simple and subtle way and helps in understanding it further. This is the story of Mick, who blames himself for his best friend committing suicide and from then on, he begins self-harming by cutting himself as that's the only way he can release all the pain he feels for a loss that he could have saved. This novella doesn't just deal with depression but many issues
Jan 26, 2016 rated it liked it
I have received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.>

3.5 stars

Only focus on the things that make you happy, the other things cause you to just be very unfortunate...

No matter where you go, what you wear, or who you hang out with, there will always be people finding fault and bullying you about it.

I have to admit I don't fancy the way the author wrote the book, since it didn't seem natural to me. But I can't blame much since the author is an adult,
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A story told from two sides of the teen contemplating suicide scenario

Mick is a teenage boy that has moved to a new school, his parents have divorced and he now lives with his father. While Mick was at his old school his best friend committed suicide via a gun over bullying and he is now at a new school and being bullied again. Mick has found some new friends, in particular Layla and Shawn (male). Mick is under a great deal of emotional pressure that he relieves by cutting himself. However, the
I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

HELP ME! is a short novella that focuses on bullying, suicidal thoughts and the effects thereof. The synopsis of this book is what drew me in and I thought it'd be like any other book but I was sorely mistaken. No one's situation is the same and this book proves that.

The fact that this revolved around kids as young as thirteen scared me because it may be a sad unfortunate fact that this happens amongst many tee
I received this book as a goodreads giveaway. First off, let me say that I do not believe that if a person experienced a suicidal thought then they have mental illness. I think these are two separate issues. I think if one has a history of suicidal thoughts, then possibly there may be some mental health issues. These are just my thoughts, I am not a mental health professional. With that being said, let me get into the meat of this book. I could not put it down. It was simplistic in its writing s ...more
Patriotic Bookaholic
Help Me! is the story of what bullying can do to a person. Mick is a teenage boy dealing with his parents divorce, losing his friend to suicide and dealing with bully's who make his life miserable. Layla is the one girl who is willing to talk with Mick and ends being a great friend to him but notices that he is hiding something until one night that will change the both of their lives forever.

This is a quick read but it brings a strong message of bullying and suicide, a topic that needs to be add
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. I was sent this novel for review by the author and I really wanted to enjoy because of the mental health aspect associated with individuals who cut; however, it was the delivery that I couldn't get past. I understand the characters are around 13 or 14 but I literally felt like I was reading their journals which wasn't a good thing. Statements were quite redundant and simplistic. There is a way to write a book from a 13/14 year old perspective without making it seem as though they actu ...more
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
There was a lot of "telling" in this novel, and not "showing," in both emotions and dialogue. While I understand that this was just a brief novella, it fell a bit flat, and I couldn't connect with the characters. This might be a better book for middle school kids, but for anyone older than 14 or 15, this probably wouldn't be received well. I just couldn't get into it. It was very brief, and I finished it in about an hour. Again, it's good for light reading, but there are better books about cutti ...more
Lisa Taylor
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story is a must read for parents of teenagers, and any teenager who is considering suicide. Cyber bullying seems to be a fad. I don't understand why kids have to be so damn mean! Bullying has been around for many years, it just seems to have escalated since I was younger. We need to listen to our children, watch them closely, especially if they seem depressed, or struggling with anything. Bullying needs to be stopped! Whatever form, we need to advocate to prevent our children from hurting t ...more
Elena Schwartz
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ms. Zadunajsky does a great job of creating suspense to make the reader turn the pages through the novella. Never once did I want to put this book down. It has a great message. The only flaw would be a bit of unneeded repetition.

To see my entire review, please go to:

Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Finally a book to help youngsters find help when they're being bullied. It's about time someone wrote something real and not superficial to get into the hearts and heads of today's youth. Short and to the point bravo Ms. Zadunajsky bravo.
Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock.
Patricia Kaniasty
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
What an emotional read. I could not put it down. Read it in a couple of hours. Makes me think of a couple of kids I used to know. Very sad.
Reader Views
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Emily Sutton (age 16) for Reader Views (02/17)

“Help Me!” by Donna M. Zadunajsky is the story of thirteen-year-old Mick and his struggles with life. He seems like an average teenager but he’s going through quite a bit. His parents are divorced and Mick is angry with his mom. Mick’s best friend Ray committed suicide because he was constantly bullied about being gay, and he couldn’t take it anymore. After Ray’s suicide, Mick went to live with his dad to get away from the bullies and mak
Josephine Spire
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teenagers, young adults
This book centres around two teenagers Mick and Layla. The story opens with Mick talking about his troubles which ie coming from a broken home, feeling guilty, (as result of his friend committing suicide) self harming and hating almost everything apart from Layla a girl he really likes and who later becomes his girlfriend. This book is a fantastic recommendation for teenagers and young adults, it intelligently examines issues like self harm, bullying, suicide, teenage insecuries, crushes among o ...more
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: goodreads-books
Great book for middle schoolers. Good book about bullying, cutting, suicide and friendships.

Won on GoodReads
I would like to thank Donna M. Zadunajsky/CreateSpace for a copy of this book to review. Though I received this book for free, that has no impact upon the honesty of my review.

Goodreads Teaser: A novella about a boy named Mick, and his struggles with life. His parent's divorce and a friend's suicide, make his world unbearable. Each "cut" has a deeper meaning. A cry for help.

"I spin my dad's Ruger SP101 revolver on the wood floor of my bedroom. Sometimes, just to see what it feels like, I place
Tanya Grech Welden
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
In many ways I admire Zadunajsky for writing about a topic that is so important. Suicide, mental illness and self-mutilation are issues that need to talked about more openly, and frequently literature is a powerful medium to start the dialogue. Unfortunately, "Help me!" didn't work for me. Told in two separate narratives recounting different perspectives of the same events.. Specifically, that of Mick, a seriously depressed and suicidal teen, and his friend Layla. The dual narrations were very s ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
* I received an e-arc of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honost review*

2 stars.

I really wanted to read and review this book, I think it is very important for (young) people to read books like this and to get aware of these subjects.
Unfortunately I had quite some problems with this books, therefor I can't give it more than 2 stars.
I read this book in an hour, it's a very quick read. But even in this little pages this book managed to bore me a bit.
I feel like the book was told in
Angi Plant
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This novella is so deserving of its full five stars. I read the blurb and I have to admit I was doubtful. It was so informative. I really recommend every school, youth group or place that looks after children or young adults, should have this book on their shelves, immediately.

The subject matter is disturbing, don't get me wrong. However, it's done with such a deep understanding of the subject that I can only imagine any kid with a problem, possibly adults too, as this can affect anyone, of any
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

HELP ME! is a novella about a 14-year-old boy named Mick who cuts himself in response to his depression, bullying, and his best friend's suicide. It starts with Mick's point-of-view and halfway through, switches to his new best friend, Allie's, point-of view.

I think that bullying, cutting, and depression are all topics that need to be addressed, and I am glad the author did so with this book. The writing was very s
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Donna M. Zadunajsky started out writing children’s books before she accomplished and published her first novel, Broken Promises, in June 2012. She since has written several more novels and her first novella, HELP ME! Book 1 in the series, which is about teen suicide and bullying.
HELP ME!, won Awards in:
The Great Northwest Book Festival-Winner
Global EBook Awards- Gold Medal Winner
The Great South
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