I didn't enjoy this book. The story is extremely horrifying from the start and gets worse until the end. Although it is a story that I will stay with me for a long time. It was compelling and awful read.
"You're not gonna believe this" is the opening line in the book and I almost didn't believe this book. It was horrific and tragic, it will shock you. Teenagers being hurt, abused, shamed, humiliated, brainwashed in so many unimaginable and different ways.
The story follows Cyndy Etler as she recounts her adolescence and her time in a “tough love” style rehabilitation camp. The main character is thrown into a boarding school by her mother, or so she thinks. She is actually sent to Straight Inc., and it is actually a drug rehabilitation center for youths. In the first moments stepping inside Straight, Cyndy begins to realize that the methods used in the facility are far from normal. From being dragged down hallways by her pant loops, group meetings where teenagers wave their arms around erratically chanting. Things are so far from okay. It is truly unimaginable.
This book explains the more than frightening and psychologically damaging rules and things that went on at Straight. I have heard of some of these types of practices but never seen anything like this. Kids are lead around by the back of their pants, forced to believe they have drug problems. Talking back and defending yourself isn't an option.
Honestly, everyone should read this book. There isn't a teen that shouldn't check out this book. Although there needs to be a trigger warning for sexual abuse that happens in the beginning of the story. This book has lessons we all need to learn.
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