Warning: this book/review contains reference to self-harm which some may find distressing.
Author: Eve Ainsworth
Published by: Scholastic
Publication date: 2nd March 2017
Pages: 288, paperback
Genre: young adult, contemporary, mental health
How can you heal if you can’t face your past? Confident, popular Gabi has a secret – a secret so terrible she can’t tell her family, or her best friend. She can’t even take pleasure in her beloved skateboarding any more. And then one day an impulse turns to something darker. Gabi has never felt so alone. But then she learns that not everyone has wounds you can see. A searing look at self-harm and acceptance from hugely talented author Eve Ainsworth. Warning: includes content that some readers may find upsetting.
I have been looking forward to reading Damage since I heard about it back in January, at Scholastic’s Bloggers’ Book Feast. This is a book about a girl struggling with self-harm – having read Eve Ainsworth’s previous two books, Seven Days and Crush, I know that she is an author I can trust to write about such an important topic in a way that is both sensitive and interesting. And I was not disappointed.