Hello, Cruel World

Hello, Cruel World

101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws

Book - 2006
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Celebrated transsexual trailblazer Kate Bornstein bravely and wittily shares personal and unorthodox methods of survival in an often cruel world in this much-needed unconventional approach to teenage suicide prevention for marginalised youth who want to stay on the edge, but alive. Features 101 alternatives to suicide that range from the playful (moisturise), to the irreverent (disbelieve the binary), to the highly controversial (get laid, please). Bornstein fervently encourages readers to give themselves permission to unleash their hearts' desires.
Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, c2006.
ISBN: 9781583227206
Characteristics: 231 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.

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May 07, 2012

No matter how lost you feel, things will get better. This book is broken into two sections. In the first half, Bornstein reflects on growing up, otherness and the difficulty of being true to oneself. The second half is focused on what to do instead of killing oneself. Ranked in a variety of clever ways, including legality, morality, safety, effectiveness and difficulty, and running the gamut from self-improvement to sexual exploration, these diverse recommendations, are not meant to “fix,” “cure,” or “normalize” anyone, but instead to help struggling teens survive and find a way to be comfortable with themselves.


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