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Ophelia Speaks - February 13th 2012, 12:24 AM

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I was just wondering if anyone here has read Ophelia Speaks by Sara Shandler.
What are your thoughts on this book and is it triggering at all?
I'm wondering because it is a book going to be read in one of my classes.
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Re: Ophelia Speaks - February 13th 2012, 02:06 AM

I have read and own a copy of Ophelia Speaks. It is a companion book to the much better book Reviving Ophelia.

It could be triggering to many people. As it delves into:
anorexia,
bulimia,
eating disorders,
self-image,
cutting,
alcohol,
rape,
molestation,
death,
losing friends,
bad mothers and fathers and brothers,
school issues,
running away,
and depression.

If you are triggered by any of these things, be warned that it is very graphic on these topics, especially the eating disorders, sexual abuse, and drug abuse.
   
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Re: Ophelia Speaks - February 13th 2012, 02:18 AM

Thanks.
That was really helpful.
How is it's descriptions of cutting and depression?
Are any of those parts triggering at all?


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Re: Ophelia Speaks - February 13th 2012, 02:23 AM

I'd say that the self-harm section is very graphic, it gives poetic descriptions of act. The depression section, it is not that graphic.
   
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Re: Ophelia Speaks - February 13th 2012, 02:51 AM

Ok, thanks.
I guess I will have to see how reading it goes then.
I'm not sure what to do if any of the book ends up triggering me though, any ideas?


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Re: Ophelia Speaks - February 13th 2012, 02:53 AM

Maybe just leave the classroom and take a bathroom break? Or talk to the teacher ahead of time.
   
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Re: Ophelia Speaks - February 13th 2012, 05:12 AM

Thanks. Could I just tell me teacher I don't feel comfortable reading it if I find it triggers me?


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Re: Ophelia Speaks - February 13th 2012, 05:18 AM

I'd say that's a good idea. No point in setting yourself back over a book.
   
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Re: Ophelia Speaks - February 13th 2012, 05:35 AM

Yeah I totally agree. We read it on our own then discuss it in class.


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