Fourteen students from Edmonds' have written a book titled We Are Absolutely Not Okay: Fourteen Stories by Teenagers Who Are Picking up the Pieces.
The students collaborated with Seattle-based author Ingrid Ricks to help them “claim their power by finding their voice and writing their stories,” according to Ricks.
A book release event will be held June 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at , 527 Main St. It will be on sale for $9.95, and the eBook will be made available on Amazon.com.
All 14 writers will be on hand at Revelations to sign copies of their book.
Scriber Lake is an alternative high school in the Edmonds School District. The school says the conception, design, writing and editing of We Are Absolutely Not Okay were accomplished during a four-day mini-course.
From Debbie Duvall, owner of Revelations Yogurt:
Students designed the book cover and wrote the stories with the help of local author Ingrid Ricks. According to advisor Marjie Bowker, “Our authors are pretty special and are definitely very, very excited. The paperback cost is $9.95, and all proceeds will go to the Scriber Lake Writing Program, led by Ingrid and me (we’re hoping to continue our partnership into next year). Please join us for light appetizers, cake and frozen yogurt. It should be a great time to mingle with community fans of teen writers.”
The authors describe their reason for writing the book:
If you have ever felt alone, betrayed, confused or angry, this book is for you. If you have ever come to school pretending everything is okay when really everything is absolutely not, we want you to know that there is hope—even in the darkest situations.We are real and our stories are real, so you need not feel alone with your struggles.
It is not easy to write about depression, abuse, self-harm or sexual identity; however, writing has become our outlet to cope with the past and our doorway to seize the future.We challenged ourselves to find our voices and to write our truths. We hope that you will connect with our stories and find the strength to walk with confidence into the future with us.