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Review: Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Exit, Pursued by a Bear
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First, I hate that Goodreads doesn’t autosave a draft of a typed review, should your computer crash or the window close. I hate that. I have lost many reviews that way (including the initial review for this book) and been too upset to write them again in full. I know I should write them in Word and paste them in, but that’s a headache too. With today’s technology, it should be easier to draft and autosave reviews than this site makes it. (But I still love you, Goodreads).

Now, on to this story. I thought it was really incredible to see a story on this topic in which the main character had so much support. I will be honest and say that I have read a lot of YA novels on this topic, and unfortunately, many of them tend to blur together for me. However, this one definitely stands out for being different in a good way.

Call it unrealistic, if you wish, but everyone’s experiences are different. Also, I kind of want a lot of people to read this story (but be aware it deals with serious topics that might be upsetting to some readers), because I want everyone to know what they could be doing to be a better support network for someone who is struggling or who has experienced a trauma. Things people do and don’t do afterwards can make a big difference. That’s the message of this story: support matters.

Also, it’s beautifully written, with many interesting characters.

Pages: 256

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