Sometimes it is very difficult for adults to understand the tribulations teenagers have to go through on a daily basis - sometimes more in the head than anything else. The author does a beautiful job simplistically describing the inner workings of Maggie. No matter the age, I feel like this is a must read. It allows young adults to become familiar and "woke" (as kids say these days) about the harsh realities of the world and how certain things can happen to anyone. It also allows adults to understand how teenagers think, which could lead to better relationships between the two generations. All in all, this novel is one of the best I have ever read and I am a book nerd. Sitting down and taking a day (and I do mean a day because you won't be able to put it down) to read Say Something is a choice you will not regret.
I can't recommend author Cathy Morrison highly enough for any school event. Not only has Cathy written a beautiful story that serves as an engaging read, but also a valuable insight into a topic that affects so many today.
Last spring, we were fortunate to have Cathy participate in the Fort Osage Young Authors' Conference. Cathy was one of our favorite authors of the day, loved by both students and volunteers, most of whom were teachers and education administrators. She designed two workshops, one for younger students in grades 3 and 4, and one for students in grades 7 and 8. Both were very well received, and we've already received requests for Cathy to return for future conferences. We hope to have her back for our 2021 conference!
Thirty years ago I worked in a hospital in Western Kansas that (believe it or not) was on the forefront of raising difficult topics. One of the issues we attempted to raise for discussion was around sexual abuse. I was very proud of the work our little hospital did those many years ago. When I read "Say Something" I immediately thought about how much easier our conversations and work there would have been if we had access to this book. Sexual abuse is a topic that many people avoid at all cost and it's difficult to get people to understand it's ok to talk about. So reading a book like "Say Something" and sharing it with a friend, our daughters, our sons, makes it so much easier. That's exactly what I'm doing with this book. Read and share - you never know the impact it might make!