Thank you to @kidlitexchange for providing me with a free copy of The Dead Inside to read in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. All opinions are my own.
Etler’s experience is not one I had read about before. As a young adult memoir, I was surprised, impressed, and concerned with the amount of detail it provided about her experiences. Any student I would recommend this to could not be an HSP (Highly Sensitive Person). It would need to be just the right student who I would have to know could handle the material Etler presents. (Trigger warnings for drug use, rape, sexual encounters, language, and disregard for human rights.)
Nevertheless, I rated The Dead Inside high with 4 stars. Etler’s descriptions are poignant and forced me to reflect about how I think about rehab facilities. Even after I put this one down, I found myself returning to many of the scenes the author shares, which is the sign of a good book to me! Etler has certainly used her experience for good by sharing her story with her readers.
Rating: 4/5 stars
TL/DR: If you pick up The Dead Inside, you will be met with a raw account of a nightmare situation. If you can handle the heavier content, you will not be disappointed.
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