Almost Lost by Beatrice Sparks
The True Story of an Anonymous Teenager's Life on the Streets

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Who in his right mind wants to talk to a shrink? I don't want to talk about anything. I don't want to feel anything, taste anything ... or anything. The lyrics "just dying to die" run around in my brain day and night...

Fifteen-year-old Sam is in pain. He comes to the therapist's office unwillingly, angry, depressed, and filled with guilt over his own self-destructive behavior. He is being drawn deeper and deeper into a black hole of despair from which he sees no way out.

The Road Back

This is the Real-life story of Sam's Recovery, told from tapes of his therapy sessions. It tells what drove him to leave home, how he survived on the street, and why he was desperate to escape from the brutality of the gang that had become his "family" and from the torment of his own self-loathing. For every teen who has experienced the pain and loneliness of a no-way-out darkness, and for all those who love them, here is the light that can lead the way back.


About Beatrice Sparks

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Beatrice Sparks is a family and adolescent therapist who edited the diary that formed the basis for Go Ask Alice, and has since edited many diaries on topics such as gangs, AIDS, and teen pregnancy in the 1988 Annie's Baby. She lives in Provo, UT.
Published July 9, 2010 by HarperCollins. 259 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Presented as edited transcripts of taped counseling sessions Sparks (It Happened to Nancy) conducted with a 15-year-old patient, Sammy, this book pieces together a sobering story of a boy almost los

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The caring therapist provides him with a variety of exercises, charts and ""mind games"" to help him get rid of the ""fetid garbage"" he is carrying around: his decision to join a gang in hopes of gaining a ""family,"" experimentation with drugs and alcohol, experience as a victim of a drive-by s...

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