High school senior Emily Smucker, who is prone to illnesses due to a weak immune system, describes her symptoms and how, after a series of tests and misdiagnoses, she learns she is infected with the West Nile virus.
Struggling with the stress disorder trichotillomania, Marni's compulsion to yank out her eyebrows, eyelashes, even the hair from the top of her head, makes surviving high school no easy feat. When Marni first started pulling, it helped her turn off her brain and escape the stresses of the world around her. Unfortunately, she didn't realize she was hooked until it was way too late.
A teen author describes her experiences with mental illness, something she shares with her mother, from her first psychiatric admission following eighth grade, through her bouts with depression and self-harm, suicide attempts, and rehab stays.