Title: The D.B. List
Author: Rebekah L Purdy
Pages: 186 Pages
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Seventeen-year-old Ellie Gebhardt has spent the last three years of high school in psychotherapy, trying to fix a very broken her. And her shrink (or therapist as she likes to be called) seems to think that in order to totally heal, she needs to recognize all the good and bad things that have led her to this point. As if a trip down memory lane will suddenly make her better.
Mental health is such a contentious topic that it is unsurprising that it has filtered into young adult fiction. With The D.B. List, Rebekah L Purdy has held back no punches when dealing with this topic.
Set inside an institute, we follow the story of Ellie, a young girl who has tried to kill herself. As the story unfolds we see the reasons why she committed such an extreme act. This comes in the form of her DB list – or douche bag list. Running parallel to this list is the list of good things that have happened to her. As Ellie tries to make sense of what happened to her, she has to confront the demons of her past.
For such a relatively small book, novella really, Purdy manages to completely envelop you in a story of mental health and of the cruelty of school children. What is great is that she doesn’t sugar coat this experience. Her writing is raw and has a massive impact.
The D.B. List is the perfect book to help young people who aren’t really aware of mental health issues or who are quite aggressive and negative towards the issue. It will help create empathy and reveal to them a world that they may be unfamiliar with.
The D. B. List by Rebekah L Purdy is available now.