A novella about a boy named Mick and his struggles with life. His parent’s divorce and a friend’s suicide make his world unbearable. Each “cut” has a deeper meaning. A cry for help.
“I spin my dad’s Ruger SP101 revolver on the wood floor of my bedroom. Sometimes, just to see what it feels like, I place the tip of the gun against my temple, but I never once pull the trigger. NO!”
“I’m more into the slice of the blade against my skin and the blood running down my arm.”
“It relieves so much pressure.”
“And I can breathe again…”


This book goes out to my daughter and all her friends, and their friends, etc. So many kids and adults out there are suffering from something we all know as depression. There are so many that we don’t always know who they are. They could be the person we sit next to on the bus or in our math class at school. They may not show any signs of self-destruction on the outside, but on the inside, they want to die, or at most, hurt themselves because they don’t think they’re good enough, pretty enough, or likable enough.
But the truth is, they are loved more than they know. Is it that they don’t see it? Or is it that they don’t think they’re loveable enough for us? How is one person born without these thoughts and self-esteem issues, and another that just wants their world to end? Is it their lifestyle that makes them feel a certain way? Maybe a parent, an alcoholic or drug abuser is abusing them at home? We all live and are raised differently, but what makes us become so depressed that we want to end our life? I’m sure most of us have experienced some kind of bullying in our life. Maybe when we were in school, or maybe even at our job where we work. There’s always someone who has to be better than us or get his or her own way. Maybe they feel more superior when they’re bullying other people?
I don’t know all the answers, but I do know that we need to do something about it.


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Donna M. Zadunajsky was born and raised in Bristolville, Ohio, and resides in Homer Glen, Illinois. She has written seven children’s books that are about her daughter and all the adventures she has done in her young life. They are currently on Barnes and Noble and Amazon, available in eBook and paperback.

She spends her time writing short stories as well as novels. She published her first novel ‘Broken Promises’, in June 2012, her second novel ‘Not Forgotten’, May 2013, and her latest novel ‘Family Secrets’, Secrets and Second Chances Book 1, in December 2014.

Besides writing, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, their dog and two cats. She enjoys reading and working on crafts and scrapbooking. She graduated from The Institute of Children’s Literature in spring 2011.