Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life

Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life

In the vein of bestselling memoirs about mental illness like Andrew Solomon's Noonday Demon, Sarah Hepola's Blackout, and Daniel Smith's Monkey Mind comes a gorgeously immersive, immediately relatable, and brilliantly funny memoir about living life on the razor's edge of panic. The world never made any sense to Amanda Stern--how could she trust time to keep flowing, the sun In the vein of bestselling memoirs about mental illness like Andrew Solomon's Noonday Demon, Sarah Hepola's Blackout,...

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Title:Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life
Author:Amanda Stern
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:1538711923
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life Reviews

  • Carolee Wheeler
    Sep 11, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda?s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerab...

    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly e...

    A STUNNING, evocative story about the meaning of living with an undiagnosed panic disorder, LITTLE PANIC grips and discomfits in the best way. Stern's honesty is compelling, her humor always spot on. She is a consummate New Yorker from the last moments when New York was still gritty an...

    I?m an anxious person, and though I?ve never had a full blown panic attack, much of what Stern recounts from her childhood sounds familiar. The anxious, dreadful thoughts that run through little Amanda?s mind made my heart break. Amazing that this girl, who lived in a nice hous...

    An insightful and incredibly vulnerable look into Amanda's life. Very appreciative that authors like Amanda are willing to share their stories to help those who suffer similarly from anxiety. ...

    This is a must read for anyone who suffers with anxiety! It is brave, brilliant, and honest. I could relate in so many ways that my dog got tired of me screaming "Me too!". This book should have been written by the the psychiatric community years ago, thankfully Amanda Stern has finall...

    Wow. I have some mild anxiety, and I know and love people who have more severe anxiety and panic attacks, so I guess I thought I had some idea about the struggle of severe anxiety/panic sufferers, but this was a complete eye-opener. Also as a children's librarian (and just as a person ...

    BOOK OF THE YEAR!! ...

    Little Panic is a memoir of panic and anxiety. I have generalized anxiety disorder and this book was like a therapy session. It?s always nice to know you?re not alone in the world of anxiety. ...

    I'm not going to rate this book, because if I don't give it 5 stars, I'm afraid the author may have a panic attack if she reads this. It's a difficult book to read because she's been through such hell. ...

    Memoirs of anxiety are exhausting to read. ...

    As soon as I began this book, I started looking over my shoulder. Never before have I read a description of some of the fears that have haunted me since childhood. Like Amanda, I was afraid to sleep away from my parents; like Amanda, I was ostracized and internalized it into proof of m...

  • Lesley Kay
    Sep 13, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda?s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerab...

    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly e...

    A STUNNING, evocative story about the meaning of living with an undiagnosed panic disorder, LITTLE PANIC grips and discomfits in the best way. Stern's honesty is compelling, her humor always spot on. She is a consummate New Yorker from the last moments when New York was still gritty an...

    I?m an anxious person, and though I?ve never had a full blown panic attack, much of what Stern recounts from her childhood sounds familiar. The anxious, dreadful thoughts that run through little Amanda?s mind made my heart break. Amazing that this girl, who lived in a nice hous...

    An insightful and incredibly vulnerable look into Amanda's life. Very appreciative that authors like Amanda are willing to share their stories to help those who suffer similarly from anxiety. ...

    This is a must read for anyone who suffers with anxiety! It is brave, brilliant, and honest. I could relate in so many ways that my dog got tired of me screaming "Me too!". This book should have been written by the the psychiatric community years ago, thankfully Amanda Stern has finall...

    Wow. I have some mild anxiety, and I know and love people who have more severe anxiety and panic attacks, so I guess I thought I had some idea about the struggle of severe anxiety/panic sufferers, but this was a complete eye-opener. Also as a children's librarian (and just as a person ...

    BOOK OF THE YEAR!! ...

    Little Panic is a memoir of panic and anxiety. I have generalized anxiety disorder and this book was like a therapy session. It?s always nice to know you?re not alone in the world of anxiety. ...

    I'm not going to rate this book, because if I don't give it 5 stars, I'm afraid the author may have a panic attack if she reads this. It's a difficult book to read because she's been through such hell. ...

    Memoirs of anxiety are exhausting to read. ...

    As soon as I began this book, I started looking over my shoulder. Never before have I read a description of some of the fears that have haunted me since childhood. Like Amanda, I was afraid to sleep away from my parents; like Amanda, I was ostracized and internalized it into proof of m...

    I wanted to read this book because I have several friends who struggle with anxiety, and I hoped this book would provide some insight into anxiety. And wow, did it ever! It was heartbreaking and frustrating to read about Amanda's childhood, as her experiences and struggles were minimiz...

    I have an expectation that people who write memoirs will start with the problem, will have the problem resolved by the middle, and will spend the end explaining their moving on. This is not that story. The majority of the book is uncomfortable, with unresolved, unidentified swirls of a...

    #FirstLine ~ Time sticks numbers on the world and marks spaces I can't see. Honest, brilliant and eye-opening. Little Panic is one of those memoirs that leaves the readers feeling connected to the writer. One of those reads that captures what is really means to be human, what it fe...

    This book was everything I desperately needed to read. I grew up not understanding I was highly-sensitive and anxious and felt crazy and different and alone much of the time, never being able to convey what was going on in my brain. Page after page of this book, my jaw kept dropping, b...

    Stern does a fabulous job of putting the reader inside the head of someone who struggles with anxiety. I felt her confusion and pain and so wished I could tell those around her to pay more attention. How do you get to 25 without someone realizing that you have a condition that can be h...

    Amanda Stern?s beautifully vulnerable memoir is not simply about panic disorder. It?s also about how we treat others when they don?t match our internalized standards, how we have designed our education system to reject human variation, how our society devalues people who take in ...

    Definitely hard to read nearly 400 pages of the internal dialogue of someone with extreme crippling anxiety if you?ve ever experienced any relative degree of anxiety and panic yourself, but this was powerful and gut wrenching and worth the long slow read. ...

    If I could give this book 10 stars I would. Amanda Stern pours her heart out and through her beautiful writing makes her lifetime of anxiety fascinating, inspiring, and even humorous. She recounts her experiences as a child growing up in New York City's West Village, from disturbing ps...

    I absolutely loved this book. If you, or someone you love, lives with anxiety - this is a MUST READ. It's incredibly enjoyable and reads like a novel, but it's the best description I have ever read of what it's like to live in my mind and my body. I felt like Amanda articulated feeling...

  • Tracy
    Jun 24, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda?s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerab...

    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly e...

    A STUNNING, evocative story about the meaning of living with an undiagnosed panic disorder, LITTLE PANIC grips and discomfits in the best way. Stern's honesty is compelling, her humor always spot on. She is a consummate New Yorker from the last moments when New York was still gritty an...

    I?m an anxious person, and though I?ve never had a full blown panic attack, much of what Stern recounts from her childhood sounds familiar. The anxious, dreadful thoughts that run through little Amanda?s mind made my heart break. Amazing that this girl, who lived in a nice hous...

    An insightful and incredibly vulnerable look into Amanda's life. Very appreciative that authors like Amanda are willing to share their stories to help those who suffer similarly from anxiety. ...

    This is a must read for anyone who suffers with anxiety! It is brave, brilliant, and honest. I could relate in so many ways that my dog got tired of me screaming "Me too!". This book should have been written by the the psychiatric community years ago, thankfully Amanda Stern has finall...

    Wow. I have some mild anxiety, and I know and love people who have more severe anxiety and panic attacks, so I guess I thought I had some idea about the struggle of severe anxiety/panic sufferers, but this was a complete eye-opener. Also as a children's librarian (and just as a person ...

    BOOK OF THE YEAR!! ...

    Little Panic is a memoir of panic and anxiety. I have generalized anxiety disorder and this book was like a therapy session. It?s always nice to know you?re not alone in the world of anxiety. ...

    I'm not going to rate this book, because if I don't give it 5 stars, I'm afraid the author may have a panic attack if she reads this. It's a difficult book to read because she's been through such hell. ...

    Memoirs of anxiety are exhausting to read. ...

  • Laurie
    Sep 29, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda?s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerab...

    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly e...

    A STUNNING, evocative story about the meaning of living with an undiagnosed panic disorder, LITTLE PANIC grips and discomfits in the best way. Stern's honesty is compelling, her humor always spot on. She is a consummate New Yorker from the last moments when New York was still gritty an...

    I?m an anxious person, and though I?ve never had a full blown panic attack, much of what Stern recounts from her childhood sounds familiar. The anxious, dreadful thoughts that run through little Amanda?s mind made my heart break. Amazing that this girl, who lived in a nice hous...

    An insightful and incredibly vulnerable look into Amanda's life. Very appreciative that authors like Amanda are willing to share their stories to help those who suffer similarly from anxiety. ...

    This is a must read for anyone who suffers with anxiety! It is brave, brilliant, and honest. I could relate in so many ways that my dog got tired of me screaming "Me too!". This book should have been written by the the psychiatric community years ago, thankfully Amanda Stern has finall...

    Wow. I have some mild anxiety, and I know and love people who have more severe anxiety and panic attacks, so I guess I thought I had some idea about the struggle of severe anxiety/panic sufferers, but this was a complete eye-opener. Also as a children's librarian (and just as a person ...

    BOOK OF THE YEAR!! ...

    Little Panic is a memoir of panic and anxiety. I have generalized anxiety disorder and this book was like a therapy session. It?s always nice to know you?re not alone in the world of anxiety. ...

    I'm not going to rate this book, because if I don't give it 5 stars, I'm afraid the author may have a panic attack if she reads this. It's a difficult book to read because she's been through such hell. ...

    Memoirs of anxiety are exhausting to read. ...

    As soon as I began this book, I started looking over my shoulder. Never before have I read a description of some of the fears that have haunted me since childhood. Like Amanda, I was afraid to sleep away from my parents; like Amanda, I was ostracized and internalized it into proof of m...

    I wanted to read this book because I have several friends who struggle with anxiety, and I hoped this book would provide some insight into anxiety. And wow, did it ever! It was heartbreaking and frustrating to read about Amanda's childhood, as her experiences and struggles were minimiz...

    I have an expectation that people who write memoirs will start with the problem, will have the problem resolved by the middle, and will spend the end explaining their moving on. This is not that story. The majority of the book is uncomfortable, with unresolved, unidentified swirls of a...

    #FirstLine ~ Time sticks numbers on the world and marks spaces I can't see. Honest, brilliant and eye-opening. Little Panic is one of those memoirs that leaves the readers feeling connected to the writer. One of those reads that captures what is really means to be human, what it fe...

    This book was everything I desperately needed to read. I grew up not understanding I was highly-sensitive and anxious and felt crazy and different and alone much of the time, never being able to convey what was going on in my brain. Page after page of this book, my jaw kept dropping, b...

    Stern does a fabulous job of putting the reader inside the head of someone who struggles with anxiety. I felt her confusion and pain and so wished I could tell those around her to pay more attention. How do you get to 25 without someone realizing that you have a condition that can be h...

    Amanda Stern?s beautifully vulnerable memoir is not simply about panic disorder. It?s also about how we treat others when they don?t match our internalized standards, how we have designed our education system to reject human variation, how our society devalues people who take in ...

    Definitely hard to read nearly 400 pages of the internal dialogue of someone with extreme crippling anxiety if you?ve ever experienced any relative degree of anxiety and panic yourself, but this was powerful and gut wrenching and worth the long slow read. ...

    If I could give this book 10 stars I would. Amanda Stern pours her heart out and through her beautiful writing makes her lifetime of anxiety fascinating, inspiring, and even humorous. She recounts her experiences as a child growing up in New York City's West Village, from disturbing ps...

    I absolutely loved this book. If you, or someone you love, lives with anxiety - this is a MUST READ. It's incredibly enjoyable and reads like a novel, but it's the best description I have ever read of what it's like to live in my mind and my body. I felt like Amanda articulated feeling...

    This book is a fast read, engaging from the start. In "Little Panic" Amanda Stern clearly shows how one's internal experiences are labeled wrong, by others, by oneself, by psychology tests. In one of her adult relationships, with a man named Javier, he refers to her moods as 'n...

    I just started this a few days ago, but once I picked it up I couldn?t put it down. I stayed up until 130 in the morning and then set my alarm early so I could read the last few chapters. I had so many emotions while reading this book and it opened so many questions for me. About who...

    ?The edges of the room smudge with black fog, and a slow suction pulls me away... Soon my classmates will be far ahead of me. I?ll watch them move without me to the grade above...and they?ll go to college and get married and have babies and families and jobs and houses, and I?l...

    At 25, Amanda Stern was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. This, after going through stress hell growing up, being wrongly diagnosed with a learning disorder, worrying that her mother would die if she didn?t keep an eye on her, and worrying that the world would fall apart at any sec...

  • Nina
    Jan 31, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

  • Julene
    Sep 24, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda?s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerab...

    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly e...

    A STUNNING, evocative story about the meaning of living with an undiagnosed panic disorder, LITTLE PANIC grips and discomfits in the best way. Stern's honesty is compelling, her humor always spot on. She is a consummate New Yorker from the last moments when New York was still gritty an...

    I?m an anxious person, and though I?ve never had a full blown panic attack, much of what Stern recounts from her childhood sounds familiar. The anxious, dreadful thoughts that run through little Amanda?s mind made my heart break. Amazing that this girl, who lived in a nice hous...

    An insightful and incredibly vulnerable look into Amanda's life. Very appreciative that authors like Amanda are willing to share their stories to help those who suffer similarly from anxiety. ...

    This is a must read for anyone who suffers with anxiety! It is brave, brilliant, and honest. I could relate in so many ways that my dog got tired of me screaming "Me too!". This book should have been written by the the psychiatric community years ago, thankfully Amanda Stern has finall...

    Wow. I have some mild anxiety, and I know and love people who have more severe anxiety and panic attacks, so I guess I thought I had some idea about the struggle of severe anxiety/panic sufferers, but this was a complete eye-opener. Also as a children's librarian (and just as a person ...

    BOOK OF THE YEAR!! ...

    Little Panic is a memoir of panic and anxiety. I have generalized anxiety disorder and this book was like a therapy session. It?s always nice to know you?re not alone in the world of anxiety. ...

    I'm not going to rate this book, because if I don't give it 5 stars, I'm afraid the author may have a panic attack if she reads this. It's a difficult book to read because she's been through such hell. ...

    Memoirs of anxiety are exhausting to read. ...

    As soon as I began this book, I started looking over my shoulder. Never before have I read a description of some of the fears that have haunted me since childhood. Like Amanda, I was afraid to sleep away from my parents; like Amanda, I was ostracized and internalized it into proof of m...

    I wanted to read this book because I have several friends who struggle with anxiety, and I hoped this book would provide some insight into anxiety. And wow, did it ever! It was heartbreaking and frustrating to read about Amanda's childhood, as her experiences and struggles were minimiz...

    I have an expectation that people who write memoirs will start with the problem, will have the problem resolved by the middle, and will spend the end explaining their moving on. This is not that story. The majority of the book is uncomfortable, with unresolved, unidentified swirls of a...

    #FirstLine ~ Time sticks numbers on the world and marks spaces I can't see. Honest, brilliant and eye-opening. Little Panic is one of those memoirs that leaves the readers feeling connected to the writer. One of those reads that captures what is really means to be human, what it fe...

    This book was everything I desperately needed to read. I grew up not understanding I was highly-sensitive and anxious and felt crazy and different and alone much of the time, never being able to convey what was going on in my brain. Page after page of this book, my jaw kept dropping, b...

    Stern does a fabulous job of putting the reader inside the head of someone who struggles with anxiety. I felt her confusion and pain and so wished I could tell those around her to pay more attention. How do you get to 25 without someone realizing that you have a condition that can be h...

    Amanda Stern?s beautifully vulnerable memoir is not simply about panic disorder. It?s also about how we treat others when they don?t match our internalized standards, how we have designed our education system to reject human variation, how our society devalues people who take in ...

    Definitely hard to read nearly 400 pages of the internal dialogue of someone with extreme crippling anxiety if you?ve ever experienced any relative degree of anxiety and panic yourself, but this was powerful and gut wrenching and worth the long slow read. ...

    If I could give this book 10 stars I would. Amanda Stern pours her heart out and through her beautiful writing makes her lifetime of anxiety fascinating, inspiring, and even humorous. She recounts her experiences as a child growing up in New York City's West Village, from disturbing ps...

    I absolutely loved this book. If you, or someone you love, lives with anxiety - this is a MUST READ. It's incredibly enjoyable and reads like a novel, but it's the best description I have ever read of what it's like to live in my mind and my body. I felt like Amanda articulated feeling...

    This book is a fast read, engaging from the start. In "Little Panic" Amanda Stern clearly shows how one's internal experiences are labeled wrong, by others, by oneself, by psychology tests. In one of her adult relationships, with a man named Javier, he refers to her moods as 'n...

  • Jess
    Jun 26, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda?s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerab...

    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly e...

  • Liz Willard
    Aug 18, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda?s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerab...

    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly e...

    A STUNNING, evocative story about the meaning of living with an undiagnosed panic disorder, LITTLE PANIC grips and discomfits in the best way. Stern's honesty is compelling, her humor always spot on. She is a consummate New Yorker from the last moments when New York was still gritty an...

    I?m an anxious person, and though I?ve never had a full blown panic attack, much of what Stern recounts from her childhood sounds familiar. The anxious, dreadful thoughts that run through little Amanda?s mind made my heart break. Amazing that this girl, who lived in a nice hous...

    An insightful and incredibly vulnerable look into Amanda's life. Very appreciative that authors like Amanda are willing to share their stories to help those who suffer similarly from anxiety. ...

    This is a must read for anyone who suffers with anxiety! It is brave, brilliant, and honest. I could relate in so many ways that my dog got tired of me screaming "Me too!". This book should have been written by the the psychiatric community years ago, thankfully Amanda Stern has finall...

    Wow. I have some mild anxiety, and I know and love people who have more severe anxiety and panic attacks, so I guess I thought I had some idea about the struggle of severe anxiety/panic sufferers, but this was a complete eye-opener. Also as a children's librarian (and just as a person ...

    BOOK OF THE YEAR!! ...

    Little Panic is a memoir of panic and anxiety. I have generalized anxiety disorder and this book was like a therapy session. It?s always nice to know you?re not alone in the world of anxiety. ...

    I'm not going to rate this book, because if I don't give it 5 stars, I'm afraid the author may have a panic attack if she reads this. It's a difficult book to read because she's been through such hell. ...

    Memoirs of anxiety are exhausting to read. ...

    As soon as I began this book, I started looking over my shoulder. Never before have I read a description of some of the fears that have haunted me since childhood. Like Amanda, I was afraid to sleep away from my parents; like Amanda, I was ostracized and internalized it into proof of m...

    I wanted to read this book because I have several friends who struggle with anxiety, and I hoped this book would provide some insight into anxiety. And wow, did it ever! It was heartbreaking and frustrating to read about Amanda's childhood, as her experiences and struggles were minimiz...

  • Jen
    Aug 25, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda?s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerab...

    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly e...

    A STUNNING, evocative story about the meaning of living with an undiagnosed panic disorder, LITTLE PANIC grips and discomfits in the best way. Stern's honesty is compelling, her humor always spot on. She is a consummate New Yorker from the last moments when New York was still gritty an...

    I?m an anxious person, and though I?ve never had a full blown panic attack, much of what Stern recounts from her childhood sounds familiar. The anxious, dreadful thoughts that run through little Amanda?s mind made my heart break. Amazing that this girl, who lived in a nice hous...

    An insightful and incredibly vulnerable look into Amanda's life. Very appreciative that authors like Amanda are willing to share their stories to help those who suffer similarly from anxiety. ...

    This is a must read for anyone who suffers with anxiety! It is brave, brilliant, and honest. I could relate in so many ways that my dog got tired of me screaming "Me too!". This book should have been written by the the psychiatric community years ago, thankfully Amanda Stern has finall...

    Wow. I have some mild anxiety, and I know and love people who have more severe anxiety and panic attacks, so I guess I thought I had some idea about the struggle of severe anxiety/panic sufferers, but this was a complete eye-opener. Also as a children's librarian (and just as a person ...

    BOOK OF THE YEAR!! ...

    Little Panic is a memoir of panic and anxiety. I have generalized anxiety disorder and this book was like a therapy session. It?s always nice to know you?re not alone in the world of anxiety. ...

    I'm not going to rate this book, because if I don't give it 5 stars, I'm afraid the author may have a panic attack if she reads this. It's a difficult book to read because she's been through such hell. ...

    Memoirs of anxiety are exhausting to read. ...

    As soon as I began this book, I started looking over my shoulder. Never before have I read a description of some of the fears that have haunted me since childhood. Like Amanda, I was afraid to sleep away from my parents; like Amanda, I was ostracized and internalized it into proof of m...

    I wanted to read this book because I have several friends who struggle with anxiety, and I hoped this book would provide some insight into anxiety. And wow, did it ever! It was heartbreaking and frustrating to read about Amanda's childhood, as her experiences and struggles were minimiz...

    I have an expectation that people who write memoirs will start with the problem, will have the problem resolved by the middle, and will spend the end explaining their moving on. This is not that story. The majority of the book is uncomfortable, with unresolved, unidentified swirls of a...

    #FirstLine ~ Time sticks numbers on the world and marks spaces I can't see. Honest, brilliant and eye-opening. Little Panic is one of those memoirs that leaves the readers feeling connected to the writer. One of those reads that captures what is really means to be human, what it fe...

    This book was everything I desperately needed to read. I grew up not understanding I was highly-sensitive and anxious and felt crazy and different and alone much of the time, never being able to convey what was going on in my brain. Page after page of this book, my jaw kept dropping, b...

  • Jessica
    Oct 27, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda?s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerab...

    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly e...

    A STUNNING, evocative story about the meaning of living with an undiagnosed panic disorder, LITTLE PANIC grips and discomfits in the best way. Stern's honesty is compelling, her humor always spot on. She is a consummate New Yorker from the last moments when New York was still gritty an...

    I?m an anxious person, and though I?ve never had a full blown panic attack, much of what Stern recounts from her childhood sounds familiar. The anxious, dreadful thoughts that run through little Amanda?s mind made my heart break. Amazing that this girl, who lived in a nice hous...

    An insightful and incredibly vulnerable look into Amanda's life. Very appreciative that authors like Amanda are willing to share their stories to help those who suffer similarly from anxiety. ...

    This is a must read for anyone who suffers with anxiety! It is brave, brilliant, and honest. I could relate in so many ways that my dog got tired of me screaming "Me too!". This book should have been written by the the psychiatric community years ago, thankfully Amanda Stern has finall...

    Wow. I have some mild anxiety, and I know and love people who have more severe anxiety and panic attacks, so I guess I thought I had some idea about the struggle of severe anxiety/panic sufferers, but this was a complete eye-opener. Also as a children's librarian (and just as a person ...

    BOOK OF THE YEAR!! ...

    Little Panic is a memoir of panic and anxiety. I have generalized anxiety disorder and this book was like a therapy session. It?s always nice to know you?re not alone in the world of anxiety. ...

    I'm not going to rate this book, because if I don't give it 5 stars, I'm afraid the author may have a panic attack if she reads this. It's a difficult book to read because she's been through such hell. ...

    Memoirs of anxiety are exhausting to read. ...

    As soon as I began this book, I started looking over my shoulder. Never before have I read a description of some of the fears that have haunted me since childhood. Like Amanda, I was afraid to sleep away from my parents; like Amanda, I was ostracized and internalized it into proof of m...

    I wanted to read this book because I have several friends who struggle with anxiety, and I hoped this book would provide some insight into anxiety. And wow, did it ever! It was heartbreaking and frustrating to read about Amanda's childhood, as her experiences and struggles were minimiz...

    I have an expectation that people who write memoirs will start with the problem, will have the problem resolved by the middle, and will spend the end explaining their moving on. This is not that story. The majority of the book is uncomfortable, with unresolved, unidentified swirls of a...

  • Daisy
    Aug 14, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda?s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerab...

    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly e...

    A STUNNING, evocative story about the meaning of living with an undiagnosed panic disorder, LITTLE PANIC grips and discomfits in the best way. Stern's honesty is compelling, her humor always spot on. She is a consummate New Yorker from the last moments when New York was still gritty an...

    I?m an anxious person, and though I?ve never had a full blown panic attack, much of what Stern recounts from her childhood sounds familiar. The anxious, dreadful thoughts that run through little Amanda?s mind made my heart break. Amazing that this girl, who lived in a nice hous...

    An insightful and incredibly vulnerable look into Amanda's life. Very appreciative that authors like Amanda are willing to share their stories to help those who suffer similarly from anxiety. ...

    This is a must read for anyone who suffers with anxiety! It is brave, brilliant, and honest. I could relate in so many ways that my dog got tired of me screaming "Me too!". This book should have been written by the the psychiatric community years ago, thankfully Amanda Stern has finall...

  • Tracy
    May 19, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda?s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerab...

    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly e...

    A STUNNING, evocative story about the meaning of living with an undiagnosed panic disorder, LITTLE PANIC grips and discomfits in the best way. Stern's honesty is compelling, her humor always spot on. She is a consummate New Yorker from the last moments when New York was still gritty an...

    I?m an anxious person, and though I?ve never had a full blown panic attack, much of what Stern recounts from her childhood sounds familiar. The anxious, dreadful thoughts that run through little Amanda?s mind made my heart break. Amazing that this girl, who lived in a nice hous...

    An insightful and incredibly vulnerable look into Amanda's life. Very appreciative that authors like Amanda are willing to share their stories to help those who suffer similarly from anxiety. ...

    This is a must read for anyone who suffers with anxiety! It is brave, brilliant, and honest. I could relate in so many ways that my dog got tired of me screaming "Me too!". This book should have been written by the the psychiatric community years ago, thankfully Amanda Stern has finall...

    Wow. I have some mild anxiety, and I know and love people who have more severe anxiety and panic attacks, so I guess I thought I had some idea about the struggle of severe anxiety/panic sufferers, but this was a complete eye-opener. Also as a children's librarian (and just as a person ...

    BOOK OF THE YEAR!! ...

    Little Panic is a memoir of panic and anxiety. I have generalized anxiety disorder and this book was like a therapy session. It?s always nice to know you?re not alone in the world of anxiety. ...

    I'm not going to rate this book, because if I don't give it 5 stars, I'm afraid the author may have a panic attack if she reads this. It's a difficult book to read because she's been through such hell. ...

    Memoirs of anxiety are exhausting to read. ...

    As soon as I began this book, I started looking over my shoulder. Never before have I read a description of some of the fears that have haunted me since childhood. Like Amanda, I was afraid to sleep away from my parents; like Amanda, I was ostracized and internalized it into proof of m...

    I wanted to read this book because I have several friends who struggle with anxiety, and I hoped this book would provide some insight into anxiety. And wow, did it ever! It was heartbreaking and frustrating to read about Amanda's childhood, as her experiences and struggles were minimiz...

    I have an expectation that people who write memoirs will start with the problem, will have the problem resolved by the middle, and will spend the end explaining their moving on. This is not that story. The majority of the book is uncomfortable, with unresolved, unidentified swirls of a...

    #FirstLine ~ Time sticks numbers on the world and marks spaces I can't see. Honest, brilliant and eye-opening. Little Panic is one of those memoirs that leaves the readers feeling connected to the writer. One of those reads that captures what is really means to be human, what it fe...

    This book was everything I desperately needed to read. I grew up not understanding I was highly-sensitive and anxious and felt crazy and different and alone much of the time, never being able to convey what was going on in my brain. Page after page of this book, my jaw kept dropping, b...

    Stern does a fabulous job of putting the reader inside the head of someone who struggles with anxiety. I felt her confusion and pain and so wished I could tell those around her to pay more attention. How do you get to 25 without someone realizing that you have a condition that can be h...

  • Kate
    Aug 11, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda?s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerab...

    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly e...

    A STUNNING, evocative story about the meaning of living with an undiagnosed panic disorder, LITTLE PANIC grips and discomfits in the best way. Stern's honesty is compelling, her humor always spot on. She is a consummate New Yorker from the last moments when New York was still gritty an...

    I?m an anxious person, and though I?ve never had a full blown panic attack, much of what Stern recounts from her childhood sounds familiar. The anxious, dreadful thoughts that run through little Amanda?s mind made my heart break. Amazing that this girl, who lived in a nice hous...

    An insightful and incredibly vulnerable look into Amanda's life. Very appreciative that authors like Amanda are willing to share their stories to help those who suffer similarly from anxiety. ...

    This is a must read for anyone who suffers with anxiety! It is brave, brilliant, and honest. I could relate in so many ways that my dog got tired of me screaming "Me too!". This book should have been written by the the psychiatric community years ago, thankfully Amanda Stern has finall...

    Wow. I have some mild anxiety, and I know and love people who have more severe anxiety and panic attacks, so I guess I thought I had some idea about the struggle of severe anxiety/panic sufferers, but this was a complete eye-opener. Also as a children's librarian (and just as a person ...

  • Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
    Aug 19, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda?s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerab...

    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly e...

    A STUNNING, evocative story about the meaning of living with an undiagnosed panic disorder, LITTLE PANIC grips and discomfits in the best way. Stern's honesty is compelling, her humor always spot on. She is a consummate New Yorker from the last moments when New York was still gritty an...

    I?m an anxious person, and though I?ve never had a full blown panic attack, much of what Stern recounts from her childhood sounds familiar. The anxious, dreadful thoughts that run through little Amanda?s mind made my heart break. Amazing that this girl, who lived in a nice hous...

    An insightful and incredibly vulnerable look into Amanda's life. Very appreciative that authors like Amanda are willing to share their stories to help those who suffer similarly from anxiety. ...

    This is a must read for anyone who suffers with anxiety! It is brave, brilliant, and honest. I could relate in so many ways that my dog got tired of me screaming "Me too!". This book should have been written by the the psychiatric community years ago, thankfully Amanda Stern has finall...

    Wow. I have some mild anxiety, and I know and love people who have more severe anxiety and panic attacks, so I guess I thought I had some idea about the struggle of severe anxiety/panic sufferers, but this was a complete eye-opener. Also as a children's librarian (and just as a person ...

    BOOK OF THE YEAR!! ...

    Little Panic is a memoir of panic and anxiety. I have generalized anxiety disorder and this book was like a therapy session. It?s always nice to know you?re not alone in the world of anxiety. ...

    I'm not going to rate this book, because if I don't give it 5 stars, I'm afraid the author may have a panic attack if she reads this. It's a difficult book to read because she's been through such hell. ...

    Memoirs of anxiety are exhausting to read. ...

    As soon as I began this book, I started looking over my shoulder. Never before have I read a description of some of the fears that have haunted me since childhood. Like Amanda, I was afraid to sleep away from my parents; like Amanda, I was ostracized and internalized it into proof of m...

    I wanted to read this book because I have several friends who struggle with anxiety, and I hoped this book would provide some insight into anxiety. And wow, did it ever! It was heartbreaking and frustrating to read about Amanda's childhood, as her experiences and struggles were minimiz...

    I have an expectation that people who write memoirs will start with the problem, will have the problem resolved by the middle, and will spend the end explaining their moving on. This is not that story. The majority of the book is uncomfortable, with unresolved, unidentified swirls of a...

    #FirstLine ~ Time sticks numbers on the world and marks spaces I can't see. Honest, brilliant and eye-opening. Little Panic is one of those memoirs that leaves the readers feeling connected to the writer. One of those reads that captures what is really means to be human, what it fe...

  • Claire
    Jul 14, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda?s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerab...

    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly e...

    A STUNNING, evocative story about the meaning of living with an undiagnosed panic disorder, LITTLE PANIC grips and discomfits in the best way. Stern's honesty is compelling, her humor always spot on. She is a consummate New Yorker from the last moments when New York was still gritty an...

    I?m an anxious person, and though I?ve never had a full blown panic attack, much of what Stern recounts from her childhood sounds familiar. The anxious, dreadful thoughts that run through little Amanda?s mind made my heart break. Amazing that this girl, who lived in a nice hous...

    An insightful and incredibly vulnerable look into Amanda's life. Very appreciative that authors like Amanda are willing to share their stories to help those who suffer similarly from anxiety. ...

    This is a must read for anyone who suffers with anxiety! It is brave, brilliant, and honest. I could relate in so many ways that my dog got tired of me screaming "Me too!". This book should have been written by the the psychiatric community years ago, thankfully Amanda Stern has finall...

    Wow. I have some mild anxiety, and I know and love people who have more severe anxiety and panic attacks, so I guess I thought I had some idea about the struggle of severe anxiety/panic sufferers, but this was a complete eye-opener. Also as a children's librarian (and just as a person ...

    BOOK OF THE YEAR!! ...

    Little Panic is a memoir of panic and anxiety. I have generalized anxiety disorder and this book was like a therapy session. It?s always nice to know you?re not alone in the world of anxiety. ...

    I'm not going to rate this book, because if I don't give it 5 stars, I'm afraid the author may have a panic attack if she reads this. It's a difficult book to read because she's been through such hell. ...

    Memoirs of anxiety are exhausting to read. ...

    As soon as I began this book, I started looking over my shoulder. Never before have I read a description of some of the fears that have haunted me since childhood. Like Amanda, I was afraid to sleep away from my parents; like Amanda, I was ostracized and internalized it into proof of m...

    I wanted to read this book because I have several friends who struggle with anxiety, and I hoped this book would provide some insight into anxiety. And wow, did it ever! It was heartbreaking and frustrating to read about Amanda's childhood, as her experiences and struggles were minimiz...

    I have an expectation that people who write memoirs will start with the problem, will have the problem resolved by the middle, and will spend the end explaining their moving on. This is not that story. The majority of the book is uncomfortable, with unresolved, unidentified swirls of a...

    #FirstLine ~ Time sticks numbers on the world and marks spaces I can't see. Honest, brilliant and eye-opening. Little Panic is one of those memoirs that leaves the readers feeling connected to the writer. One of those reads that captures what is really means to be human, what it fe...

    This book was everything I desperately needed to read. I grew up not understanding I was highly-sensitive and anxious and felt crazy and different and alone much of the time, never being able to convey what was going on in my brain. Page after page of this book, my jaw kept dropping, b...

    Stern does a fabulous job of putting the reader inside the head of someone who struggles with anxiety. I felt her confusion and pain and so wished I could tell those around her to pay more attention. How do you get to 25 without someone realizing that you have a condition that can be h...

    Amanda Stern?s beautifully vulnerable memoir is not simply about panic disorder. It?s also about how we treat others when they don?t match our internalized standards, how we have designed our education system to reject human variation, how our society devalues people who take in ...

  • Roryz
    Aug 17, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda?s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerab...

    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly e...

    A STUNNING, evocative story about the meaning of living with an undiagnosed panic disorder, LITTLE PANIC grips and discomfits in the best way. Stern's honesty is compelling, her humor always spot on. She is a consummate New Yorker from the last moments when New York was still gritty an...

    I?m an anxious person, and though I?ve never had a full blown panic attack, much of what Stern recounts from her childhood sounds familiar. The anxious, dreadful thoughts that run through little Amanda?s mind made my heart break. Amazing that this girl, who lived in a nice hous...

  • Ramona Mead
    Aug 07, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda?s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerab...

    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly e...

    A STUNNING, evocative story about the meaning of living with an undiagnosed panic disorder, LITTLE PANIC grips and discomfits in the best way. Stern's honesty is compelling, her humor always spot on. She is a consummate New Yorker from the last moments when New York was still gritty an...

    I?m an anxious person, and though I?ve never had a full blown panic attack, much of what Stern recounts from her childhood sounds familiar. The anxious, dreadful thoughts that run through little Amanda?s mind made my heart break. Amazing that this girl, who lived in a nice hous...

    An insightful and incredibly vulnerable look into Amanda's life. Very appreciative that authors like Amanda are willing to share their stories to help those who suffer similarly from anxiety. ...

    This is a must read for anyone who suffers with anxiety! It is brave, brilliant, and honest. I could relate in so many ways that my dog got tired of me screaming "Me too!". This book should have been written by the the psychiatric community years ago, thankfully Amanda Stern has finall...

    Wow. I have some mild anxiety, and I know and love people who have more severe anxiety and panic attacks, so I guess I thought I had some idea about the struggle of severe anxiety/panic sufferers, but this was a complete eye-opener. Also as a children's librarian (and just as a person ...

    BOOK OF THE YEAR!! ...

    Little Panic is a memoir of panic and anxiety. I have generalized anxiety disorder and this book was like a therapy session. It?s always nice to know you?re not alone in the world of anxiety. ...

    I'm not going to rate this book, because if I don't give it 5 stars, I'm afraid the author may have a panic attack if she reads this. It's a difficult book to read because she's been through such hell. ...

    Memoirs of anxiety are exhausting to read. ...

    As soon as I began this book, I started looking over my shoulder. Never before have I read a description of some of the fears that have haunted me since childhood. Like Amanda, I was afraid to sleep away from my parents; like Amanda, I was ostracized and internalized it into proof of m...

    I wanted to read this book because I have several friends who struggle with anxiety, and I hoped this book would provide some insight into anxiety. And wow, did it ever! It was heartbreaking and frustrating to read about Amanda's childhood, as her experiences and struggles were minimiz...

    I have an expectation that people who write memoirs will start with the problem, will have the problem resolved by the middle, and will spend the end explaining their moving on. This is not that story. The majority of the book is uncomfortable, with unresolved, unidentified swirls of a...

    #FirstLine ~ Time sticks numbers on the world and marks spaces I can't see. Honest, brilliant and eye-opening. Little Panic is one of those memoirs that leaves the readers feeling connected to the writer. One of those reads that captures what is really means to be human, what it fe...

    This book was everything I desperately needed to read. I grew up not understanding I was highly-sensitive and anxious and felt crazy and different and alone much of the time, never being able to convey what was going on in my brain. Page after page of this book, my jaw kept dropping, b...

    Stern does a fabulous job of putting the reader inside the head of someone who struggles with anxiety. I felt her confusion and pain and so wished I could tell those around her to pay more attention. How do you get to 25 without someone realizing that you have a condition that can be h...

    Amanda Stern?s beautifully vulnerable memoir is not simply about panic disorder. It?s also about how we treat others when they don?t match our internalized standards, how we have designed our education system to reject human variation, how our society devalues people who take in ...

    Definitely hard to read nearly 400 pages of the internal dialogue of someone with extreme crippling anxiety if you?ve ever experienced any relative degree of anxiety and panic yourself, but this was powerful and gut wrenching and worth the long slow read. ...

    If I could give this book 10 stars I would. Amanda Stern pours her heart out and through her beautiful writing makes her lifetime of anxiety fascinating, inspiring, and even humorous. She recounts her experiences as a child growing up in New York City's West Village, from disturbing ps...

    I absolutely loved this book. If you, or someone you love, lives with anxiety - this is a MUST READ. It's incredibly enjoyable and reads like a novel, but it's the best description I have ever read of what it's like to live in my mind and my body. I felt like Amanda articulated feeling...

    This book is a fast read, engaging from the start. In "Little Panic" Amanda Stern clearly shows how one's internal experiences are labeled wrong, by others, by oneself, by psychology tests. In one of her adult relationships, with a man named Javier, he refers to her moods as 'n...

    I just started this a few days ago, but once I picked it up I couldn?t put it down. I stayed up until 130 in the morning and then set my alarm early so I could read the last few chapters. I had so many emotions while reading this book and it opened so many questions for me. About who...

    ?The edges of the room smudge with black fog, and a slow suction pulls me away... Soon my classmates will be far ahead of me. I?ll watch them move without me to the grade above...and they?ll go to college and get married and have babies and families and jobs and houses, and I?l...

    At 25, Amanda Stern was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. This, after going through stress hell growing up, being wrongly diagnosed with a learning disorder, worrying that her mother would die if she didn?t keep an eye on her, and worrying that the world would fall apart at any sec...

    So much of this memoir spoke to me, intimately, in the deepest parts of my emotions and memories, and I gotta admit, I was alternately relieved and freaked out. While I didn't have experiences that were exactly like Stern's, throughout my childhood, my anxiety went undiagnosed. It may ...

    When I first started this memoir, I was concerned I wouldn't be able to handle it because my own anxiety was triggered. However that resolved quickly and I became fully immersed in Amanda's experiences. My own anxiety during childhood was not quite as severe and more generalized, and I...

  • Paul
    Jun 25, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda?s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerab...

    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly e...

    A STUNNING, evocative story about the meaning of living with an undiagnosed panic disorder, LITTLE PANIC grips and discomfits in the best way. Stern's honesty is compelling, her humor always spot on. She is a consummate New Yorker from the last moments when New York was still gritty an...

    I?m an anxious person, and though I?ve never had a full blown panic attack, much of what Stern recounts from her childhood sounds familiar. The anxious, dreadful thoughts that run through little Amanda?s mind made my heart break. Amazing that this girl, who lived in a nice hous...

    An insightful and incredibly vulnerable look into Amanda's life. Very appreciative that authors like Amanda are willing to share their stories to help those who suffer similarly from anxiety. ...

    This is a must read for anyone who suffers with anxiety! It is brave, brilliant, and honest. I could relate in so many ways that my dog got tired of me screaming "Me too!". This book should have been written by the the psychiatric community years ago, thankfully Amanda Stern has finall...

    Wow. I have some mild anxiety, and I know and love people who have more severe anxiety and panic attacks, so I guess I thought I had some idea about the struggle of severe anxiety/panic sufferers, but this was a complete eye-opener. Also as a children's librarian (and just as a person ...

    BOOK OF THE YEAR!! ...

    Little Panic is a memoir of panic and anxiety. I have generalized anxiety disorder and this book was like a therapy session. It?s always nice to know you?re not alone in the world of anxiety. ...

    I'm not going to rate this book, because if I don't give it 5 stars, I'm afraid the author may have a panic attack if she reads this. It's a difficult book to read because she's been through such hell. ...

  • whatsjennareading
    Oct 24, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda?s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerab...

    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly e...

    A STUNNING, evocative story about the meaning of living with an undiagnosed panic disorder, LITTLE PANIC grips and discomfits in the best way. Stern's honesty is compelling, her humor always spot on. She is a consummate New Yorker from the last moments when New York was still gritty an...

    I?m an anxious person, and though I?ve never had a full blown panic attack, much of what Stern recounts from her childhood sounds familiar. The anxious, dreadful thoughts that run through little Amanda?s mind made my heart break. Amazing that this girl, who lived in a nice hous...

    An insightful and incredibly vulnerable look into Amanda's life. Very appreciative that authors like Amanda are willing to share their stories to help those who suffer similarly from anxiety. ...

    This is a must read for anyone who suffers with anxiety! It is brave, brilliant, and honest. I could relate in so many ways that my dog got tired of me screaming "Me too!". This book should have been written by the the psychiatric community years ago, thankfully Amanda Stern has finall...

    Wow. I have some mild anxiety, and I know and love people who have more severe anxiety and panic attacks, so I guess I thought I had some idea about the struggle of severe anxiety/panic sufferers, but this was a complete eye-opener. Also as a children's librarian (and just as a person ...

    BOOK OF THE YEAR!! ...

    Little Panic is a memoir of panic and anxiety. I have generalized anxiety disorder and this book was like a therapy session. It?s always nice to know you?re not alone in the world of anxiety. ...

    I'm not going to rate this book, because if I don't give it 5 stars, I'm afraid the author may have a panic attack if she reads this. It's a difficult book to read because she's been through such hell. ...

    Memoirs of anxiety are exhausting to read. ...

    As soon as I began this book, I started looking over my shoulder. Never before have I read a description of some of the fears that have haunted me since childhood. Like Amanda, I was afraid to sleep away from my parents; like Amanda, I was ostracized and internalized it into proof of m...

    I wanted to read this book because I have several friends who struggle with anxiety, and I hoped this book would provide some insight into anxiety. And wow, did it ever! It was heartbreaking and frustrating to read about Amanda's childhood, as her experiences and struggles were minimiz...

    I have an expectation that people who write memoirs will start with the problem, will have the problem resolved by the middle, and will spend the end explaining their moving on. This is not that story. The majority of the book is uncomfortable, with unresolved, unidentified swirls of a...

    #FirstLine ~ Time sticks numbers on the world and marks spaces I can't see. Honest, brilliant and eye-opening. Little Panic is one of those memoirs that leaves the readers feeling connected to the writer. One of those reads that captures what is really means to be human, what it fe...

    This book was everything I desperately needed to read. I grew up not understanding I was highly-sensitive and anxious and felt crazy and different and alone much of the time, never being able to convey what was going on in my brain. Page after page of this book, my jaw kept dropping, b...

    Stern does a fabulous job of putting the reader inside the head of someone who struggles with anxiety. I felt her confusion and pain and so wished I could tell those around her to pay more attention. How do you get to 25 without someone realizing that you have a condition that can be h...

    Amanda Stern?s beautifully vulnerable memoir is not simply about panic disorder. It?s also about how we treat others when they don?t match our internalized standards, how we have designed our education system to reject human variation, how our society devalues people who take in ...

    Definitely hard to read nearly 400 pages of the internal dialogue of someone with extreme crippling anxiety if you?ve ever experienced any relative degree of anxiety and panic yourself, but this was powerful and gut wrenching and worth the long slow read. ...

    If I could give this book 10 stars I would. Amanda Stern pours her heart out and through her beautiful writing makes her lifetime of anxiety fascinating, inspiring, and even humorous. She recounts her experiences as a child growing up in New York City's West Village, from disturbing ps...

    I absolutely loved this book. If you, or someone you love, lives with anxiety - this is a MUST READ. It's incredibly enjoyable and reads like a novel, but it's the best description I have ever read of what it's like to live in my mind and my body. I felt like Amanda articulated feeling...

    This book is a fast read, engaging from the start. In "Little Panic" Amanda Stern clearly shows how one's internal experiences are labeled wrong, by others, by oneself, by psychology tests. In one of her adult relationships, with a man named Javier, he refers to her moods as 'n...

    I just started this a few days ago, but once I picked it up I couldn?t put it down. I stayed up until 130 in the morning and then set my alarm early so I could read the last few chapters. I had so many emotions while reading this book and it opened so many questions for me. About who...

  • Jen
    Aug 31, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda?s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerab...

    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly e...

    A STUNNING, evocative story about the meaning of living with an undiagnosed panic disorder, LITTLE PANIC grips and discomfits in the best way. Stern's honesty is compelling, her humor always spot on. She is a consummate New Yorker from the last moments when New York was still gritty an...

    I?m an anxious person, and though I?ve never had a full blown panic attack, much of what Stern recounts from her childhood sounds familiar. The anxious, dreadful thoughts that run through little Amanda?s mind made my heart break. Amazing that this girl, who lived in a nice hous...

    An insightful and incredibly vulnerable look into Amanda's life. Very appreciative that authors like Amanda are willing to share their stories to help those who suffer similarly from anxiety. ...

  • Hanna
    May 14, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

  • Morninglight Mama
    Oct 16, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda?s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerab...

    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly e...

    A STUNNING, evocative story about the meaning of living with an undiagnosed panic disorder, LITTLE PANIC grips and discomfits in the best way. Stern's honesty is compelling, her humor always spot on. She is a consummate New Yorker from the last moments when New York was still gritty an...

    I?m an anxious person, and though I?ve never had a full blown panic attack, much of what Stern recounts from her childhood sounds familiar. The anxious, dreadful thoughts that run through little Amanda?s mind made my heart break. Amazing that this girl, who lived in a nice hous...

    An insightful and incredibly vulnerable look into Amanda's life. Very appreciative that authors like Amanda are willing to share their stories to help those who suffer similarly from anxiety. ...

    This is a must read for anyone who suffers with anxiety! It is brave, brilliant, and honest. I could relate in so many ways that my dog got tired of me screaming "Me too!". This book should have been written by the the psychiatric community years ago, thankfully Amanda Stern has finall...

    Wow. I have some mild anxiety, and I know and love people who have more severe anxiety and panic attacks, so I guess I thought I had some idea about the struggle of severe anxiety/panic sufferers, but this was a complete eye-opener. Also as a children's librarian (and just as a person ...

    BOOK OF THE YEAR!! ...

    Little Panic is a memoir of panic and anxiety. I have generalized anxiety disorder and this book was like a therapy session. It?s always nice to know you?re not alone in the world of anxiety. ...

    I'm not going to rate this book, because if I don't give it 5 stars, I'm afraid the author may have a panic attack if she reads this. It's a difficult book to read because she's been through such hell. ...

    Memoirs of anxiety are exhausting to read. ...

    As soon as I began this book, I started looking over my shoulder. Never before have I read a description of some of the fears that have haunted me since childhood. Like Amanda, I was afraid to sleep away from my parents; like Amanda, I was ostracized and internalized it into proof of m...

    I wanted to read this book because I have several friends who struggle with anxiety, and I hoped this book would provide some insight into anxiety. And wow, did it ever! It was heartbreaking and frustrating to read about Amanda's childhood, as her experiences and struggles were minimiz...

    I have an expectation that people who write memoirs will start with the problem, will have the problem resolved by the middle, and will spend the end explaining their moving on. This is not that story. The majority of the book is uncomfortable, with unresolved, unidentified swirls of a...

    #FirstLine ~ Time sticks numbers on the world and marks spaces I can't see. Honest, brilliant and eye-opening. Little Panic is one of those memoirs that leaves the readers feeling connected to the writer. One of those reads that captures what is really means to be human, what it fe...

    This book was everything I desperately needed to read. I grew up not understanding I was highly-sensitive and anxious and felt crazy and different and alone much of the time, never being able to convey what was going on in my brain. Page after page of this book, my jaw kept dropping, b...

    Stern does a fabulous job of putting the reader inside the head of someone who struggles with anxiety. I felt her confusion and pain and so wished I could tell those around her to pay more attention. How do you get to 25 without someone realizing that you have a condition that can be h...

    Amanda Stern?s beautifully vulnerable memoir is not simply about panic disorder. It?s also about how we treat others when they don?t match our internalized standards, how we have designed our education system to reject human variation, how our society devalues people who take in ...

    Definitely hard to read nearly 400 pages of the internal dialogue of someone with extreme crippling anxiety if you?ve ever experienced any relative degree of anxiety and panic yourself, but this was powerful and gut wrenching and worth the long slow read. ...

    If I could give this book 10 stars I would. Amanda Stern pours her heart out and through her beautiful writing makes her lifetime of anxiety fascinating, inspiring, and even humorous. She recounts her experiences as a child growing up in New York City's West Village, from disturbing ps...

    I absolutely loved this book. If you, or someone you love, lives with anxiety - this is a MUST READ. It's incredibly enjoyable and reads like a novel, but it's the best description I have ever read of what it's like to live in my mind and my body. I felt like Amanda articulated feeling...

    This book is a fast read, engaging from the start. In "Little Panic" Amanda Stern clearly shows how one's internal experiences are labeled wrong, by others, by oneself, by psychology tests. In one of her adult relationships, with a man named Javier, he refers to her moods as 'n...

    I just started this a few days ago, but once I picked it up I couldn?t put it down. I stayed up until 130 in the morning and then set my alarm early so I could read the last few chapters. I had so many emotions while reading this book and it opened so many questions for me. About who...

    ?The edges of the room smudge with black fog, and a slow suction pulls me away... Soon my classmates will be far ahead of me. I?ll watch them move without me to the grade above...and they?ll go to college and get married and have babies and families and jobs and houses, and I?l...

    At 25, Amanda Stern was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. This, after going through stress hell growing up, being wrongly diagnosed with a learning disorder, worrying that her mother would die if she didn?t keep an eye on her, and worrying that the world would fall apart at any sec...

    So much of this memoir spoke to me, intimately, in the deepest parts of my emotions and memories, and I gotta admit, I was alternately relieved and freaked out. While I didn't have experiences that were exactly like Stern's, throughout my childhood, my anxiety went undiagnosed. It may ...

  • Andrea Jenkins
    Jul 15, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda?s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerab...

  • Emily Housworth
    May 03, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

  • Jenn
    Sep 02, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda?s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerab...

    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly e...

    A STUNNING, evocative story about the meaning of living with an undiagnosed panic disorder, LITTLE PANIC grips and discomfits in the best way. Stern's honesty is compelling, her humor always spot on. She is a consummate New Yorker from the last moments when New York was still gritty an...

    I?m an anxious person, and though I?ve never had a full blown panic attack, much of what Stern recounts from her childhood sounds familiar. The anxious, dreadful thoughts that run through little Amanda?s mind made my heart break. Amazing that this girl, who lived in a nice hous...

    An insightful and incredibly vulnerable look into Amanda's life. Very appreciative that authors like Amanda are willing to share their stories to help those who suffer similarly from anxiety. ...

    This is a must read for anyone who suffers with anxiety! It is brave, brilliant, and honest. I could relate in so many ways that my dog got tired of me screaming "Me too!". This book should have been written by the the psychiatric community years ago, thankfully Amanda Stern has finall...

    Wow. I have some mild anxiety, and I know and love people who have more severe anxiety and panic attacks, so I guess I thought I had some idea about the struggle of severe anxiety/panic sufferers, but this was a complete eye-opener. Also as a children's librarian (and just as a person ...

    BOOK OF THE YEAR!! ...

    Little Panic is a memoir of panic and anxiety. I have generalized anxiety disorder and this book was like a therapy session. It?s always nice to know you?re not alone in the world of anxiety. ...

    I'm not going to rate this book, because if I don't give it 5 stars, I'm afraid the author may have a panic attack if she reads this. It's a difficult book to read because she's been through such hell. ...

    Memoirs of anxiety are exhausting to read. ...

    As soon as I began this book, I started looking over my shoulder. Never before have I read a description of some of the fears that have haunted me since childhood. Like Amanda, I was afraid to sleep away from my parents; like Amanda, I was ostracized and internalized it into proof of m...

    I wanted to read this book because I have several friends who struggle with anxiety, and I hoped this book would provide some insight into anxiety. And wow, did it ever! It was heartbreaking and frustrating to read about Amanda's childhood, as her experiences and struggles were minimiz...

    I have an expectation that people who write memoirs will start with the problem, will have the problem resolved by the middle, and will spend the end explaining their moving on. This is not that story. The majority of the book is uncomfortable, with unresolved, unidentified swirls of a...

    #FirstLine ~ Time sticks numbers on the world and marks spaces I can't see. Honest, brilliant and eye-opening. Little Panic is one of those memoirs that leaves the readers feeling connected to the writer. One of those reads that captures what is really means to be human, what it fe...

    This book was everything I desperately needed to read. I grew up not understanding I was highly-sensitive and anxious and felt crazy and different and alone much of the time, never being able to convey what was going on in my brain. Page after page of this book, my jaw kept dropping, b...

    Stern does a fabulous job of putting the reader inside the head of someone who struggles with anxiety. I felt her confusion and pain and so wished I could tell those around her to pay more attention. How do you get to 25 without someone realizing that you have a condition that can be h...

    Amanda Stern?s beautifully vulnerable memoir is not simply about panic disorder. It?s also about how we treat others when they don?t match our internalized standards, how we have designed our education system to reject human variation, how our society devalues people who take in ...

    Definitely hard to read nearly 400 pages of the internal dialogue of someone with extreme crippling anxiety if you?ve ever experienced any relative degree of anxiety and panic yourself, but this was powerful and gut wrenching and worth the long slow read. ...

  • Emily Jordan
    Mar 27, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda?s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerab...

    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly e...

    A STUNNING, evocative story about the meaning of living with an undiagnosed panic disorder, LITTLE PANIC grips and discomfits in the best way. Stern's honesty is compelling, her humor always spot on. She is a consummate New Yorker from the last moments when New York was still gritty an...

  • kglibrarian
    Sep 18, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda?s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerab...

    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly e...

    A STUNNING, evocative story about the meaning of living with an undiagnosed panic disorder, LITTLE PANIC grips and discomfits in the best way. Stern's honesty is compelling, her humor always spot on. She is a consummate New Yorker from the last moments when New York was still gritty an...

    I?m an anxious person, and though I?ve never had a full blown panic attack, much of what Stern recounts from her childhood sounds familiar. The anxious, dreadful thoughts that run through little Amanda?s mind made my heart break. Amazing that this girl, who lived in a nice hous...

    An insightful and incredibly vulnerable look into Amanda's life. Very appreciative that authors like Amanda are willing to share their stories to help those who suffer similarly from anxiety. ...

    This is a must read for anyone who suffers with anxiety! It is brave, brilliant, and honest. I could relate in so many ways that my dog got tired of me screaming "Me too!". This book should have been written by the the psychiatric community years ago, thankfully Amanda Stern has finall...

    Wow. I have some mild anxiety, and I know and love people who have more severe anxiety and panic attacks, so I guess I thought I had some idea about the struggle of severe anxiety/panic sufferers, but this was a complete eye-opener. Also as a children's librarian (and just as a person ...

    BOOK OF THE YEAR!! ...

    Little Panic is a memoir of panic and anxiety. I have generalized anxiety disorder and this book was like a therapy session. It?s always nice to know you?re not alone in the world of anxiety. ...

    I'm not going to rate this book, because if I don't give it 5 stars, I'm afraid the author may have a panic attack if she reads this. It's a difficult book to read because she's been through such hell. ...

    Memoirs of anxiety are exhausting to read. ...

    As soon as I began this book, I started looking over my shoulder. Never before have I read a description of some of the fears that have haunted me since childhood. Like Amanda, I was afraid to sleep away from my parents; like Amanda, I was ostracized and internalized it into proof of m...

    I wanted to read this book because I have several friends who struggle with anxiety, and I hoped this book would provide some insight into anxiety. And wow, did it ever! It was heartbreaking and frustrating to read about Amanda's childhood, as her experiences and struggles were minimiz...

    I have an expectation that people who write memoirs will start with the problem, will have the problem resolved by the middle, and will spend the end explaining their moving on. This is not that story. The majority of the book is uncomfortable, with unresolved, unidentified swirls of a...

    #FirstLine ~ Time sticks numbers on the world and marks spaces I can't see. Honest, brilliant and eye-opening. Little Panic is one of those memoirs that leaves the readers feeling connected to the writer. One of those reads that captures what is really means to be human, what it fe...

    This book was everything I desperately needed to read. I grew up not understanding I was highly-sensitive and anxious and felt crazy and different and alone much of the time, never being able to convey what was going on in my brain. Page after page of this book, my jaw kept dropping, b...

    Stern does a fabulous job of putting the reader inside the head of someone who struggles with anxiety. I felt her confusion and pain and so wished I could tell those around her to pay more attention. How do you get to 25 without someone realizing that you have a condition that can be h...

    Amanda Stern?s beautifully vulnerable memoir is not simply about panic disorder. It?s also about how we treat others when they don?t match our internalized standards, how we have designed our education system to reject human variation, how our society devalues people who take in ...

    Definitely hard to read nearly 400 pages of the internal dialogue of someone with extreme crippling anxiety if you?ve ever experienced any relative degree of anxiety and panic yourself, but this was powerful and gut wrenching and worth the long slow read. ...

    If I could give this book 10 stars I would. Amanda Stern pours her heart out and through her beautiful writing makes her lifetime of anxiety fascinating, inspiring, and even humorous. She recounts her experiences as a child growing up in New York City's West Village, from disturbing ps...

  • AnnMarie
    May 20, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda?s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerab...

    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly e...

    A STUNNING, evocative story about the meaning of living with an undiagnosed panic disorder, LITTLE PANIC grips and discomfits in the best way. Stern's honesty is compelling, her humor always spot on. She is a consummate New Yorker from the last moments when New York was still gritty an...

    I?m an anxious person, and though I?ve never had a full blown panic attack, much of what Stern recounts from her childhood sounds familiar. The anxious, dreadful thoughts that run through little Amanda?s mind made my heart break. Amazing that this girl, who lived in a nice hous...

    An insightful and incredibly vulnerable look into Amanda's life. Very appreciative that authors like Amanda are willing to share their stories to help those who suffer similarly from anxiety. ...

    This is a must read for anyone who suffers with anxiety! It is brave, brilliant, and honest. I could relate in so many ways that my dog got tired of me screaming "Me too!". This book should have been written by the the psychiatric community years ago, thankfully Amanda Stern has finall...

    Wow. I have some mild anxiety, and I know and love people who have more severe anxiety and panic attacks, so I guess I thought I had some idea about the struggle of severe anxiety/panic sufferers, but this was a complete eye-opener. Also as a children's librarian (and just as a person ...

    BOOK OF THE YEAR!! ...

    Little Panic is a memoir of panic and anxiety. I have generalized anxiety disorder and this book was like a therapy session. It?s always nice to know you?re not alone in the world of anxiety. ...

  • Nick Stern
    Jun 28, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda?s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerab...

    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly e...

    A STUNNING, evocative story about the meaning of living with an undiagnosed panic disorder, LITTLE PANIC grips and discomfits in the best way. Stern's honesty is compelling, her humor always spot on. She is a consummate New Yorker from the last moments when New York was still gritty an...

    I?m an anxious person, and though I?ve never had a full blown panic attack, much of what Stern recounts from her childhood sounds familiar. The anxious, dreadful thoughts that run through little Amanda?s mind made my heart break. Amazing that this girl, who lived in a nice hous...

    An insightful and incredibly vulnerable look into Amanda's life. Very appreciative that authors like Amanda are willing to share their stories to help those who suffer similarly from anxiety. ...

    This is a must read for anyone who suffers with anxiety! It is brave, brilliant, and honest. I could relate in so many ways that my dog got tired of me screaming "Me too!". This book should have been written by the the psychiatric community years ago, thankfully Amanda Stern has finall...

    Wow. I have some mild anxiety, and I know and love people who have more severe anxiety and panic attacks, so I guess I thought I had some idea about the struggle of severe anxiety/panic sufferers, but this was a complete eye-opener. Also as a children's librarian (and just as a person ...

    BOOK OF THE YEAR!! ...

  • Bookreporter.com Biography & Memoir
    Oct 29, 2018

    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxi...

    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life ...

    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, ?Are you going to die tonight?? And she?d say, ?Nope, I?m not going to die tonight.? Only after ...

    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda?s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerab...

    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly e...

    A STUNNING, evocative story about the meaning of living with an undiagnosed panic disorder, LITTLE PANIC grips and discomfits in the best way. Stern's honesty is compelling, her humor always spot on. She is a consummate New Yorker from the last moments when New York was still gritty an...

    I?m an anxious person, and though I?ve never had a full blown panic attack, much of what Stern recounts from her childhood sounds familiar. The anxious, dreadful thoughts that run through little Amanda?s mind made my heart break. Amazing that this girl, who lived in a nice hous...

    An insightful and incredibly vulnerable look into Amanda's life. Very appreciative that authors like Amanda are willing to share their stories to help those who suffer similarly from anxiety. ...

    This is a must read for anyone who suffers with anxiety! It is brave, brilliant, and honest. I could relate in so many ways that my dog got tired of me screaming "Me too!". This book should have been written by the the psychiatric community years ago, thankfully Amanda Stern has finall...

    Wow. I have some mild anxiety, and I know and love people who have more severe anxiety and panic attacks, so I guess I thought I had some idea about the struggle of severe anxiety/panic sufferers, but this was a complete eye-opener. Also as a children's librarian (and just as a person ...

    BOOK OF THE YEAR!! ...

    Little Panic is a memoir of panic and anxiety. I have generalized anxiety disorder and this book was like a therapy session. It?s always nice to know you?re not alone in the world of anxiety. ...

    I'm not going to rate this book, because if I don't give it 5 stars, I'm afraid the author may have a panic attack if she reads this. It's a difficult book to read because she's been through such hell. ...

    Memoirs of anxiety are exhausting to read. ...

    As soon as I began this book, I started looking over my shoulder. Never before have I read a description of some of the fears that have haunted me since childhood. Like Amanda, I was afraid to sleep away from my parents; like Amanda, I was ostracized and internalized it into proof of m...

    I wanted to read this book because I have several friends who struggle with anxiety, and I hoped this book would provide some insight into anxiety. And wow, did it ever! It was heartbreaking and frustrating to read about Amanda's childhood, as her experiences and struggles were minimiz...

    I have an expectation that people who write memoirs will start with the problem, will have the problem resolved by the middle, and will spend the end explaining their moving on. This is not that story. The majority of the book is uncomfortable, with unresolved, unidentified swirls of a...

    #FirstLine ~ Time sticks numbers on the world and marks spaces I can't see. Honest, brilliant and eye-opening. Little Panic is one of those memoirs that leaves the readers feeling connected to the writer. One of those reads that captures what is really means to be human, what it fe...

    This book was everything I desperately needed to read. I grew up not understanding I was highly-sensitive and anxious and felt crazy and different and alone much of the time, never being able to convey what was going on in my brain. Page after page of this book, my jaw kept dropping, b...

    Stern does a fabulous job of putting the reader inside the head of someone who struggles with anxiety. I felt her confusion and pain and so wished I could tell those around her to pay more attention. How do you get to 25 without someone realizing that you have a condition that can be h...

    Amanda Stern?s beautifully vulnerable memoir is not simply about panic disorder. It?s also about how we treat others when they don?t match our internalized standards, how we have designed our education system to reject human variation, how our society devalues people who take in ...

    Definitely hard to read nearly 400 pages of the internal dialogue of someone with extreme crippling anxiety if you?ve ever experienced any relative degree of anxiety and panic yourself, but this was powerful and gut wrenching and worth the long slow read. ...

    If I could give this book 10 stars I would. Amanda Stern pours her heart out and through her beautiful writing makes her lifetime of anxiety fascinating, inspiring, and even humorous. She recounts her experiences as a child growing up in New York City's West Village, from disturbing ps...

    I absolutely loved this book. If you, or someone you love, lives with anxiety - this is a MUST READ. It's incredibly enjoyable and reads like a novel, but it's the best description I have ever read of what it's like to live in my mind and my body. I felt like Amanda articulated feeling...

    This book is a fast read, engaging from the start. In "Little Panic" Amanda Stern clearly shows how one's internal experiences are labeled wrong, by others, by oneself, by psychology tests. In one of her adult relationships, with a man named Javier, he refers to her moods as 'n...

    I just started this a few days ago, but once I picked it up I couldn?t put it down. I stayed up until 130 in the morning and then set my alarm early so I could read the last few chapters. I had so many emotions while reading this book and it opened so many questions for me. About who...

    ?The edges of the room smudge with black fog, and a slow suction pulls me away... Soon my classmates will be far ahead of me. I?ll watch them move without me to the grade above...and they?ll go to college and get married and have babies and families and jobs and houses, and I?l...