Book Bash Author Spotlight – Kathryn Perez shares a poem from her book “Therapy”.

by Maryse on June 18, 2014 · 13 comments

in Behind The Books

Today’s featured “Book Bash author” is Kathryn Perez. She’s written an angst-ridden, and from what I’ve been told, awesomely written story called THERAPY. From this blurb, I don’t doubt that it will make me feel. Big time!

Depression, self-harm, bullying….that’s my reality.

Sex and guys….that’s my escape.

The space between the truth and lies is blurred leaving me torn, lost and confused. And while the monsters that live in my head try to beat me– the two men that I love try to save me.

Oh yessss that sounds heart wrenching! In fact, my BFF Sherry absolutely LOVED it (even thought it made her a little crazy) :P and highly recommended it to me.

Sherry: What ya doing?? :)

Maryse: Writing a review. Whatchu doin’? ;)

Sherry: reading a book called “Therapy”, and I’ve been sad every page… so I need to have wine.

Maryse: Tee hee!!!

and then….


Sherry: OMFG !!!! Seriously….why is this author doing this to me!!?? I’m going to need a good week alone after this!! This one BETTER TURN OUT GOOD…I am so NOT kidding….

Sherry: I can’t….I just can’t!!! You have to read this good forsaken book….I’m still not done, but….. I believe you will love this hell ride I just finished!!! YES! HELL.RIDE!!! read it…I need to know what you think….I know what you’ll think, but I want to hear it…. I need to sleep now….I’m going to be in a terrible book hangover for a little bit…Holy hell…..WHAT.A.RIDE !!!

Sherry: Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

WHOA! Er…. why haven’t I read this yet? *smacks myself on the hands!!!!* This book sounds AWESOME!!

And Kathryn has sent over a a tidbit from the book. She says:

“My character in THERAPY writes poetry as a form of her own therapy.”

Ready to read it?

Back to empty

Here’s my cup, fill it on up

Runneth it over

Pour me something stronger

Don’t want to feel this way any longer…

Drown the me I can’t let anyone see

Force it down

Swallow it all

Just pour me something stronger than me…

It was enough

Once I could see

Carried to me

On the waves

Of a blue-eyed sea

I exhaled

I saw

I felt

To me, forever memories

To the sea, already forgotten

Turning the key

Again, locking it all away

I step back up

To the bar of life

Society and reality joining me

Holding out my glass

I say…

Just pour me something stronger than me…

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather June 18, 2014 at 7:44 PM

This book stuck with me so much that I reached out to the author when I was done. I just had to tell her how affected I was by her words. Oh, and I completely agree with all Sherry’s comments…even the shouty all-caps ones! :-)

Sherry D :) June 18, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Oh great….it’s been awhile since I’ve read this book and now I’m back in my book hangover again……Great, just great ;)


Maryse June 18, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Sorry Sher!!!

And since Heather backs up your freak-out, I must read this ASAP!!! :P

Sherry D :) June 18, 2014 at 11:49 PM

Yes, please do!!

I’ll be here for ya ;)

Chris June 19, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Ok. While I find myself laughing at her reaction from reading Therapy, it’s something we all went through. It is still standing at one of my top all time reads. It’s dark, real, raw, emotional, beautiful, painful, torture! There aren’t enough amazing words for this book and I think she deserves to be a best seller with this one!!

Jade June 19, 2014 at 11:20 AM

This book is life changing! You will fall in love,.. You will ache… You will cry… But you will be INSPIRED to look at people differently. It’s the journey of Jessica and her trial and triumphs of REAL LIFE DEPRESSION.

It’s not your typical love story. It’s brutal at times but your heart will feel as though it’s about to combust because of Kathryn Perezs writing and poetry.

iOS everyone really gives this book a shot. It’s more than worth it! Xoxox

Kathryn June 19, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Thank you <3

Megan June 19, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Yeah. This book. It was truly amazing. So real, so raw and so powerful! I was all over the place emotionally, and I LOVE that in my books. I am a sucker for a lot of angst and great writing and this book has both!

Nancy Minot June 19, 2014 at 1:13 PM

This boom ripped my heart out and stomped on it….BUT I could not put it down. I have never been affected by a book like I was by Therapy. I had to message the author and ask her if she snuck inside the brain of my younger self. This book made me laugh and cry and left me forever changed when it was over. The book us brilliant and all consuming with no apologies. I will never forget Jessica or this book.

Michelle June 20, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Well. Hate to throw wrench into things, but I am about 40% into Therapy and I like it… but it is not a “gotta-read-until-my-eyeballs-hurt” 5 star read for me. The writing is just okay for me. The dialogue is just okay for me. Characters not developed enough. So side characters to speak of, at all. The bullying is almost over the top, and the “mean girls” angle is not pulling enough angst from me because I am not buying into it 100%. I am guessing the tragic storyline is what is getting people emotionally involved? Then the skip-ahead years was abrupt. I’m just not sure I can stick it out! It gets better?

Danielle June 20, 2014 at 12:03 PM

This book *Sigh* Therapy is one of the BEST books that I have ever read in my life and will stick with me forever! The raw, emotional truth that is revealed will rip your heart out of your chest, stomp on it, throw it in a blender and eventually put you back together again. The topics deal with everyday reality for so many individuals that are left unspoken because of society’s ignorance to reach out to those in need. I became a better person after reading Therapy and recommend it.continuously! The reaction to reading this book is so spot on. We would love for you to allow us to join you on your reading journey. There are a lot of Therapy survivors who will duck from the occasional punches, hold your hand along the way and offer our virtual hugs because we get it. Hurry!!! Don’t wait any longer! Go! Read! NOW!!!– <3

Jade June 20, 2014 at 12:06 PM

If you aren’t into it right this minute then all I can say is KEEP READING! There is so much more to this story than what you’re reading at the moment. Give it a chance. Meet some more characters. And then decide whether you liked it or not. The thing about this book is that it’s a real life look into someone who’s depressed. What they truly think. How they decide things. And I know this first hand because I’ve felt with depression my whole life. I truly hope your mind changes as to how you feel about the story… If not then thank you for giving it a shot. Xox

whitney June 20, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Definitely a must read. This book is tragically beautiful. It will rip your heart out but leave you on a high.

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