Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Review: Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin


Kelsey Finkelstein is fourteen and FRUSTRATED. Every time she tries to live up to her awesome potential, her plans are foiled – by her impossible parents, her annoying little sister, and life in general. But with her first day of high school coming up, Kelsey is positive that things are going to change. Enlisting the help of her three best friends — sweet and quiet Em, theatrical Cass, and wild JoJo — Kelsey gets ready to rebrand herself and make the kind of mark she knows is her destiny.

Things start out great - her arch-nemesis has moved across the country, giving Kelsey the perfect opportunity to stand out on the soccer team and finally catch the eye of her long-time crush. But soon enough, an evil junior’s thirst for revenge, a mysterious photographer, and a series of other catastrophes make it clear that just because KELSEY has a plan for greatness… it doesn’t mean the rest of the world is in on it.

Kelsey’s hilarious commentary throughout her disastrous freshman year will have you laughing out loud—while being thankful that you’re not in her shoes, of course…


Publication date: March 1st 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons

The Elliott Review:

This book is filled with authentic experiences and emotions that any young girl entering her freshman year might feel and shows a realistic yet optimistic side to things. Kelsey struggles with a lot of the issues that young girls might go through in that situation. Since entering high school, so many things have changed for her and so many new pressures exist to threaten her dream of becoming something special this year.

Through trial and error, Kelsey finds out what works for her in the realm of friends and boys and parents. She gets herself into some sticky situations but usually finds her way out of them in short order, learning something in the process.

This book is one that any teens or adolescents will be extremely interested to read! I know that it's going to be very popular when I place it on my classroom bookshelf! My eighth graders will devour this one!

Young Adult Notes:

Deals with issues of sex, drug and alcohol use and abuse. Some language, etc.

Source: Thanks to Anne for providing a copy of this title in exchange for a fair review.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Review: Summer of Hammers and Angels by Shannon Wiersbitzky


Most folks have never seen an angel.I know, because I've asked them.I asked Miss Martha at the post office."Maybe someday, Delia, God willing."God does a lot of willing in Tucker's Ferry, West Virginia. Delia's summer is getting off to a terrible start. First, an inspector shows up at the house and threatens to condemn it. Then lightning strikes, literally, and Mama ends up in the hospital. To make matters even worse, with no other family to speak of, Delia is forced to move in with her nemesis, Tommy "as-dense-as-a-stump" Parker. Not one to sit around doing nothing, Delia huddles with her best friend, Mae, and reluctantly recruits Tommy, to help. The three of them resolve to tackle the long list of repairs, one by one. But Delia quickly discovers that it takes more than energy and willingness to handle some problems. When things go from bad to worse, Delia has to take another tack, one that starts with admitting she just can't do what needs to be done without a lot more help. The Summer of Hammers and Angels is the story of an amazing summer in a girl's life, a summer of surprises and challenges, of shocks and recovery, of discoveries and friendship, and of loneliness and community.


Published July 1st 2011 by Namelos

The Elliott Review:

This story is the touching tale of a girl who doesn't crumble under adversity but instead learns to believe in miracles and work for what she wants and needs. When Delia's mother goes into a coma, leaving their soon-to-be condemned house in a precarious position, Delia takes matters into her own hands, working at it as best she can. When even her own efforts aren't enough, she turns to a higher power.

This book has that light-hearted feel and hope-filled message that will draw in readers of any age. It's perfect for middle grade readers, but it really is a tale for any one who believes in miracles. I love that it touches on faith and religion in a way that is natural and organic (aka - non-preachy). Reading this book was like a breath of fresh air!

Source: NetGalley

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Guest Post: One Author's Perspective on Faith and Fiction (Shannon Wiersbitzky

Faith. It can be a sensitive subject, particularly in today’s society. Bring up the topic of church or religion, and depending on where you are, people start to squirm.

As the idea for The Summer of Hammers and Angels was forming in my mind, I knew that faith was central to the story line. The main character, Delia, is in need of some serious help—her home is being condemned and her mama is in the hospital.

In that situation, some people might turn to prayer right away. But Mama isn’t a believer in prayer, preferring to rely on her own hard work, so Delia hasn’t grown up praying. With Mama gone, Delia is forced to stay with her neighbors, which includes Tommy “dense-as-as-stump” Parker, and they are church-going folk.

Questions tugged at the edge of my mind as the chapters formed. How many kids go to church today? Will they be able to relate to Delia? Will the biblical story references make sense to readers? Will they understand Delia’s confusion as she tries to reconcile the different views about church and prayer that exist for Mama and others in town? Will the fact that the story includes religion turn kids, or their parents, off?

In working with my editor, Stephen Roxburgh, I realized that writing about faith or church or prayer is really no different from writing about any other subject. Here are the thoughts that helped me, and may help other writers out there too.

Be honest about the plot, the setting, the characters.

The Summer of Hammers and Angels takes place in a small West Virginia town. If you’ve ever visited the state, you’d know that in many spots, it is hard to skip rope without hitting at least three different churches. Church and prayer are simply part of everyday life.

As an author, I wasn’t trying to convince kids they should attend church or provide a singular perspective on faith, I was simply trying to tell Delia’s story. I constantly checked myself that the view portrayed was that of this particular young girl, not me.

Respect the topic.

Growing up in a smattering of states across the Midwest and East Coast, church was always part of my life. I attended Lutheran and Presbyterian services with my parents, running around at many a potluck dinner, sampling the desserts brought by folks with names that ranged from T through Z.

In the summer, when I stayed with my grandparents in West Virginia, church had a whole different feel to it. On Sundays we were either at the Church of God or the Baptist Church, neither of which were real big on people sitting quietly. There was always singing, arms raised when the spirit moved, and shouts of Amen or Hallelujah or That’s right, when the pastor said something the congregation agreed with. As a kid I loved attending church where everyone got to be loud.

The church in my story is a mish-mash of them all. The point wasn’t to portray one right way of doing things, or conversely to mock a way of believing. The story is meant to convey the way things happen in the fictional town of Tucker’s Ferry, West Virginia, in this one particular church community.

Make it believable.

This last point certainly relates to the first. Now the title includes both angels and hammers, so it isn’t that little Delia sits around waiting for the hand of God to reach down and solve all her problems. Despite her utter lack of any sort of home-improvement skill, she gets to work on that house in desperate need of repair.

Realizing the task is too big for herself and her friends, Delia prays. Standing in front of the entire congregation, she asks for help and her prayers are answered...through the kindness and generosity of everyday angels sitting right near her. For Delia, that was authentic. In that town, in that church, when the need became apparent, folks responded. They cooked and hammered and sewed and acted like family.

Any story, regardless of topic, needs to be believable—good writing can make even the most far-fetched ideas work. When writing about faith, characters might experience a miracle in the sense that the heavens open or they may be strengthened by faith to make their own changes, or a million options in between. There isn’t one right answer. But whatever the answer, through the writing, readers must be absolutely convinced that it is the only outcome that could have occurred in that moment.

In writing The Summer of Hammer and Angels, one idea I kept coming back to is that for me and many others, church or a church family can be a place of strength, comfort, and hope. And that is exactly what Delia was searching for. I’m glad she found it. 
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Review: The Rebel Wife by Taylor M. Polites


Brimming with atmosphere and edgy suspense, The Rebel Wife presents a young widow trying to survive in the violent world of Reconstruction Alabama, where the old gentility masks a continuing war fueled by hatred, treachery, and still-powerful secrets. 

Augusta Branson was born into antebellum Southern nobility during a time of wealth and prosperity, but now all that is gone, and she is left standing in the ashes of a broken civilization. When her scalawag husband dies suddenly of a mysterious blood plague, she must fend for herself and her young son. Slowly she begins to wake to the reality of her new life: her social standing is stained by her marriage; she is alone and unprotected in a community that is being destroyed by racial prejudice and violence; the fortune she thought she would inherit does not exist; and the deadly blood fever is spreading fast. Nothing is as she believed, everyone she knows is hiding something, and Augusta needs someone to trust. Somehow she must find the truth amid her own illusions about the past and the courage to cross the boundaries of hate, so strong, dangerous, and very close to home. Using the Southern Gothic tradition to explode literary archetypes like the chivalrous Southern gentleman, the good mammy, and the defenseless Southern belle, The Rebel Wife shatters the myths that still cling to the antebellum South and creates an unforgettable heroine for our time.

Publication date: February 7th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group

The Elliott Review:

Lately it seems like I've been reading mainly young adult, so switching to an adult level historical novel was a definite change of pace that was extremely refreshing. This book reads like a work of art, a very sensory experience filled with deep yet understated emotion. The historical details and authentic supporting characters make this a work to remember.

Gus, the female protagonist, is extremely well-developed, and her confused emotions ring true in the midst of her unraveling situation. Those she is supposed to be able to trust to help her seem to be the least trustworthy. The climate is forbidding and dangerous for a widow of a man who is the political opposite of the rebels still working toward racial inequality in the post-war South.

I really enjoyed the way Gus interacts with Simon, her husband's trusted black servant. Even though nothing happens exactly, there is still that tension, that unstated sense of something that just blew my mind with how well it was written. This is a society where such a thing would be completely unheard of, yet it is a natural, organic thing.

The ending of the book felt momentous to me, one of those bittersweet endings that have enough closure and enough left up to the reader's own interpretation of what will happen.

Like I said before, this was a nice departure into something with some weighty literary merit.

Source: Thanks to Nicole of Tribute Books for providing a copy of this title for a fair review.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Guest Post: Research and Writing (Taylor M. Polites)

It certainly feels like I have been researching for this book my whole life! And in some ways, from a young age, I was absorbing the stories and places of North Alabama that retained that romance of a lost civilization. I cut my literary teeth on that, I guess. But then, as I grew older, I began reading more and pursuing a more formalized study in college. My thesis, not a work of profound scholarship, but still good grounding, investigated the settlement of Huntsville, Alabama and the economic and political culture that led it to remain pro-Union until secession was an accomplished fact in 1861. From there, as I began to realize the focus for my book, I read broadly both the fiction of the period and historical monographs.

But direct contact with the period, about 1875 and before, was also crucial to being able to create the world at the level of detail I wanted. The Alabama State Department of Archives and History offers 19th century newspapers on microfilm for sale. I have my own collection. Diaries, letters and memoirs from women who lived in the period were crucial to finding Augusta’s voice. I also began acquiring ladies magazines, Godey’s Lady’s Books, Harper’s Bazars and Peterson’s Ladies National Magazines. These were the Martha Stewart Living and Vogue Magazines of the period, combined. They were very popular. A smuggler during the war was able to bring some copies of Godey’s through the blockade and set up a salon in Richmond where ladies lined up to pay a quarter so that they might see the latest fashions from New York and Paris.

Godey’s tried to remain neutral during the war, knowing their constituency existed both North and South. In their pages, a woman could find exhaustive engraved plates of the latest fashions, fancy patterns for pillowcases or trimming, recipes, tips on housekeeping and personal hygiene, hand-work like antimacassars (to prevent hair oil from ruining your sofa), tobacco pouches and lampshades, as well as poetry, stories and morally uplifting essays and admonishments. Some of these are still wonderful today: “A Golden Maxim. –It is the duty of every man, who would be true to himself, to cultivate, if possible, a disposition to be pleased.” How true! And how close to us as 21st century humans. If there is anything that continued to surprise me throughout my research, it is how, in spite of all the technological, social, and other advances we believe we have made, we remain fundamentally the same as people.

My guilty pleasure, always, is house-museums, particularly Southern plantation and town homes. Inevitably, the focus is on the splendor of the lives of the South’s grandees before the Civil War. But more and more, these historic sites are focusing on the lives that were led, and how they were led, beyond the Big House. It is heartening to see more of the story told, and told more honestly.
Thank you for letting me talk about my interests on your blog!

About The Rebel Wife:
Set in Reconstruction Alabama, Augusta “Gus” Branson's is a young widow whose quest for freedom turns into a race for her life when her husband Eli dies of a swift and horrifying fever and a large package of money – her only inheritance and means of survival – goes missing. Gus begins to wake to the realities that surround her: the social stigma her marriage has stained her with, what her husband did to earn his fortune, the shifting and very dangerous political and social landscape that is being destroyed by violence between the Klan and the Freeman's Bureau, and the deadly fever that is spreading like wildfire. Nothing is as she believed, everyone she trusts is hiding something from her.

About Taylor M. Polites:
Taylor M. Polites is a novelist living in Providence, Rhode Island with his small Chihuahua, Clovis. Polites’ first novel, The Rebel Wife, is due out in February 2012 from Simon & Schuster. He graduated in June 2010 with his MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. He has lived in Provincetown, Massachusetts, New York City, St. Louis and the Deep South. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in History and French and spent a year studying in Caen, France. He has covered arts and news for a variety of local newspapers and magazines, including the Cape Codder, InNewsWeekly, Bird’s Eye View (the in-flight magazine of CapeAir), artscope Magazine and Provincetown Arts Magazine.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Winner: February ARC Giveaway!!

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Review: Pandemonium (Delirium 2) by Lauren Oliver


The old Lena remains with Alex in Portland, Maine, behind a wall of smoke and flame, but the new Lena was  born in the Wilds, transformed by hardship, deprivation, and loss.

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena fights for aworld in which love will no longer be considered a dangerous disease. Her inner life is as turbulent as the world around her... Although consumed with grief for Alex, might she be falling in love with someone else?


Publication date: February 28th 2012 by HarperTeen

The Elliott Review:

I enjoyed reading Delirium. It took me a while to get into it, but I liked it. Now, Pandemonium, on the other hand, grabbed me from the start. The prose is just as beautiful as before, and the dual timeline throughout the book keeps the suspense moving. The time frame switches between THEN, which is what happened right after that night Lena escaped and Alex didn't, and NOW, which is later when Lena is working for the resistance. I loved this switch. It seemed to work very well, the scenes thoughtfully paired.

As before, Lena's voice is so well-developed, her thoughts poignant and meaningful. She must work through her grief over Alex and still try to find meaning in her current life. She doesn't know much about her mission for the resistance the night of a rally gone awry, but she finds herself thrown together with Julian Fineman, the son of a major figurehead of an organization that goes against everything the resistance stands for. 

Julian plans to be cured even though it may cost him his life. Yet. Somehow, it turns out that Lena and Julian have more in common than either would have expected. The way their relationship develops during the hardships they face together is ... totally wow! (Very eloquent, I know.) I love his back story and they way he copes with things in the present.

This book just completely astounded me. Toward the end I was not sure what to expect given what happened at the end of Delirium. I wasn't sure if I'd want to throw the book across the room in despair or scream or dance around or what... As it turns out, the ending was amazing, totally perfect, and ... it killed me just a little bit. I'm definitely waiting with baited breath for the third book in the series!!

Young Adult Notes:

Mild violence, some language, mild sensual scenes.

Source: ALA

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway Hop

Friday, February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day!!

To celebrate, I've entered the giveaway hop hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and Read for Your Future.

I'll be giving away ARCs of the following titles to ONE winner:

The Boy Project by Kami Kinard

The hop will run from February 17th to 21st.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Review: Fever (Chemical Garden 2) by Lauren DeStefano


Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.

Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.

The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion...by any means necessary.

In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price - now that she has more to lose than ever.


Publication date: February 21st 2012 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

The Elliott Review:

Fever picks up where Wither left off and doesn't let up. Although Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion of horrors, they are by no means out of danger in this part of their story. They barely have time to show each other the love that motivated them to flee in the first place. Survival in the outside world is not a given, especially with some of the twisted, strange people they meet along the way.

This book kept me in constant suspense, wondering how things would turn out for Rhine and Gabriel. The main heart of the story is Rhine as a character deciding how she will be able to live in this horrible new world. Will she find her brother? Will she be victimized? Will she be able to continue living with a strange sickness that doesn't seem to be something recognizable?

This book seemed like a wonderful transition to me. There is some important development, and the tension rises and rises as Rhine looks for Rowan. This is definitely something not to be missed!!

Young Adult Notes:

Prostitution, attempted rape, child abuse, forced marriage, torture/medical experimentation, mild language.

Source: Borrowed

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Winner: The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison!!

The winner of The Butterfly Clues is:

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Review: Pure by Julianna Baggott


We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .

Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .

There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it's his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.


Publication date: February 8th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing

The Elliott Review:

The post-apocalyptic world Baggott has created draws the reader in with a sense of dark curiosity. It's a world where humans have fused with whatever was near them when the detonations occurred, eking out a meager, bleak existence while hoping for the day when they can possibly be rescued and taken inside the Dome where the Pures live.

Pressia has vague memories about what life was like before the detonations happened, leaving the doll she was holding forever connected to her wrist. She and her grandfather struggle to survive, and now that Pressia is coming of age, she has to deal with what might happen to her. As she gets to know a passionate young rebel named Bradwell, she feels things and considers ideas that she has never known before.

Partridge lives in a clean, sterile world where everything is very much controlled by those in charge - namely, by his father and others like him. The idea that perhaps his mother is still alive outside of the dome prLopels him to act, to get out, despite his confusing feelings for Lyda.

The way everything in this story is connected keeps the storyline fast-paced and exciting. This is definitely a read that lovers of post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction will gravitate towards.

Young Adult Notes:

Some language, violence, sensitive topics.

Source: Thanks to Grand Central Publishing for making this title available at Netgalley.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Author Interview + Giveaway: Julianna Baggott (Pure)

Today on the blog I'm excited to have the chance to interview Julianna Baggott! Critically acclaimed, bestselling author Julianna Baggott also writes under the pen names Bridget Asher and N.E. Bode. She has published seventeen books over the last ten years. Film rights for her forthcoming novel PURE have been acquired by Fox 2000. The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted, written under pen name Asher, was published in spring 2011. There are approximately 50 foreign editions of her novels to date.

You have written many books over the last ten years. How have you been able to make the time to write?

It's not easy -- like making a loaf of bread from dust swept up in the corners. Making time is a creative act in and of itself. I have four kids and have been a full-time professorial type, so those are more demands -- ones I love. I have no hobbies. I have no spare time to cultivate them. I have a system of writing that helps. And yet I always heap more things on. I write essays -- sometimes political ones -- and poems, and my husband and I co-founded a nonprofit to get free books to underprivileged kids in Florida so that also slips in. I will say that my husband is the stay-at-home dad, the home-maker, as he likes to put it. It helps very much that my home is made -- by him. He's also my creative partner and we're tied together throughout each day. Somehow it works.

Has motherhood affected your writing in any way?

Absolutely. In fact, I wouldn't have written PURE without my specific life experience -- much of which has been defined by motherhood. On a general level, kids have mined my soul. But, too, the idea of fusings -- a defining element of PURE -- wouldn't have come to me without motherhood. There are characters in the book called The Mothers, and well, there you have it. My novels tend to be about family, even when they seem to be about something else.

What is the most difficult part of being a writer?

I need the writing part. I protect my relationship with the page. It's brutal there some days, but I don't want it to be easy. There are days where it should feel like bear-wrestling. Hard, but good hard. Now, the publication part -- that's work. It's a job. You think it will be the delightful reward for your labor, but it's hard -- for me at least -- to go public. To lay it out there. And sometimes it's simply like being a traveling salesman, which wasn't really what I'd ever imagined.

What is the best thing about writing for a young adult audience?

They leap. Adults don't. Often adults will dig their heels and refuse to go with you. You have to convince them, which is fine. I like a good debate. But there's something really liberating when the reader simply takes you on and meets you on your own path, right up to the cliff.

 I see that you want the making of the PURE trilogy to be an interactive collaboration. How did you do come to that decision?

Maybe you're talking about the film deal. The film rights are with Fox2000 and I'm interested in what a director will bring to the work, visually. Oh, but maybe you're talking about PURE: THE INNER CIRCLE. I have a private blog that people can sign up for. That's where I post things about the process. And, in the near future, it's where the small band of followers will see the cover for FUSE and give feedback. They will also get early excerpts of FUSE... In return for their input, I write occasional behind-the-scenes updates, publishing-centric. It's not that it will be an interactive collaboration. (I've written a collaborative novel and two authors is hard enough.) But I do want input on some major decisions, yes. I want to know what readers are thinking. I didn't want to be completely cut off from readers.

How will the collaborative process work?

Here's the skinny: People can sign up HERE

It's designed for articulate readers who are interested in the publishing industry as future writers, editors, publishers, art directors, copy editors, web designers, book critics, translators, as well as the process of books being made into films... I write the behind-the-scenes pieces at an invite only blogspot. We'll ask them to comment on things like book jacket covers, web design, book trailer, and apps. They’ll see early sections of the second and third books in the trilogy while still in edits. And they'll be able to submit questions to me.

What other projects do you have in the works that you can tell us about?

FUSE is Book II in the trilogy. I'm deep into edits now. In fact, this is a wonderful opportunity for me to slip away for a while. It's intense.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

February ARC Giveaway!!!!

This month, I'm giving away ARCS of four March releases to one lucky winner!!! Check out the synopses of these great books to decide if you'd like to be the winner!!! :)

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

International Giveaway: Signed Copy of The Butterfly Clues

Win a signed copy of The Butterfly Clues!!!

Today is all about The Butterfly Clues. I read this book and LOVED it. If you've followed for long, you know how I have a special place in my heart for OCD characters, and the obsessive and sneaky Lo is no exception. Check out my review if you're curious.

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Did/do you have an item or some routine that comforts you when you are stressed/irritated/upset?

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