Edmonds teens author book on overcoming obstacles

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by JOE FRYER / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 14, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 14 at 5:55 PM

EDMONDS, Wash. -– The long line forming outside of Revelations Yogurt, where a book signing was just getting underway, caught just about everyone off guard, especially the 14 teenage authors waiting to sign copies of their new book. 

The book, "We Are Absolutely Not Okay: 14 Stories by Teenagers Who Are Picking Up the Pieces," was written by students at Scriber Lake High School. Each overcame a variety of obstacles.

Brendan Klein's story focuses on coming out as a transgender male to his father. 

Brianah Droubay discusses how she overcame depression and suicidal tendencies.

Lauren Nein writes about self harm and cutting herself.

"It was really empowering to be able to write about such a dark time and know that I'm on top now," Nein said. 

The teens hope their stories help other teens who are struggling with similar issues. 

"You can make yourself happy if you really, really try," Droubay said.

Both print and electronic versions of the book are available for purchase.  Proceeds benefit programs at the school.

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Related: New Day Northwest interview with the authors (June 6, 2012).

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