Coming-of-Age Novel Saving Summer Explores Perseverance Through Trauma

Aug 11, 2023

The novel Saving Summer, available on Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and Audible versions, tells an inspiring tale of a Kansas teenage girl overcoming a traumatic childhood caused by narcissistic parents.

Saving Summer is a coming-of-age story about a teenage Kansas girl enduring and overcoming a childhood of abuse at the hands of narcissistic parents. The story follows the protagonist as she develops both a network of trusted friends as well as her own independence throughout the sixties, seventies, and eighties.

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One of the central plot pieces in the novel is the main character, Summer Stevens, being kicked out of her home at age 16 by her stepfather. She goes on to persevere through homelessness while continuing on as a high school student. The novel was written to provide hope to victims of trauma. Reading Saving Summer can reinforce that you are a victor, not a victim of circumstance.

Trauma has become an increasingly examined phenomenon. Research shows that Google searches for the term trauma have steadily risen since the mid-2000s and Saving Summer is a tale that can help you understand and process trauma.

The author, Suzy Ryan, drew upon lived experience in writing Saving Summer. She is a Kansas native who survived traumatizing experiences such as the development of Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection.

Suzy spent more than two decades as an award-winning educator. She saw firsthand that many of her own students were struggling with trauma. In writing Saving Summer, she has merged her careers as a writer and trauma-focused educator to tell a story about overcoming emotional damage.

As the founder of Warrior Publishing, Suzy provides a platform for other authors who are interested in telling stories about overcoming trauma. Her site also offers tips for becoming a published author, writer advice gleaned from conferences, and novel writing tips.

Warrior Publishing is actively seeking authors to help spread its vision. The company is currently seeking out individuals who have stories to tell about education, community, family, America's military, PTSD, outreach, and mental health.

Published author Kiesa Kay reviewed the novel, stating, “Saving Summer sparkles with courage. Readers will cheer for this strong athlete as she overcomes struggle and learns to build new dreams."

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