A group of freshmen and sophomores are meeting every Tuesday after school with Ms. Wilson, one of their Upper School teachers, to discuss books they have selected to read as a club. Their first book choice was Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton. Also a motion picture, this fictitious drama follows the daily journal entries of a 16-year-old boy named Adam as he navigates his life with a schizophrenia diagnosis. While the author exaggerates the main character’s experiences to keep her readers interested, she captures the stigmatization, symptoms, and challenges that mental illness can cause. Adam’s story spotlights the need for more awareness, effective mental health treatment, and emotional support for those who are living with schizophrenia.
Students joined this Upper School Book Club because they love independent reading and choosing new titles and topics of interest to discuss with their peers. They also enjoy the friendships and mini-community that their weekly Book Club discussions create.
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