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Letter to Adults


Dear Parents, Teachers, Librarians, and Other Adults,

I am delighted to share my young adult memoir, STRAIGHTLING, with you. STRAIGHTLING recounts my difficult adolescent years, and the pain I endured at the hands of the system. The lessons that I teach young people through the sharing of my story can open the doors of communication for teens that face any type of struggle, not just those with problems similar to my own.

Most importantly, allowing young adults to read my very genuine, but often painful, story can better prepare them to be aware of their own needs, as well as the needs of their peers. It shows them that they are far from alone.

There are two editions of STRAIGHTLING: the original and the school edition. The latter, which has been scrubbed free of stronger language and content, features discussion questions that target the concerns of young adults. A Common Core-based curriculum is available, at no charge, on my website.

Thank you for taking the time to consider STRAIGHTLING…and for all that you do for teens.



Cyndy Drew Etler


“Reading STRAIGHTLING is like watching a great horror flick. You really want to cover your eyes, but you just can’t! Compelling. Scary. Totally real.”


—Ellen Hopkins, New York Times Bestselling Author of CRANK

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