My name is Cassidy Connor and my parents hate me. Well, they can go to hell. After yet another fight with my manipulative lawyer father and bible thumping mother, I disappear onto Hollywood Blvd among the other street kids. Or so I thought. The cops pick me up for a BS crime I didn’t commit, and Dad announces the only way I can avoid charges is to voluntarily admit myself into Oak Dale, a psych ward for crazy teens. I don’t belong there — my parents are the real nutjobs — but it’s not like I have a choice.
At Oak Dale, everyone is going on about the kid who just killed himself trying to escape. How could they dump me in a place like this? I’m thrown in with my anorexic roommate, Erin; foster care system victim, Gina; and pyromaniac Tony. Guess he likes to light ’em up. All of us are unwanted baggage, here against our will.
I quickly learn only the strong survive Oak Dale — and some of us won’t make it out alive.
“A heartbreaking and beautiful combination of suffering and empowerment no one should miss out on.”
—Joey King, Actress (Oz the Great and Powerful, The Conjuring, White House Down)
“AGAINST HER WILL is the One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for teens.”
—Andrew Bequette, Attorney/Author
“A compelling glimpse of life inside the teenage mind, AGAINST HER WILL was a fascinating train wreck I couldn’t look away from and read in one sitting.”
—Elana Johnson, Author, the Possession series (Simon Pulse)
“Against Her Will is an amazing, realistic story of growth and courage as young Cassidy learns to survive life on her own terms, both within the mental health system and outside.”
— Dr. Susannah O’Brien, PhD psychology