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Edmonds College Read: You've Got It All Wrong: About the Book

About the Editor: Ingrid Ricks

Ingrid Ricks is an author, speaker, essayist and teen mentor. Her memoirs include The New York Times Best Seller Hippie BoyFocus, a memoir about her journey with the blinding eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa, and a short story collection, A Little Book of Mormon (and Not So Mormon) Stories. She is currently working on a memoir about her yearlong quest to save her eyesight, and is blogging about her journey at

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About the Book: You've Got It All Wrong

Druggie. Loser. Boozer. Dropout. Runaway. Delinquent. Slut.

Labels can hurt and destroy—as the authors of this true story collection know all too well. But are they true? Would you still think the same if you knew the challenges and circumstances these “labeled” teenagers have faced?

In You’ve Got It All Wrong, twenty-one writers take readers into their lives as they struggle with homelessness, abandonment, death, addiction, abuse, and peer pressure. By revisiting their pasts and sharing their stories, these high school students are taking charge of their futures in positive ways. They are also reaching out to others to remind them that they aren’t alone and that labels do not define who they are.

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This book came out of the Write to Right program at Scriber Lake High School, which continues to empower students through personal storytelling. Learn more about the program and what they do on their website.

About the Editor: Marjie Bowker

Marjie Bowker is an instructor at Scriber Lake High School in Edmonds. She says, "What I have learned through this process is that all students have stories to tell, and that struggling students need a different, personal and engaging approach to inspire them to write." 

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