I was homeless at 13, locked up at 14, suicidal at 15. Today I'm living my dream life.
My writing is 100% real. It takes you by the hand and pulls you into my actual teen life: the good, the bad and the psychotic. I write for kids like me, who feel alone, or broken, or hopeless. I hope they’ll finally find, in my books, that friend who actually gets it.
My young adult memoirs about my f*cked up teen years
What folks are saying
“Reading DEAD INSIDE 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
“[Etler’s] prose dazzles with infectious verve. A powerful story of a survivor whose irrepressible personality shines throughout even her darkest moments.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“[An] unnerving and heartrending memoir.”
– Publisher’s Weekly
“Readers will come to respect the fighter that Etler is and the advocate she became for other teens in similar situations.”
“Verdict: a can’t-miss memoir.”
– School Library Journal
An In the Margins Book Award Winner
A School Library Guild Popular Pick
A Junior Library Guild Selection