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This is the story of my return to high school.

This is the story of how I didn’t die.

Available from Amazon 

At 13, Cyndy was homeless. At 14, she was locked up. At 15, she was suicidal. At 30, she was teaching tough teens at an alternative school.

Today Cyndy is a bestselling young adult author. Honest and raw, her memoirs bring readers into the life of a kid who will do anything to feel accepted.

When she’s not writing, Cyndy is coaching teens. With humor and non-judgement, she helps kids figure out what they most want, and how to get it.

Cyndy holds a Master’s degree in Secondary Education and a Bachelor’s degree in English and American Studies from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is a Certified Youth Life Coach via Youth Coaching Institute, and a licensed English, Special Education and English as a Second Language teacher.

Cyndy’s two memoirs, The Dead Inside: A True Story and its sequel, We Can’t Be Friends: A True Story are published by Sourcebooks Fire.

After years of hopscotching across the country, Etler now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and her dogs