Conviction & Self-depreciating humor – Booklist Online
"Etler weaves her story with conviction, self-deprecating humor, and hard facts...Readers will come to respect the fighter that Etler is and the advocate she became for other teens in similar situations"—Booklist
Unnerving – Publisher’s Weekly
"[An] unnerving and heartrending memoir...readers may be stunned that a place like Straight could exist, let alone that a parent would willingly send a child there"—Publisher’s Weekly
Raw and Absorbing – Kirkus Reviews
"Etler channels her younger self's voice with pitch-perfect verisimilitude as Cyndy goes from wide-eyed disbelief to acquiescence, having finally found a place where she feels like she belongs. An epilogue offers a redemptive conclusion, and an author's note provides chilling context for Straight's history and Cyndy's story. Raw and absorbing, Etler’s voice captivates"—Kirkus Reviews
The Dead Inside is a School Library Journal Popular Pick!
"The writing is fast paced...[readers] will find this account impossible to put down...Verdict: a must-read memoir"—School Library Journal
The Dead Inside is a Junior Library Guild selection!
"Etler’s intense, unforgettable memoir uncovers the lies behind Straight, Inc., a teen rehab facility that was supposed to give teens help. Instead, it gave them hell."—Junior Library Guild