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From the heights of mania to the crash of depression, can Theresa Jarewski get off her emotional roller-coaster? Will she find a guy who will love and accept her?
She is a sixteen-year-old overachiever who wants to get accepted into an Ivy League college and to be the outstanding editor of her high school newspaper. Theresa wants to capture Michael Janning's heart, but he's hiding a dark secret that can upset her world.
Her dreams of a happy future are shattered when the girl suffers a devastating depression. Through the support of her family and friends, Theresa must learn how to cope with bipolar disorder during high school through early college.
It is a compassionate depiction of one young woman's attempt to overcome a mental illness.
""Promises to Theresa is the courageous story of one loving Catholic family's brave struggle with their daughter's mental illness. As fragile as rose petals is their journey of faith. Marianne Komek has written a novel that captures the pain of suffering with bipolar disorder and at the same time trembles with the belief that healing waits upon our willingness to love."" --Sr. Kathryn J. Hermes, FSP, Author, Surviving Depression: A Catholic Approach.
""Although the going can be rocky, there is abundant empathy contained in the pages of this lovingly crafted novel. As she shares many of the hopes and dreams of those suffering from mental illness, Theresa is not unlike any of us who aspire for a fulfilling life.""-- Birgit Jones, Contributor, The Catholic Stand
""What looks like a typical high school overachiever's tendency to take on too many activities turns out to be a sign of bipolar disorder, and Theresa Jarewski feels like nothing will be normal again. Promises to Theresa by Marianne Komek unmasks the struggles of a bipolar teen, explores her crisis of faith, and celebrates friends strong enough to stick together in tough times.""--Barb Szyszkiewicz, Editor & Contributor, CatholicMom.com