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Giveaway: Changing My Wardrobe by Deb Hanrahan



Changing My Wardrobe by Deb Hanrahan

Date Published: May 26, 2012

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Lindsey, a high school freshman, views her new school as a place to start over. With the help of her friends, she hopes that a change in her wardrobe will prompt a change in her image. She has some success until her long-time nemesis, Avery, reminds Lindsey of her place. Without asking for help from the adults, the main character and her friends struggle to manage the bullying. Despite their efforts, tensions rise, and people get hurt.


Teeny’s logic made sense to a point. If I wanted my life to be better, I needed to make some changes, and high school was the perfect place for me to do that. But I wasn’t convinced that a makeover was the answer. Changing my life couldn’t be as easy as changing my wardrobe, could it? After all, my face, my body, and my personality would be the same. Avery would still recognize me; she would still see me as the “little mouse.”

My anxiety began to rise as I walked away from my safety net. I knew that I wouldn’t have made it through junior high without Teeny and Grouper; they always had my back. But now things had to change. I couldn’t lean on them as I had done in the past. It was time for me to stand on my own two feet, but I wasn’t sure if I was ready for that yet.

We walked in silence for a while, trying to shake the negative energy that had engulfed us during our encounter with the devil. I felt as if I had been hit by a bus, and I had only spent a few minutes with that woman. I couldn’t help wondering what it was like to live with her. Did she talk to Avery like that all the time? What about her husband? Was he a victim of hers as well? Or was he her partner in crime, helping his wife strip Avery of any self worth and dignity that she might still possess? No wonder Avery was such a jerk. How could she have a kind view of the world when the people who are supposed to love her the most, treat her so badly?

It was a relief when Avery was with Cal because then she would ignore me. I could only guess that Cal didn’t want to upset Marco, so he kept her in line. For a short time, both Cal and Avery kept to themselves at lunch and outside of school. The mall, the picture, and the accident seemed to have been forgotten. I was starting to think that all the crazy drama was over. But our two groups only had a brief span of peaceful coexistence before our lives grew increasingly intertwined, causing a chain of events that would alter our futures forever.


I was amazingly moved when I read Changing My Wardrobe by Deb Hanrahan. This is an honest book about teen bullying and the tragedy that it can do to people.

The characters, the plot, even the dialog seemed real. I admire how Ms. Hanrahan showed the not only the victims side but the bully’s side as well.

I recommend this book not only to teens but to parents as well. I think parents need to be more aware of what is going on out there and I really think this book can help enlighten them.


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Deb Hanrahan

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I live with my husband and three teenagers in the Chicagoland burbs. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Chemistry, I worked at a nuclear power plant for five years. I then left my career to stay at home with my three kids.

Seemingly, overnight, I went from being crazy-busy to having way too much time on my hands. With my husband working long hours and my kids pursuing their own lives, I had to reinvent myself. So, I decided to write that book I always wanted to write. Changing My Wardrobe is my first novel


19 thoughts on “Giveaway: Changing My Wardrobe by Deb Hanrahan

  • Megan says:

    I think just about everyone was at some point in their life – we just didn’t have a name for it then!

    • Deb Hanrahan says:

      I was bullied in jr. high, but my high school years were great. Increased confidence and a great group of friends is the best weapon against a bully.

  • Tiffany Sill says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever been actually bullied. Or know anyone that has. I guess I’m just a likeable person, I don’t really have any enemies.

    • Deb Hanrahan says:

      I’m sure someone has tried to bully you, but since your confident (it sounds like you are), it probably didn’t phase you. It sounds like you have a great group of friends.

  • Deb Hanrahan says:

    Thanks so much for taking the time to read CMW and thanks for the great review. You have a lovely blog.

    • Dani says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by Deb! I truly enjoyed your book and look forward to reading more from you.

  • My daughter was bullied in the 4th grade, I ended up changing her schools because of it. Its sad really because the bullying was all over her being Mexican-American, in the day we live in our children should not have to worry about their race or the color of their skin.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Deb Hanrahan says:

      That is horrible that you had to go to such extremes to protect your daughter. Good for you! Schools cannot turn a blind-eye to bullying. My kids were at a school were bullies were common (adults as well as kids) and sometimes rewarded for their bad behavior. I too moved my younger kids to a different school. I’d like to take credit for making the decision to move them, but it was my middle child that suggested the change.

  • Maia R. says:

    I was somewhat bullied when I was younger by the people I thought were my friends. It took a bit of time to realized they weren’t my friends. Once I did though, I turned my back on them and haven’t had a problem since. Why I put up with the bulling? I’m not sure. I was young and they were my friends and didn’t want to let them go.

    • Deb Hanrahan says:

      One of my kids is going through a similar thing right now. Just remember that if you didn’t have that experience with your ex-friends, you would have never found the inner strength to walk away. You will have that strength for the rest of your life.

  • Thankfully, I never had to deal with bullying.

  • I have, as a kid in school. I wasn’t so fond of this experience. I think it’s why I read too much.

  • Tammy says:

    I’m so glad I never dealt with this, and same with my boys. As a nurse, I’ve heard of a few incidents and it just breaks my heart. Kids can be mean and you only hope that somehow this action stops.

    • Deb Hanrahan says:

      Unfortunately, I think it won’t until the adult community stops bullying. Kids learn from the adults around them.

  • kimba88 says:

    Awesome post. My daughter was picked on by a group of girls and attempted suicide. I hate bully.

    • Deb Hanrahan says:

      That’s terrible. I hope your daughter is feeling better now. No human being should ever feel that bad because of bullying.

    • Dani says:

      I am so sorry Kimba! My heart goes out to you both.

  • My little grandson, who is 3 is being bullied at his daycare. And by his little cousin of all things. I sure hope they can get her under control before it gets even worse. 3 years olds? Really?

    • Deb Hanrahan says:

      That is so young. I hope the daycare provider is all over that. This is when an adult can make a difference. My kids school has a zero tolerance policy on bullying and it works.

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