“…a unique look back whose approach and format is a true gift to time-travel.”

“…consider(s) many questions about everything from relationships to moral development and social evolution.”

“…rare chronicles of experience that don’t come from the revised wisdom of hindsight.”

“One reason this is so powerful is the gift of consistency…this provides a uniformity of evolutionary growth as it depicts a timeline of change.”

                                                                        -D.Donovan, Sr. Reviewer,Midwest Book Review

"Author Kirsten Pursell opens up her "memory vault" in a raw, honest, coming-of-age memoir set against the backdrop of the 80's, that is relevant for all generations.

                                                                                     -Feathered Quill Book Review

"...Telling her story through journal/diary entries was fresh, unique, original, and rare...sincere and authentic...delves into crucial and sensitive topics peculiar to teens and seemingly incomprehensible to other ages...impeccable editing of this work."
                                                                                      -Online Book Club Official Review

Praise for On Becoming Me: Memoir of an 80's Teenager
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"What I have somehow managed to seamlessly project to the world my entire life is not always what my brain is reflecting inside me. But if any of us were truly that transparent there would never be a story to tell."


On Becoming Me: Memoir of an 80’s Teenager is a reflective look back on my turbulent teenage years. I was defined by my sport until I was almost sixteen years old. All my successes, my failures, my total being, was chlorine based. Accidents, injuries, insecurities would take their toll on me both physically and mentally. Navigating life outside of my sport was unchartered territory. And it was clear that there was a residual impact, both good and bad, on figuring out who I was supposed to be without it even though I know I did not recognize it at the time. However, I was profoundly insightful, inwardly optimistic that I would make it through, but constantly struggling to find the right combination to survive becoming me.

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