Pursell's fourth novel is a women's coming-of-middle-age contemporary fiction novel that

challenges societal norms and middle-age stereotypes.

"I could feel Jenn's frustrations and fears and heartbreak right along with her joy and triumph." -ARC Reader

"This memoir is a compelling self-portrait of a spirited and sensitive woman when she's the most vulnerable. Highly recommended!​"

                                                                                 -Reader's Favorite Book Review


"A heartwarming personal memoir on the beauty of growing pains."
           "Reading Kirsten's innermost thoughts is amusing and cringey, dark and real."
"In an adult world of big issues, it remains a challenge for teenagers to bring their own struggles to the surface. Maybe for fear of being misunderstood, or for fear of being silenced. Refuge can be found in On Becoming Me and those fears might fade away, even if for a moment."
                                                                                   -Independent Book Review

“…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

Praise for On Becoming Me: Memoir of an 80's Teenager

"...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

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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, were 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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