From the Desk of a Teen Psychiatrist/Author: A Different YA Novel Format

I wrote JAYA AND RASA: A LOVE STORY as if both Jaya and Rasa were my patients (they are amalgams of a number of real teen patients).

1st part of book: how their past negative experiences contributed to how they learned to think, feel, and act in order to survive.

2nd part of book: they meet and their relationship blooms into the first positive intimate relationship for them both.

Ending: the book ends with a mutual corrective emotional experience (a CEE is one way a traumatized person can learn both intellectually and emotionally how positive relationships work and therefore begin to contemplate how to live “happily ever after”).