It Gets Better is a collection of stories written by religious people, celebrities, and everyday people. The book was edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller who wanted to reach out to LGBT kids and give them hope. As a student who has endured bullying and someone who believes very much in equality I’m really glad that a book like this exists and I would recommend it to anyone gay or straight who was dealing with harassment in school. Last year I was really sad when I heard about those kids, all whom were gay and very close to my age who committed suicide. What’s great about this particular book is that it’s people from all different backgrounds and sexual orientations reaching out to kids that quite frankly have been being ignored for years and telling them not to give up, that they matter, and that life is worth living. Some of the stories are even from people who themselves have attempted suicide and are glad that they lived. The thing about this book is that there are so many different stories in the book you’ll undoubtedly find at least one person to relate to. It Gets Better also includes resources for LGBT youth and their allies, parents, and teachers. I think it’s unfortunate that a book and organization like this needs to exist, but until everyone realizes that we’re all human I’m glad it’s out there for people who are really struggling.
Review by Atiya Irvin-Mitchell