Blog Tour: THE DEAD INSIDE:A True Story + Giveaway

Welcome to the Blog tour of THE DEAD INSIDE: A true story by Cyndy Etler!

For readers of Girl Interrupted and Tweak, Cyndy Etler’s gripping memoir gives readers a glimpse into the harrowing reality of her sixteen months in the notorious “tough love” program the ACLU called “a concentration camp for throwaway kids.”

All Cyndy wanted was to be loved and accepted. By age fourteen, she had escaped from her violent home, only to be reported as a runaway and sent to a “drug rehabilitation” facility that changed her world.

To the public, Straight Inc. was a place of recovery. But behind closed doors, the program used bizarre and intimidating methods to “treat” its patients. In her raw and fearless memoir, Cyndy Etler recounts her sixteen months in the living nightmare that Straight Inc. considered “healing.”

  • The Dead Inside: a true story
  • Author: Cyndy Etler
  • Sourcebooks Fire
  • On-sale: April 4, 2017
  • Young Adult, Hardcover
  • $17.99

In The Dead Inside, Cyndy Etler details the sixteen harrowing months she spent at Straight, Inc., a teen rehab facility that the ACLU called “a concentration camp for throwaway kids.”

This story, in all its frightening truth, is incredibly authentic and important for readers. Kathleen Glasgow (Girl in Pieces) recently tweeted:

“OMG. I devoured @cdetler‘s upcoming YA memoir THE DEAD INSIDE. So much to unpack about what happens to “throwaway” kids…”

Alarmingly, Cyndy’s story is also still relevant – even now, Straight, Inc. policies and tactics are still being used.

Cyndy Etler was homeless at fourteen, summa cum laude at thirty. In her current work as a teacher and teen life coach, Etler happily teaches teens that books work better than drugs. She lives with her husband and dogs in North Carolina. Find her at




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