Maya Henry | Read to Heal Podcast Episode 4
Novelly author and high school student Maya Henry speaks on what support schools can offer to their students and how gender plays a role in academic pressure.
SEASON 1 EPISODE 4 of THE READ TO HEAL PODCAST
GUEST: Maya Henry
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Amber Brown
HOSTS: Madi + Christina
VIDEO EDITOR: Eric Lopez
Young author, Maya Henry, joins the Read to Heal Podcast to passionately discuss her novella “De-Cocooned” as well as lead courageous conversations on the pressures of battling mental health as a student and the social constructs that exist for academic achievement. Join us as our Youth Ambassador hosts dive into the wonderful mind behind “De-Cocooned.” You can access this novel in Novelly’s digital library full of stories written by young writers from our Rising Voices Collective.
De-Cocooned is about adolescence, about how fragile it is, and about how crushing it can become. De-Cocooned follows Mario, the latest boy in a lengthy line of devout men. He is the son of a man who wakes up to work before Mario’s baby sister stirs and comes home after Mario’s eldest sister sneaks out of her window. He is the golden boy of a woman who wakes, works, cooks, and is home in time to kiss Mario goodnight. He is the endearingly annoying younger brother of a girl who has faced their parents’ worst and somehow kept Mario from ever seeing it. Mario is a boy on the brink of manhood. But when he begins to lose his grasp, he becomes a monarch testing how far his newly crystalized wings of apathy and self-destruction can stretch before they—or someone in their vicinity—shatter.
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