I Am Still Alive

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Bo suffers from a gunshot wound from Ralph, and Jess shoots him with her last bullet from the rifle to put him out of his misery
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Not explicitly. A few times near the middle and end of the book Jess mentions a wolf-dog stalking her camp. Bo and this dog fight and both retain injuries.
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She mentions a beetle that crawls next to her shelter, as well as a swarm of mosquitos that bit her.
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In addition to the death of Jess' dog, she has to hunt for food. The book describes her hunting, butchering, and eating multiple animals.
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Squirrels, fish, rabbits, deer and much are hunted, killed, and eaten. Many animals ars hunted for food. Jess sees in a photograph a bear that her father and his friends killed. Her dad previously killed a Moose which she ate. A fox is killed by a wolf. That “wolf-dog” is killed by Jess in the end.
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Jess encounters a rattlesnake. Bo barked at it and she noticed it before it bit her.
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The men Raph and Daniel both chase Jess for a bit, mostly Raph, towards the ending. Jess has to hide out in her cabin for a few pages before going out and confronting Raph.
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There is no sexual, physical or verbal abuse; however, Jess' father neglects her medical needs and insists that her physical limitations are "all in her head."
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There isn't any substance abuse at all in this book, but it is touched on a few times that most of the main cast drinks. Carl, Jess's father, drinks a beer and gives Jess a drink with alcohol in it (she knows about it). Griff drinks a few times, and the cabin Jess finds is reported to have beer in the cabinets.
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Jess skins many animals throughout the book, as does her father.
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Jess nearly drowns after falling into icy water.
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Jess cracks open the skull of Daniel with a rock in an attempt to escape.
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Jess' mother died in a car accident before the book started, but it's shown in flashbacks. Jess' father is shot and killed later in the book.
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Jess, while angry and yelling at her father, compares her situation to a kidnapping. She obviously doesn't mean this and it doesn't come up later at all.
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Are there razors?
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Ralph snd one other man spit on the ashes of the house.
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Jess vomits from the smell of her father's corpse after digging up his grave. Nausea is mentioned several times as a reaction to the meat she eats, such as the “squirrel stew” that tasted too gamey.
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Not specifically but at the ending Jess recounts that when the media covered her story, one of the retellings makes it seem like certain politicians were responsible for taking down the 'bad guys'.
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Not a hospital but a physical therapy clinic. Jess has a close relationship with her physical therapist and theres multiple flashbacks to her sessions with him helping her in the clinic.
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No explicit panic attacks though Jess does have a few moments in which she is very upset and cries. These moments tend to go by quickly though and could be skipped if need be.
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No eating disorders. Jess does mention many times that she is starving, and while in her new cabin she finally sees how gaunt she looks due to her rapid malnutrition.
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It is never said explicitly but Jess considers shooting herself when she has to dig up her father.
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Jess's father encourages her to continue pushing through her pain and injured leg even though she tells him how bad it is. He apologizes soon after and he becomes better about it.
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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Yes and no! :( Jess finally gets to go home and is safe, but she loses a lot before it can happen. She mentions having nothing to go home to, but wanting to finish her life the way it was. She ends up in another foster home, and has to have a religious funeral for her father who would have hated it. It's bittersweet.
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A car crash is a big plot point in the book and Jess has multiple flashbacks to it, specifically how her mother died during it.
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No crashing, but it does break through the ice after a grenade explosion.
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No person is hit by a car.
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Jess's father is shot and killed. Jess shoots the pilot. Jess has to put her dog down with a gun.
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No but she comes close to drowning. After her canoe tips over, Jess is plunged into freezing water and struggles for a while.
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