LETTER EXCERPTS:

“I want to tell you that the book called She Said Yes changed my life forever.  3 or 4 years ago I was depressed and thinking about taking my own life.  ...…the words of the book landed in my heart and I didn’t take my own life.”
                    -Reader from Holland

“….I learned that I should enjoy my siblings no matter what happens, because they could be gone anytime.  It [She Said Yes] taught me to enjoy life more, because any day could be my last day.  Thank you for writing this book because it changed my life.”
                    -6th Grade Reader from Wisconsin

“Just by reading the first two chapters of this book I knew I knew it is about hope.  Hope that will never die.  I learned that even though you go through the hardest times, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.”
                    -6th Grade Reader from Wisconsin

“I learned that people shouldn’t hang out with bad people”
                    -6th Grade Reader from Wisconsin

“I too got into trouble with the group of kids I was hanging out with.  I was smoking pot, cigarettes and drinking alcohol.  My mother tried everything and when nothing worked she moved me…..to live with my father.  I was so depressed and missed my friends that I would always tell everyone that I would kill myself and then they would be sorry.  It wasn’t until I bought your book that I realized I was not alone, that other people have gone threw the same things I was going threw, and that it was time to change my life around.  To me Cassie is my hero and without her, and your book I don’t know where I would be right now”
                        -Reader from New Jersey

“Your book affected me because it makes me think of my mom’s death and how life is precious and we shouldn’t waste time with the people we love.”
                    -7th Grade Reader from Iowa

“So far in my life this [book] is my favorite!”
                    -7th Grade Reader from Iowa

“Your daughter’s death helps me realize that I need to try to always be a good person, be true to myself and treat everyone with respect.”
                    -7th Grade Reader from Iowa

“This book has honestly changed my life………I’m gonna try to live life more positively.  I’m gonna be a leader not a follower from now on because I regret trying to be like everyone else……Cassie’s story is so inspirational.”
                    -7th Grade Reader from Iowa

“It [your book] makes me think hard about my life.”
                    -7th Grade Reader from Iowa

“The book affected my life because I didn’t use [sic] to respect my family, but reading about what happened to your family gave me a whole different perspective on my life and on my family.  I appreciate them more than I ever have in my entire life.  My parents are grateful that I respect them more. Your daughter’s tragic death made me realize my parents will always be there for me when my friends won’t……Thank you for writing such a powerful book about your daughter, Cassie.”
                    -7th Grade Reader from Iowa

“This book also shows that no matter how bad you are or for how long you’ve been doing bad things, you can still change our life around anytime.”
                    -7th Grade Reader from Iowa

“Your book has changed me.  When I was in 5th grade I was really bad.  I was put on a behavior plan.  I thought maybe I should change my behavior in 5th grade, but then I decided I wasn’t going to.  In 6th grade I was the same.  I didn’t care about anything.  This year when I read your book I decided to change.  I have been trying to do what my parents say.  I have been trying to make a better effort to change.”
……..”I will keep trying to change my life and also living each day like it is the last.  I have regrets with my parents because I have been so mean and not a loving kid they want me to be.  I have regrets with my friends because I always ignore them or just never talk to them.”
                    -7th Grade Reader from Iowa

“Thank you for such a great book, it was very emotional and life changing. This book has changed me from a troublemaker to a good child.”
                    -7th Grade Reader from Iowa

“Yes I have made many bad stuff with my friends and family, and I REALLY regret it a lot! So I will go like Cassie and look up to God and follow what He says.  Thank you for leading me [on] a new path.”
                    -7th Grade Reader from Iowa

“This book has had a positive outcome on life to me.  It has made me live everyday to the fullest and have no regrets.  I used to have certain thoughts similar to Cassie’s about suicide…..I didn’t know what to do, until I read your book and learned about Cassie.  It has changed my whole view on the world.”
                    -7th Grade Reader from Iowa

“Cassie and her mother’s relationship felt like my mother’s and mine.  Now I truly realize why my parents are always on my case and strict at times.”
                    -Student from New York

“I too went through a period of rebellion, and I also was suicidal.  I was put into Children’s Hospital for three and a half days and after reading about Cassie, I knew that I wasn’t alone.  I would like to say thank you to the Bernall family for giving their daughter life, and therefore helping me and a lot of others.”
                    -16 Year Old Reader from Ohio

“I have learned so much by reading your book.  I have learned that my parents have my best interest in mind when they make me do things that I really don’t want to do.  Also, it is obvious from reading this story, how important it is to pick and choose our friends carefully.”
                    -High School Reader from Virginia

“Another way Cassie’s story affected my life is that it made me realize I had to say ‘I Love You’ more often.  Just three days ago I lost my friend in a car accident.  Things happen at anytime and anywhere.  To be ready for this we have to let people know that we love them.  I also tell my parents I love them more often and I appreciate what they do for me a lot more then I used to.”
                    -8th Grade Student from New York