Our neighbor, Reynolds High School student and band member Aryelle Jacobsen, has written and published a book about being in middle school called A is for Awkward, which is getting considerable notice in our community and beyond. The book is a guide to surviving middle school and intends to help struggling preteens who are experiencing the changes which come with entering the sixth grade to weather those changes with less anxiety. Aryelle hopes that by reading this book, these youths will know that they are not alone in experiencing the awkwardness of growing into adulthood.
WLOS did a segment discussing the value of this book in August where Doris Sellers, principal of Reynolds H.S., said that she would keep copies of the book in her office for her high school students because is so encouraging. Our local sweet shop, Ultimate Ice Cream (where Aryelle works) named a favor after the book: “I is for Ice cream” and recently hosted a book signing. Aryelle herself got support and encouragement from her peers along with a foreword by Olson Huff, a well-known pediatrician in Asheville. The book is now available on Amazon as well as locally in Barnes & Noble and Malaprops. The book will be available in a teachers addition soon and Aryelle has is creating a business plan to launch workshop series available to school systems and is working with local school to pilot key concepts. For more information, check out the website www.aisforawkwardbook.com
Aryelle lives across the street from Bulman field on Redwing Lane with her mom Doral, Dad Tristan, brother Cayden and dogs Trina and Carlos. She was born in Asheville and played softball for many years across the street from her home. She will be attending college next year and plans to someday open a school. Maybe even in Western North Carolina!