LOQUITA, the Graphic Novel (#3 in the A La Brava Series)
Loquita is from Miami, Florida and is a sophomore in high school. As she comes into womanhood, she gains her powers. Loquita starts to see demons and is scared beyond belief. It doesn’t help that no one else can see them. A ghost, Sissel, asks Loquita to help save her and although Loquita has no idea how, she accepts. Loquita follows the clues leading her deeper into the supernatural, all while maintaining her grades and family life.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death in kids and teens ages 10 to 19. The
rates among teenage girls continues to sharply rise. The spike points to social media as a contributor as well as economic downturns and mental illness.
In our society, there are unwritten rules and expectations for young ladies that create immense pressure. Then you add possible biological components such as hormones and a genetic disposition. Some young ladies don’t have the resources (financial or family support), nor the knowledge to take care of their mental illness; especially when it comes to depression or anxiety. Most times they stay silent. And with depression, they manifest as anger and irritability.
It’s normal for teenagers to get a little moody and defiant, but drastic changes, such as decline in academic performance, not spending as much time with family or isolation, are red flags for something deeper.
Every day, on average 16 American youth take their own lives.