If Only...

When G saw her best friend Lisa in the ICU she thought stuff like that doesn’t happen to sixteen year olds. The intolerance in Lisa’s school and her mother’s cluelessness paved the way for her addiction to Marty. When her bad choices spiraled out of control disaster was inevitable.

How would Lisa pull herself back together? G wondered if she even wanted to. If Lisa came out of her coma, G knew there was one thing that could help her change her life. And she wasn’t about to give up on her friend. 

Kids with ADHD and Other Learning Disabilities Can Have Low Self Esteem

A book for kids with dyslexia or kids’ books about ADHD, or any other books about whatever the learning disability may be, offer children the support they need so that they do not feel alone in their struggle.

We all have this notion that we’re supposed to look a certain way, behave a certain way, excel in sports, excel in school, be popular, etc. etc. There is an endless list of all the “supposed tos.” And when we don’t fulfill all those “supposed tos” we feel miserable. We feel frustrated. If we have learning disabilities whether it be ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia or difficulty with language processing, we struggle in school. We suffer from being different from those kids that excel on every test and participate in every subject. We suffer because it looks easy for everybody else and can’t understand why for us it’s a never ending battle.

After doing much research, I found there are so many new release YA books of different genres. My YA fiction If Only… falls into the realistic/contemporary category. From personal experience, I felt the need and urge to write about real teen issues. If Only… was written with the hope of helping young adults with learning disabilities build their self-esteem. These young adults deserve to get the education that is rightfully theirs; one that builds on their strengths rather than their weaknesses. If they don’t have an excellent report card, it is necessary to find that excellence somewhere else. If Only… shows how frustration and feelings of inadequacy overpower the protagonist’s life, destroying her self-esteem making it inevitable that behavioral issues will follow suit. If you are a teen you will identify with best friends Lisa and G, and the conflicts they endure.

Girl Reading

I am Me and I Can...

Michael, a boy with learning disabilities narrates his story in a positive light, relaying both sides of the coin, the bright side and the flip side. He describes the different feelings he experiences in various scenarios. Most importantly, at the end of the day, it is clear that he is proud to be Michael, and is aware of his unique qualities. He knows he can do many things. When we discover our strengths and develop them, self-esteem follows suit.

My passion is music.

Welcome to Dahlia Karlin

My motivation to write my new YA contemporary fiction If Only… was personal. I saw my own daughter’s self-esteem crash in the classroom and with her friends from year to year.

If Only… was an idea that grew during those tough times. If you are someone who struggles with learning disabilities, you will feel Lisa’s pain. If you have a friend who struggles you will relate to G, Lisa’s other half.

I am totally devoted to my passion and my purpose.


Music moves me to write and writing inspires my passion at the piano.

And BTW when I take a break from my music and my writing I make a beeline for the freezer where my coffee ice-cream awaits me. Sometimes I go for the bittersweet chocolate instead!

My purpose is writing.

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