Young man journeys to find true self in new book ‘Tortured Innocence’

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Nikiforos Vourakis announces release of new coming-of-age novel.

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In “Tortured Innocence” (published by iUniverse), author Nikiforos Vourakis’ new coming-of-age novel, readers are transported to high school where teenage angst, worry and happiness dance hand-in-hand.

On top of the stress of being a teenager and finding a place in the world, Chris battles to remember his past as a result of amnesia. After a failed confession to a classmate, Chris finds himself drifting back towards his ex, Rachael. Chris does not remember why they broke up, but after a kiss, he decides they need to get back together. As his memory slowly returns, he has a feeling that there is an important letter that will help him remember everything. One night, Rachael stumbles upon a letter and loses herself. It seems the letter confesses Chris’ love for another. After Chris looks over the letter, he decides it is time to talk with that individual. If that is not perplexing enough for him, Rachael forgives him a couple days later and then a new classmate confesses his love towards Chris.

Tortured Innocence” takes a look at a stage in life filled with confusion as people move from being children to young adult. It addresses the acceptance and understanding of one another no matter the circumstances. Vourakis hopes that his coming-of-age novel will help inspire readers with its embracing message.

An excerpt from “Tortured Innocence”:

“We leave the school and go home. After that, all day I am wondering what kind of guys Veronica may like. Finally, it’s night, and I can put the whole thing to rest. I lie on my bed, and I close my eyes for a couple of seconds. In my head, a letter pops up, and I feel that it is important for some reason. I sit on the edge of the bed and try to figure out if it means anything important. I can’t figure anything out. I will stress about it tomorrow.”

“Tortured Innocence”
By Nikiforos Vourakis
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 180 pages | ISBN 9781475982732
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 180 pages | ISBN 9781475982725
E-Book | 180 pages | ISBN 9781475982749
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Nikiforos Vourakis is a 19-year-old author from Athens, Greece. Growing up, he loved reading books and that love pushed him to start writing. He has written six unpublished books, and after finishing high school, he decided to chase his dream and start publishing his work. He lives with his family and is writing the sequel to “Tortured Innocence.”

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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