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Live Through This Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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--Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss
"Intensely emotional and beautifully crafted, I savored every word."
--Amanda Grace, author of In Too Deep
"An honest and realistic portrayal of what it is to live with secrets and shame." –Jo Knowles, author of Lessons From a Dead Girl
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Because Live Through This is an important and upsetting book. Sexual abuse is something that happens entirely too often, and the way Mindi Scott tells Coley's story is just...perfect. We have moments where we're giddy with Coley over the dorky and cute Reese, or we're laughing with Coley and her best friend Noah (who I love to death, FYI), but there's also this heavy feeling while reading Live Through This that we realize Coley must feel all the time because of what's happening to her.
I was so tense while reading Live Through This - I loved the way Mindi Scott kept the identity of Coley's abuser under wraps for a bit. I was tense and nervous and accusatory and my heart just broke when everything was revealed.
It's really hard for me to write a full review of Live Through This. Mindi Scott delivers a heart wrenching book that made me laugh and cry and want to curl up under the bed and hide from everyone. Live Through This is a beautiful contemporary that portrays an issue that ought to be brought to light more often.
Then it shifts to a brave, tense start.
By the end of the first scene, it becomes clear that Coley is not a sexually-active, sexually-confident teenager; she's being sexually abused by a family member and putting a lot of her youthful energy into coping.
It's a strong hook. From here, Coley willfully carries on with her normal teenage life. Her struggles include dance team competition, best friend conflicts, and that potential boyfriend.
However, the abuse looms in the background. The reader wonders, at first, who in the family is the real threat, and shares Coley's sublimated fear throughout. The abuse is bound to happen again. Coley tries to juggle situations in her favor, but she's endangered in her home.
This, the author's second novel, shares the strengths of Freefall: a strong teen voice with romance and humor. The fun parts and everyday drama of being a teen are captured here, too.
The novel follows Coley's journey with a strong finish, but stops short of offering a pat conclusion. It's well told.
I was weeping at the end and wishing I'd read more books like this in high school.
Writers, read this for: a strong hook, tight scenes, sustaining tension -- smart choices on what to leave in and leave out.
Full disclosure: I took a writing certificate program with Mindi Scott at the University of Washington and was in a writing group (affectionately called "Pam's Kids," after our instructor Pam Binder) with her for a while.Read more ›
Coley has what looks to be the perfect life. Her family is a bit loud, and they get on each other's nerves sometimes, but they look happy. She's on the dance team and is great at it. She's got the perfect friends-to-more relationship that people envy.
What people don't see is how messed up her home life is, how her best friend no longer speaks to her, her dance team is filled with tension, and she has no idea how to try and take control as her life spins out from under her.
Coley and Reece started as friends, and as they start a more romantic relationship, the other strings of her life start to unwind. She doesn't know how to keep Reece and deal with what's wrong in her life.
The pace of the novel is quite fast, but it works. Scott starts the novel right away and doesn't make you guess what's going to happen. She dealt with an extremely tough subject delicately, but she didn't gloss over things. She laid it all out there and that's why the ending felt off to me.
I don't want to give any spoilers, but the ending felt too abrupt and left a few too many things in the air for my taste. I don't mind using my own imagination to come up with how the story continues, but there was too much left unanswered for me with this ending. Just a little bit more, covering the conversation she was about to have, would have felt like a better fitting ending.
Live Through This is a mature novel that handles the topic of sexual abuse as best as a book can. I didn't feel as connected with the characters as I would have liked, and the ending didn't feel like quite enough, but it is still a good book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I remember reading about this on a few blogs and dying to get my hands on it. The premise sounded great and like something I would really enjoy. Read morePublished on May 19, 2014 by C. Conant
I really liked this book. Coley is barely coping with life while trying to hide a deep dark secret. The facade starts to crack as her relationship with Reece develops and layer by... Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by Sue Holmes @Crushingcinders
Live Through This has been on my TBR for a while now... since before it was released actually. I didn't hesitate when I seen this at the library, I knew I had to pick it up and... Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by Lauren
I really wanted to love this book. And I did like it a lot. But the ending kind of ruined everything for me.
Coley is having problems. Read more
Yikes, this book isn't my typical read. I had a hard time understanding the first two chapters. It starts off with the main character being abused I guess by her brother.Published on April 30, 2013 by Lorna
I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book, I was told from a friend to read it. I don't want to give anything away so I will just say it had your emotions running on high... Read morePublished on April 14, 2013 by Laselle
Enjoyed the book but hated the ending! Would be nice to see how it actually wrapped up. Still a recommended read.Published on February 26, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Sexual abuse is a subject that should be handled tactfully and with empathy, and I felt that this story fell short for me. Read morePublished on February 17, 2013 by Jessica