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Gr 9 Up-Despite the chaos of a busy life (dance team, friend squabbles, a new boyfriend) and family life (a strict stepfather, younger siblings, and an older brother, Bryan, who is floundering), Coley, 15, is working hard to act like everything is normal. What others can't see is that for years, Bryan has been molesting her. While the teen is confused and tormented by her relationship with him, she also feels protective of their friendship. Only Coley and Bryan, who feel like outsiders in their stepfather's home, know what it felt like to escape their abusive father and move from New Zealand to the United States. Her shame over not hating her brother and the resulting emotional complications in her relationship with her crush finally prove too much for her to handle. Coley takes tentative steps toward healing, reaching out to friends and family to help her. Scott does not reduce the complexity of the situation and Coley's emotions to a simple solution. Dramatic without melodrama, this title respectfully examines incest and sexual abuse.-Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


"Live Through This is by turns harrowing, sad, funny, and romantic. I couldn't put it down."
--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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442440597
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442440593
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,146,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mindi Scott lives near Seattle, Washington, USA with her cats and drummer husband in a house with a non-sound-proof basement. Freefall, her first novel, was published by Simon Pulse in 2010. Her second novel, Live Through This, was published (also by Simon Pulse) in 2012. She contributed a chapter to Violent Ends, a collaborative novel written by 17 young adult authors (out in 2015), and co-wrote, along with Michelle Andreani, the 2016 novel The Way Back to You. She is represented by Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich.

Please visit her online at MindiScott.com.

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Live Through This by Mindi Scott is an unbelievably stunning, heartbreaking story. I am amazed by Mindi Scott's storytelling capabilities - I can't even imagine writing a story like this and still being able to include the beautiful, fun, light moments in such a perfect way.

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.
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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 it straight away.

Let's start with the characters before anything. Coley, the main character, besides having an awesome name was great. She was totally realistic for a teenager. Her emotions with dealing with her best friend, her first major boyfriend, her feelings toward her stepfather; it was all so true for a teenage girl. She was also an extremely raw character. Her constant personal battles with the abuse and her inner conversations almost forced me into tears so many times. Coley was so brave. So strong. A fantastic, well crafted main character. Reece, Coley's boyfriend was ADORABLE. I freaking loved this kid. He was so incredibly kind and sweet. All that aside my absolute favorite part about Reece was that he wasn't the popular boy. I loved that he was in a band, was a little bit geeky and more often than not, corny. I also really enjoyed the strong family presence in Live Through This. Coley's mother was just a great mom, and I loved that the parents were so present in this book. And the triplets. Gosh they were adorable... and hilarious! Brian(Coley's older brother) was hard to judge for me though. He was so standoffish throughout the novel and the real perspectives we had were from Coley flashbacks about previous times. It's obvious that Brian was really damaged from the previous years abuse.

Now... the pacing. I know this is a story about abuse so as I read I knew that the issue of abuse would eventually be confronted but for a large part of the novel I felt like it a love story. As much as I loved Reece, I wish that was not as big of a focus.
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Live Though This begins with a daring, racy start as high-schooler Coley Sterling fantasizes about having sex with the boy she's crushing on.

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.
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I blame my curiosity gene for drawing me to issue books such as Live Through This. This book takes on the issue of sexual abuse and it's resultant emotional scars. We're shown 16 year old Coley (short for Nicole), a girl who has suffered from sexual abuse for several years. No one on the outside or even on the inside of her nuclear family can tell anything is wrong. She's involved in activities at school, has a boyfriend, and hangs out (and fights) with her friends. She carries on like her relationship with a certain person in her life isn't totally warped, and even displays affectionate and genuine acts of love to that person despite it all. This is all a façade because deep down she doesn't know what to think of herself and she doesn't want to admit that all of those nights in her bed were and are real.

While this story isn't overly heavy in actual acts of abuse, the ripple effects of being manipulated by someone close occur throughout the book as Coley's self-perceptions are revealed. She's jaded, but doesn't realize how much so until she gets her first real boyfriend. It's only then that she'll allow herself to really think about what's gone on for the past several years of her life and to admit that it has to stop. All of her confusion and revulsion eventually reaches a boiling point and the fit hits the shan. This is where the book abruptly stops and, although I would have liked to have seen the outcome of exposing the truth, it worked.

I've never been in Coley's situation and therefore can't say how I would have reacted. However, I get why she felt the way she did and I understand why she didn't speak out sooner. How could she without compromising her relationship with someone she cherished and who should always have her back?
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