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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.

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"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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,603,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This book started off a bit slow for me. I was unsure how I felt about it. The heroine was fine enough but I really was not a fan of her love interest and good friend, Reece. Disliking the main couple always makes it a bit tough to enjoy. Regardless, it did hit a point where the story began the redeem itself, and I was completely engrossed in it. It handles a really sensitive subject matter very well. It took me a bit to figure out what was going on, but once I did I was equal parts horrified and interested to see how it would be written about, as it is something I have not come across in any other book I've read thus far. Unfortunately, I read on waiting to see how the issue would be dealt with, only for the story to abruptly end right in the midst of the heroine taking steps to resolve things. It was not a cliffhanger, it just was an empty ending. The moment I began to really be hooked on the story, I looked and saw that the story was over 90% done and I thought WTF?! Not possible. Yet it was not a glitch. It's just all very poorly and under-whelmingly wrapped up.
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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 don't mind when all the loose ties aren't wrapped up at the end of a novel. Not everything can be explained or taken care of. I do need the big loose ends to have some sort of conclusion though. I was enjoying Live Through This right up until the very end.

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.
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