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Live Through This Hardcover – October 2, 2012
To All the Boys I've Loved Before
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them - all at once? Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. Until the one day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control. Paperback | Kindle book
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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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Please visit her online at MindiScott.com.
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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.
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.Read more ›
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 ›
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?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Torey White
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 21 months ago 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 24 months ago by Sue Holmes @Crushingcinders
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. Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by Britt R.
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