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Love You More: The Taylor Behl Story Hardcover – November 7, 2006

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About the Author

Janet Pelasara has become an advocate for victims' rights, speaking out on behalf of Parents of Murdered Children, Violence Against Women, and other organizations. She is also working part-time for the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. She lives in Vienna, Virginia.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1St Edition edition (November 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061145955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061145957
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,787,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Let me admit upfront that I had never heard about the Taylor Behl case. I saw this book and based upcon the inside flap I picked it up. I have myself a 17 yr. old daughter who will be going off to college next year, and I am worried about it too.

In "Love You More: The Taylor Behl Story" (223 pages), the author Janet Pelasara (mother of Taylor Behl) brings the devastating and heartbreaking story of her only child's murder at the hand of a deranged older guy, only weeks after her daughter goes of to college. In the early part of the book, Pelasara recounts the earlier times of their lives, including a 5 year move to Europe in her second marriage. After that, the book shifts to the devastating events. While it never is made clear (and nobody really knows, not even the police) what exactly happened on the tragic evening that lead to the murder of her daughter, Pelasara shares her inner-most thoughts and it's impossible not to feel for her and wanting to reach out for her.

Pelasara makes various comments about the dangers of teenagers displaying their profile and thoughts on popular internet sites like MySpace and FaceBook, and I can only share those concerns, as a dad. This book is a very easy read, yet a devastating one. My heart and prayers go out to Janet Pelasara, and I hope and pray I will not face her tragedy ever myself.
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Let me first say that it is tragic what happened to Taylor. She didn't deserve to have such a terrible death. She also didn't deserve to have the most selfish mother I've ever read about. Where to start? Her terrible behavior right back at her first husband? Moving her daughter overseas with no thought of the relationship with her father. Flitting from one guy to another? Let's go back earlier where she writes that she left her 18-month old daughter on the front porch while she went inside to do dishes, and Taylor wandered over to the neighbors. Or, how she involved her daughter in the arguments about child support? This poor kid. Then, after Taylor goes missing, all Janet can write about is HERSELF - how she gave M&M's to a hotel staff who was "down on her luck." How she did a "happy dance" when donations came in (what?!). How she screamed at Taylor's dad to "F-off" when he was upset that he wasn't told that Taylor's car was found (selfish). She is a nightmare. I can hardly finish this book (one chapter left) because of how poorly-written and self-serving it is to JANET. Save yourself the time, and just google about Taylor. This woman is insane.
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I just finished reading this book and was surprised by a few things. First of all the mother, Janet, writes about knowing everything about her daughter, Taylor, and that they were friends. Being the Mother of two daughters, I know that I do not know everything about them, and I am not their friend in the true sense of the word, I am their Mother. Also, Janet goes on to describe the food at the hotel, how much she slept, and that she did NOT attend the vigil that people had for her daughter while she was missing. What Mom, knowing that her daughter is missing, writes about eating, sleeping, and NOT going to a vigil for your daughter? If my daughter was missing, I would be all over the place looking for her and doing what I could to find her. It almost seems like she was relying on other people to find her daughter. As for telling her dauther's killer, who happened to be 20 years older than her, 'take care of her'. NO! I am sorry but I would definitely have expressed my concern to my daughter about hanging out with a man 20 years older than her. Her daughter was only 17. Although I feel so bad for Taylor and Taylor's family, I was left with so many questions regarding the behavior of Taylor's mother. I think she seems selfish and she should have left well enough alone and just be content with Taylor's memory. Very disturbed by the book and would not recommend it, especially if you have daughters of your own.
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This is not the sort of book I tend to read, and I felt like a voyeur for the entire 223 pages. It is a heartbreaking story to be sure; but more than that, it is an unsettling peek into the broken-down soul of a mother who is clearly too close to her loss to write about it effectively.

I'm certain that Ms. Pelasara had the best of intentions in writing her story -Taylor's story - but what she has created is a bitter and sad testament to her daughter's life. After recounting her daughter's early years, filled with the instability of domestic turmoil in her marriage to Taylor's father, her second marriage and divorce, and numerous relocations in several European countries, Ms. Pelasara tries, with little success, to determine just why her daughter might have made the choices she did that lead to her terrible death. She points fingers at Taylor's father, Taylor's college, and at the man who was ultimately convicted of killing Taylor, but to the last page of the book refuses to look upon her own parenting and the lack of stability in Taylor's childhood for answers. Her attitude leaves the reader with a very unsettled feeling about when and whether parents of high-profile crime victims should share their stories in this manner. Authors like Frank Deford, John Walsh, and even Otto Frank have been able to take the tragedy of their childrens' too-brief lives and turn them into something valuable for the world to learn from and be moved by -- but, they wisely took time to heal before doing so.

Adding to the unpleasantness is Regan Books lackluster publishing work. As another reviewer mentioned, the book is, unfortunately, rife with proofreading and typesetting errors that are embarrassing, to say the least, and give the book the feel of quickie, true-crime exploitation piece. Taylor Behl really deserves a better written legacy.
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