Live Through This
By Mindi Scott
Publication date: Oct. 2, 2012
Simon Pulse, 304 pages
Source: Borrowed from Ginger — thanks, G!
From the outside, Coley Sterling’s life seems pretty normal . . . whatever that means. It’s not perfect—her best friend is seriously mad at her and her dance team captains keep giving her a hard time—but Coley’s adorable, sweet crush Reece helps distract her. Plus, she has a great family to fall back on—with a mom and stepdad who would stop at nothing to keep her siblings and her happy.
But Coley has a lot of secrets. She won’t admit—not even to herself—that her almost-perfect life is her own carefully-crafted façade. That for years she’s been burying the shame and guilt over a relationship that crossed the line. Now that Coley has the chance at her first real boyfriend, a decade’s worth of lies are on the verge of unraveling.
In this unforgettable powerhouse of a novel, Mindi Scott offers an absorbing, layered glimpse into the life of an everygirl living a nightmare that no one would suspect.
— Goodreads.com description
Oh my gosh, Mindi Scott, you just slayed me with words.
Earlier this year, I read her book Freefall and got really mad at myself for waiting so long to read such a beautiful story. Okay, well, ditto for Live Through This. Lesson learned! Mindi, I love you!
Live Through This is a heartbreaking, powerful and (unfortunately) all-too-real book about a young woman’s experiences with sexual abuse. It was a difficult read, but Coley’s story moved me so much that I had a hard time putting it down. I stayed up far past my bedtime until I got to the last page, tears in my eyes and unable to sleep for quite some time after. It really affected me — which I think is a sign of a great piece of literature.
Live Through This is an unforgettable must-read for teens.