Thu, April 18, 2013

Live Through This by Mindi Scott Review

Live Through This book cover

Live Through This book cover

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.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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6 Comments

  1. Amanda @ Vivalabooks said:

    Sexual abuse is a hard topic to read about, but I think I definitely want to give Live Through This a try. It sounds like a book about the harshness of reality and I think it’d be an interesting read.

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  2. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    This topic is never easy to read about, but I think Mindi portrayed it in a way that makes you really feel for Coley. I had so many emotions while reading it. So glad you’re a Mindi Scott fan!

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  3. Estelle said:

    So glad you were as moved and addicted to the text as I was. I still have Freefall sitting in my pile, and maybe will read it after my current book? I’ve been holding on to it way too long, and I need to remember how awesome Mindi is!

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  4. Alexa Y. said:

    I’m really nervous about reading this book, because I feel like it’s going to break my heart. However, I am eager to experience Mindi’s writing for myself so I may have to give it a try.

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  5. Tara said:

    Such a heartbreaking story, but so well done!

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  6. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas said:

    This really does sound hearbreaking. I tend to stay away from books with sexual abuse but I might try this one out eventually.

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