Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Review: Live Through This by Mindi Scott


Sometimes hiding the truth requires more than a lie . . .

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 from the annoying drama. Plus, she has a great family to fall back on—with a stepdad and mom who would stop at nothing to keep her and her siblings happy and safe.

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 fa├žade. That for years she’s been burying the shame and guilt over a relationship that crossed the line. Now, Coley and Reece are getting closer, and as Coley has the chance at her first real boyfriend, a decade’s worth of lies are on the verge of unraveling.

Mindi Scott offers an absorbing, layered glimpse into the life of an everygirl living a nightmare that no one would suspect in this unforgettable powerhouse of a novel.


Publication date: October 2nd 2012 by Simon Pulse

The Elliott Review:

This book takes a sensitive subject and deals with it in an incredibly intelligent, sensitive, and realistic way. Coley keeps the secret of the inappropriate relationship she has against her will while on the side maintaining what appears to be a perfectly normal and perfectly good life, with the people closest to her having no idea as to what is going on. Coley is in denial, forcing herself to believe that nothing really horrible or bad is happening to her.

Yet on a family ski trip when her crush comes to visit, it becomes completely obvious to her that she can't continue living this way even has she has no idea how to get out of the cycle she has been placed in. Everything in her normal life begins to spiral out of control once she accepts that she can't live this way. She has to open up to someone about 

This is a very important, very well done book that chills you with its premise and chillingly realistic prose.

Young Adult Notes:

Sexual abuse - incest, teen drinking, language.

Source: The Teen {Book} Scene

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