When a relationship trespasses the boundaries of trust, the consequences are complex in this nuanced page-turner from “a formidable talent” (Booklist).
If Coley Sterling’s best friend would stop hating her, if her dance-team captains would lighten up, if her friends would stop asking her about Reece, the geeky sax player she’s crushing on—then her life would be perfect. Right? After all, Coley’s stepdad is a successful attorney who gives Coley and her siblings everything, and her mother will stop at nothing to keep them all happy and safe—including having escaped ten years ago from the abuse of Coley’s real father.
But Coley is keeping a lot of secrets. She won’t admit—not even to herself—that her almost-perfect life is her own carefully crafted façade. Now, Coley and Reece are getting closer, and a decade’s worth of Coley’s lies are on the verge of unraveling—along with the life she thought she knew.
|Product dimensions:||5.62(w) x 8.06(h) x 0.82(d)|
|Age Range:||14 Years|
About the Author
Mindi Scott is the author of Freefall and Live Through This. She lives near Seattle, Washington, with her drummer husband in a house with a non-soundproof basement. Visit her at MindiScott.com.
Read an Excerpt
Live Through This
I’m on my bed, under the covers, and my boyfriend is kissing my neck. He lifts my shirt, lowers his face. My heart is beating, beating, beating. I want him to do more, go further. I don’t tell him—I don’t say anything at all—but he figures it out and slides his hand way down. My whole body is on fire in the best possible way. Especially there. Right there. I tug on his boxers and he sighs.
I start awake.
A hint of cologne. Soft breathing. Darkness. It’s real. This is all happening. But not with the imaginary boyfriend from my dream.
My hands, my arms, my frame go limp. His fingers keep doing what they’re doing. Soon this will be over. I keep my eyes shut and hold my breath while the wave builds and builds and builds and builds and then—the wonderful, terrible crash.
It doesn’t matter that I tried not to tense up; he knows. Somehow, he’s always been able to tell. Gently, he kisses my cheek. Then he stands, straightens my blankets, and closes the door behind him.
I press my pillow onto my face and wish that it were possible to suffocate myself.
What People are Saying About This
"Live Through This is by turns harrowing, sad, funny, and romantic. I couldn't put it down."
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A harrowing read, but beautiful
Ask your therapist before reading this book,I'm a victim of multiple trauma and in my 30's and this was a VERY difficult read for me,it brought back ALOT but aside from that it i an eloquently written beautiful book about a SURVIVOR a girl who doesn't give up,NOONE should
I would not recommend the book Live Through This. I enjoyed reading it, and it gave me something to do but I do not think it was anything special. I felt the plot was a little unrealistic and just did not really make a lot of sense. I think it is probably interesting for some teenagers but not me. The writing was passable and the content was lacking. I also believe that the story was longer than it needed to be and kind of just went on and on. There was never time where I felt the pain the character felt or felt the happiness the character felt. I think the author definitely could have used better words and emotions throughout the story to make it more interesting. I am not saying that reading this book was a waste of my time, I just think it could have been better. I would not recommend this book because it does not leave you on the edge of your seat. The suspense is not there, the feelings are not there, and the plot just does not give you enough. I thought that the story had potential and Scott just did not execute it well enough. The beginning of the story had a great plot but towards the end it became disconnected. I would not recommend this book because you do not learn anything and cannot connect to the story.
Totally and completely a "problem book." No clear resolution, and little to no character development. I liked her other book. This one's ending alone made it a waste of money.
it's a quick-read for teens. it could have been written a lot better. i was dissatisfied with it, especially after such good reccommendations from friends.