High school junior Elizabeth Carter is self-confident and outgoing with a bright future. Life is good for Elizabeth, then she meets Brad Evans. To those on the outside, and even to Elizabeth at first, her life gets even better with Brad. Slowly and insidiously, though, Brad takes control of Elizabeth. Is she really as lucky as she thinks she is? What price is she willing to pay to be this popular, charming, attractive senior boy's girlfriend? Is she envied...or pitied? Most importantly, does she have to lose herself in order to be Brad's significant other?
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.36(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Tanya enjoys spending time with her family in the outdoors. She loves to hike, bike, and kayak. She also enjoys the arts and is delighted to live in a city with many diverse venues for music, theater, dance, and the visual arts. Her personal artistic pursuit is the written word. She has published the short story Challenge!, a book review in a national counseling publication, and the novel Losing Elizabeth. She has more novels on the way.
You can visit her website: http://tanyajpeterson.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a must read for girls just begining to explore relationships. The story is told through Elizabeths eyes, about a boyfriend who starts out "loving" and continously showers her with gifts and becomes slowly more controling of her life. The take-over, happening over a period of time, makes it dififcult for Elizbaeth to back away. After I started reading I couldn't put the book down until I knew what happened to Elizabeth. I felt like I knew Elizabeth and followed her step by step through her relationships with family, friends, and her boyfriend. Tanya J. Peterson does an excellent job of writing about abusive relationships and the importance of standing by our friends. I believe this book would be an excellent introduction for a middle or high school lesson on healthy relationships.
This book's subject has been seen, read and heard in a lot of different things. For example, Sarah Dessen wrote about it in Dreamland. As you might already know from the context clues, this book is about abuse in a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship. Elizabeth is a high school junior who can't wait for her junior year in high school. Sounds like some of us (studious types), right? She's a good student who enjoys life to the fullest and likes being on the tennis team. Like some girls, she thinks life is even better when she meets Brad, and he seems interested in her. On the outside, he seems like that 'perfect' boyfriend that almost every girl dreams of. Until he isn't. Elizabeth didn't see the abusing as 'bad' because Brad said he loved her, and she thought it was the complete truth. Now, everybody who's completed high school knows that we all have to go through that movie about abusive relationships and how they're bad. I think that this book should be read in high schools when going over that unit. It was a powerful read that I think would influence a lot of people my age, today (though a lot of them think reading is like being boiled in acid). So, to all of my readers, I think that you all should get a very powerful message from this: Just because someone says they love you, but they keep you away from your goals, and heart you, doesn't mean that they really do love you. Someone who really loved you wouldn't hold you back, wouldn't hurt you, and would understand your feelings on things and take that into account. So, even though this book was on a powerful subject, I found that I liked it, but I don't really like sad books (shh. Keep it a SECRET). But this book still stayed in my good graces because of the important message, so it got a rating of four stars.
This book tells an important story. Author Sarah Dessen has tackled it, in Dreamland, and made for TV film Reviving Ophelia also tackled it. In Losing Elizabeth Peterson puts a slightly different twist on the story, choosing to show how a teenage girl can sometimes get lost in her relationship with her boyfriend. The story is indeed a strong and necessary one. Though it lacks the character-driven aspect that I look for in the books I read ~ the story seems to be happening to Elizabeth, rather than Elizabeth happening to the story. The characters seem somewhat one-dimensional, a little flat. I found it difficult to really care about Elizabeth and her friends because I don't feel as though I really got to explore them, really get into their heads. Brad seems like a caricature of the abuser ~ manipulative, constantly telling Elizabeth she's stupid, not good enough, and crowding out everything in her life that competes for his attention. Still, he did evoke a reaction from me. And did find myself frustrated at the insidiousness of the abuse which I could see as I turned the page, but to which Elizabeth seemed blinded. The story starts off a little slow, until Brad enters the picture and then things start to pick up. I would have liked to see more tension in the story, instead of Elizabeth just giving up and giving in so willingly. I also would have liked to see more resistance against Elizabeth/Brad from her BFF, Meg. I found the story end too quickly, I would have liked to see some kind of sub-plot, like perhaps more about Brad and what he's hiding from Elizabeth. I did find the writing a little awkward and the dialogue somewhat contrived and this is why I gave this book 3 stars, rather than 4 stars.