Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Live Through This by Mindi Scott

Goodreads Summary : 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.

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : What would you do when you become victim of the person you deeply love?

Sometimes there are books that make you think deeply about the life you are living, and one of those kinds of book is Live Through This. The book is frustratingly beautiful, story of Coley, a girl who is covering her problems under the image of a perfect teen, which is nothing a façade of beautifully crafted lie. When she started going out with Reece, the first real boyfriend she can have, Coley's lies are on the verge of unraveling.

I don’t usually read stories based on issues unless it touches me deeply, like Coley’s story did rend my heart. She is a victim of sexual abuse, carrying shame and fear over the years which she can’t share with anyone, neither can she stop the person because she loves him, but not the torture he is doing on her.

A gut wrenching story, a pain and burden she was carrying herself, Coley’s narration moved me to the core. I finished the book in one sitting; I was practically drowned in the chilling story which is mirror reflection of reality in which many teenage girls are being victimized of unwanted abuse by those known people they trust, they love.

“I don’t know how to fix this, or if it can be fixed. There’s too much to say. Too much I don’t know how to say.”

The problem was Coley didn't know how to react, she didn't know how to protest. Broken in darkness of abuse and harassment she remained silent. Both mentally and physically disturbed Coley’s pain of shame and guilt twisted my heart and brain.
Scott is a skillful author who knows how to wave a story and pull strings of readers’ emotion. She played with my heart as well as brain and left me into deep thought that I’m still wrapping up my mind even after days later I finished the book.

Live Through This is a character driven and incredible of a girl journey and how did she overcome her greatest fear. A courageous novel that is highly recommended for the fans of Thirteen Reasons Why.

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