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Live Through This

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  1,189 ratings  ·  182 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Simon Pulse
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Live Through This was a beautiful achy read which cut me deep with the secrets of Coley’s life. Everyone assumes that Coley has the perfect life, great family and a nice bunch of friends. But for years Coley’s just been barely keeping it together, this facade that she portrays of herself as a strong independent girl is all false and is about to come tumbling around her when she starts getting close for the first time to Reece, a boy from her school.

Live Through This starts off as a mystery novel
{This review was originally published on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.}

There’s something thrilling and even a bit nerve-wracking about reading the second novel by an author whose debut landed squarely on my True Book Love shelf.

It’s thrilling because of the anticipation of hoping that book magic will happen all over again.

Mindi Scott’s 2010 debut, Freefall, is a book I love dearly (Laura’s review pretty much nails it) so I have been eagerly anticipating Live Through This. It received a starred rev
Feb 17, 2013 Jessica rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Sexual abuse is a subject that should be handled tactfully and with empathy, and I felt that this story fell short for me. While I can see the vision Mindi Scott had for this novel, a story about sexual abuse coming from someone you love and trust, Coley's view of the world is so incredibly warped and not in a genuine way. There's no healing in this book, which I think is an important part of this kind of YA novel.

Coley is a seemingly typical high school sophomore with boy trouble, best friend f
Bayan Basri
This book is definitely not one of my favorites. It was very rushed, and none of the characters are introduced properly. It's like Coley's getting a ride from Reece. Who is he? How does she know him? Why is he giving her a ride?. No idea. That even happens with the main character Nicole (or Coley), you don't get to know about her life except throughout the book you get little tid bits and stuff that is casually mentioned but never explored. Also I didn't connect with Coley or understood the deci ...more
Ginger (GReads!)
Originally posted at GReads:

This book deals with a very tough subject: sexual abuse. But it's not the type of abuse you see flashed across the headlines or even think of when someone mentions those two gut-wrenching words. This form of sexual abuse is the kind that begins in a place of trust, love and loyalty. It evolves in to a form of confusion, betrayal and utter disbelief. I have never read a story that's been told this way. The idea that this actuall
Justin Ordoñez
Managed to get my hands on Live Through This a little bit early. I read it over a weekend and really got caught up in it. I think I just like the stories Mindi writes. They're straight-forward human dramas where the plot deals with the inter-connectivity of the characters and not space aliens or super powers or the like. Those are the kind of books I just find myself gravitating to time and time again, and if those are the type of books you like to read, I think you're gonna have yourself a more ...more
Hannah (The Irish Banana Review)
Can I first offer a huge standing ovation to Mindi Scott for tackling such a sensitive issue? A lot of authors would avoid subjects like incest, domestic abuse and domestic rape, but Scott took a huge risk here and wrote about it in Live Through This.

That being said, I felt this book simply wasn’t long enough for everything going on inside. There was the sexual abuse, a burgeoning love story, a feud with a former-best friend, and a whole mess of family dynamics. There were a lot of sub-plots and
Review originally posted on my blog

Live Through This by Mindi Scott is an unbelievably stunning, heartbreaking story. I am amazed by Mindi Scott’s storytelling capabilities – I can’t even imagine writing a story like this and still being able to include the beautiful, fun, light moments in such a perfect way.

Because Live Through This is an important and upsetting book. Sexual abuse is something that happens entirely too often, and the way Mindi Scott tell

Should I say that she's faking her way through high school? Consider that she's in the running for captain, with a couple of really good girl friends as well as that budding romance with one you’d not expect~ all the makings of a sweet YA contemp. This isn’t. A sweet YA contemporary, I mean. From page one, it’s obvious she’s living with this dark thing in her life, it’s the same thing that has her emotions all mixed up… on one hand feeling thing then on the other feeling something else.

Live Through This follows the life of Coley Sterling. Coley is the girl we all wish we could’ve been. She is attractive, her family is financially secure, she is a member of the school’s dance team, and she is in the midst of a budding romance. However, this book embodies the quote, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.”

Someone who is closely integrated into Coley’s life is sexual assaulting her. We find this out within the first chapter of the book in a very graphic scene. This may be off-putting
Oct 09, 2012 Shannon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who appreciates a moving contemporary story
Wow. Mindi Scott floors me with her talent. Her novels are so layered and complex - just so real. Her first book FREEFALL is one of my very favorite reads, not just in YA, but in the universe of fiction. I was afraid she wouldn't be able to live up to such a fantastic first novel, but LIVE THROUGH THIS was incredible in its own right.

There's a period in the beginning where the reader is in the dark, having an idea but not really knowing for sure so you may think the plot isn't moving fast enoug
Tiffany (About to Read)
Live Through This is one of those stories that will stay with me forever. I was expecting a psychological thriller about a girl who weaved a web of lies, and well, it was psychological—but not in a way that I ever would have imagined.

While the jacket description is true to the story, it really doesn’t prepare you for what’s inside. The author’s note at the beginning of the ARC did prepare me, however, and I’m glad it did. Knowing that this story involves an abusive relationship didn’t ruin it fo
Rating: 2.5 Stars

I have very mixed feelings when it comes to Live Through This, but my most overwhelming emotion is simply disappointment. There is no denying that Scott's sophomore novel is a struggle to get through, full of emotion and nuanced writing that truly brings to light the psychological horrors of abuse, but at the same time, it could have been so much more. When the novel begins, Coley experiences a shocking moment – one that she wishes she shared with a boyfriend instead of her abus
Okay, this book left me frustrated to no end. At the beginning I was sooooo confused. I understood the events, but I felt as if nothing major was happening. I felt this way for the majority of this book. I don't know if that makes sense, but I don't know how else to explain it. I also thought that the ENTIRE book was crazy rushed. All of the "major events" occured about 50% in the book, and because of this they happened at a very very fast pace. I didn't like that too much. And another thing, wh ...more
Liz (Consumed by Books)
As we all know, when April from Good Books and Good Wine recommends a book, I will purchase it almost immediately afterwards. I had been hesitant to try Mindi Scott’s books because they just didn’t look like something that would satisfy me in terms of literary quality, but I bumped this one to the top of my TBR pile. Live Through This tackles a difficult subject reasonably successfully, but overall I just thought it needed more.

To me, Coley read like a girl who could exist in any suburban, uppe
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 crus
Liza Wiemer
Live Through This was recommended to me by Melissa Montovani of YA Bookshelf. She warned me that it would be a tough book, but well worth it. And she was right. I knew to expect something serious, but I had no idea it was going to be quite like this. Mindi Scott did a good job keeping the reader guessing and building up the intensity of the situation. SPOILER ALERT: DON'T READ FURTHER UNLESS YOU WANT TO: This novel deals with sexual abuse and incest. It's tough, it's important, it's graphic. But ...more
What a beautiful novel. It seems so often when books and TV and movies deal with abuse, they focus on the message. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that--there is an important message to get out there--but that approach so often simplifies the emotions, the reality. What I thought was so amazing about Mindi's novel is how real it felt. Mindi just had this perfect pitch handling of Coley's emotions. I loved Mindi's first novel, _Freefall_ but now reading this one it's like I had seen a magic ...more
Marla Mei
this makes me want to go back to writing reviews and explain more how much i hate that the author failed to work with this one and truly hone its potential to be a great novel. sigh.
I hated this book so much! I hated every single character, mostly Reece and Coley. My gosh I hated them all!!!!!!!!!!! I only liked Noah and Emma and Jacob and Zach, the others were just plain dumb. The relationship between Reece and Coley was too rushed. Coley also was so stupid and insecure with her decisions, like seriously if your brother is doing that to you do something! Don't just cry in a corner, HONESTLY! This book lacked suspense, romance, and mystery. Heck, this book lacked EVERYTHING ...more
Caylee Michaels
This book was so good, I didn't expect what was going on and it made me really think about how stuff like sexual abuse changes us and carries on to the rest of our lives. I loved the questions that the narrator put forth and how she challenged us to feel certain things and think about our notions of how it happens and what people feel like.

I didn't like the ending but it's just because I wanted more of a resolution than I got. I love this author so much.
I'm giving this book 3 stars not because it wasn't beautifully written and a heartbreaking story, but because it made me feel kind of sick and I just can't personally award it any more stars. I commend the author for touching on such a taboo subject, but she did it so well that this book greatly disturbed me.

This book opens up with a pretty explicit act of sexual abuse, but we don't find out who caused it until about halfway through the book. (view spoiler)
I'm really not sure how to rate this book. Read it with my heart in my throat and was grateful the book was short enough for a one swoop read. I hated the story on so many levels because of the subject, but at the same time, books like these do need to be written. This one needed more depth to the trauma at hand though.

Not particularly thrilled with the writing, but that happens when I bounce back and forth between adult & YA fiction. This book kept my attention, and the last 50 pages or so really made it worth while. I'd recommend it if you're looking for something a little messed up to read.
I have no words really. This is an extraordinary novel. Painful and lovely moments are both so well conveyed that I found myself in tears several times. I also finished this in like 3 hours and now it's 5am so I'm emotionally spent. Forgive this weepy review.
Nov 09, 2012 Tia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Loved turner....completely engrossing.....cute romance....made me cry....real life issues. A read for everyone. Mindi did an excellent job with this sensitive hidden-swept under the rug topic.
Live Through this is a novel about a girl, Coley, tackling her first romance, complicated friendships and a dysfunctional family. She keeps up the facade of having the perfect life while having to deal with one particular demon.

This book is about sexual abuse, which is clear from the first page, but it is a mystery for the first chunk as to who the culprit is.

Mindi Scott does a great job at diving into the daunting side of sexual abuse not many dare to talk about. What if it isn't a stranger, an
Shaun Hutchinson
Wow. Just Wow. This is one powerful book. It delivers real punches without ever teetering into melodrama.

Books like this are what YA is all about.
This was a good book. It had me crying at times.
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Author of LIVE THROUGH THIS and FREEFALL (Pulse/Simon & Schuster) and co-author of the forthcoming FAR FROM US (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins).

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If you'd like to get into contact with me, please email me at mindirochelle at gmail dot com.
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“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.” 14 likes
“Reece keeps trying to put the pieces back together without having any idea what’s causing me to break.” 8 likes
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