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The Gifted Ones

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Lisa was conservatively raised in a Catholic family in no-where middle America, where excitement is scarce and dreams are for sleeping. Little did she know, at age thirteen, she would suddenly find herself on a totally different path. Through an unlikely chance meeting of a fellow classmate, she's surprisingly mesmerized, almost consumed, to befriend a girl who is ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by Createspace
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Aug 20, 2011 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
This book was such a refreshing read for me. I rarely read memoirs or works of non-fiction, so the poignant honestly of this novel was such a nice break from the norm. Lisa Vaughn definitely lived a life worth writing about, and her insight into the experiences she had are so revealing. I had never looked at love the way it happened with her. The idea that you could be a straight woman, and spend years loving another woman and being with her, was never something that I would have thought ...more
Bending The Bookshelf
Jun 29, 2011 Bending The Bookshelf rated it liked it
Shelves: lesbian, biography
Lisa's story starts at age 13, when she finds herself falling in love with Selina, a 'cool' girl from the wrong side of the tracks. More soul-mates than lovers, their relationship starts out as that of two friends, with a closeness bordering on obsession, before escalating after a chance kiss. They make a wonderful couple (not in an after-school-special kind of way, but a real, warm, human kind of way), so much so that their struggles against parents, teachers, and society somewhat blinds us to ...more
Iris Blobel
Sep 30, 2011 Iris Blobel rated it really liked it
Lisa Vaughn sent me a copy of her story for an honest opinion. I first of all, though, would like to apologies to Lisa for taking so long to read it. Life has just been busy and it had nothing to do with the content of this book!

It wasn't the first memoir I've read, but admittedly the first memoir by a person I don't know and had never heard of. So I was a bit hesitant to accept the book. For me my private life is just that, private - okay, as much as you can keep things private when you're tryi
Jun 13, 2011 Louise rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs
Thirteen-year-old Lisa learned early in her life the disturbing, gut-wrenching pain betrayal brings when it first hits you. After being summoned to the kitchen one day and told to take a seat by her parents, Peggy and Larry, Lisa saw the betrayal fly past her and slam down on the table in front of her, sitting there like a beacon with flashing lights calling all parental misery to stand before her. “What in the HELL is this?!”, her mother screamed. Lisa knew she was in deep, deep trouble – it ...more
Jun 12, 2011 Nessa rated it it was amazing
I have issues with reviewing memoirs. So much so that I almost turned this book away at first. I think there is a lot of pressure to try and enjoy a memoir because it is actually the story of someone's life. If you don't like the book...was their life not good enough? Were thier hardships not entertaining enough to keep you interested? Was their story not heartfelt enough to make you tear up? These are the thoughts that go through my mind when I read a book about someone else's life. I can't ...more
Aug 03, 2011 Toni rated it it was amazing
Shelves: misc-rrc-s
I can tell you straight off, I was nervous about reviewing a memoir. I have never been interested in reading them or any other forms of non-fiction. So after reading the summary and other reviews of this particular story I was intrigued.

Lisa Vaughn has penned a wonderful account of a special time of her life. The Gifted Ones centers on her experience with life’s greatest gift – our first true love. She took me on a journey I didn’t expect, but enjoyed immensely.

The story begins for Ms. Vaughn at
Ressa Empbra
Aug 05, 2011 Ressa Empbra rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Ressa by: Mera's YA Book List, I won it in her contest!
Having never read a memoir in my life, I was skeptical when I saw that The Gifted Ones was just that. I felt that way until about the first page! Lisa Vaughn is witty, funny, quick, happy, sad, and every other emotion under the sun.

As I followed along Lisa's life journey, I was able to relate to so much of her story. At least as far as the things us kids did and went through back in the 60's, 70's, even some in the 80's; it pleasantly took me back. I've read hundreds of books that made me laugh,
Sandrine Geller
Sep 19, 2011 Sandrine Geller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Back Cover:

Have you ever been so in love that your daily breath depended upon one another?
Have you ever been pushed to unfathomable limits just to defend your beliefs?
Have you ever been made to feel like the underbelly of society?
Have you ever been thirteen?
Well I have, and this is my story.

Inside Look:

Lisa was a 13 year old girl, living in a stern Catholic home. Lisa met Selina in class and they became instantly drawn to together. They were to embark on a journey that would alter their lives f
Jul 19, 2011 Natalie rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts:

I haven' t had the opprutunity yet to read a memoirs, let alone review it, I wasn't really sure what to expect, and really how do you rate someones life experiences. So again I went outside my comfort zone and started to read this book. Again I was truly surprised, as this book captivated me from page one. Lisa being born the eldest child to a old fashion, strict, Catholic set of parents if that wasn't enough, lets add growing up in the 70's and 80's where lots of people kept certai
Carly Wallace
Aug 09, 2011 Carly Wallace rated it it was amazing
The Gifted Ones by Lisa Vaughn Hi y'all Anne here and I've just finished reading The Gifted Ones by Lisa Vaughn. First off I wanna say I've never read a memoir before and now I wonder why I haven't because it was awe inspiring. To get a peek into someones private life is truly a gift.
I loved this book, I felt a sense of truth in it that must have been not only scary but painful to write. Sharing a part of your life is hard enough but sharing those kinds of secrets even in today's society can make people talk. Lisa has weav
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Aug 10, 2011 Tee loves Kyle Jacobson rated it it was amazing
Warning: This Memoir had me laughing at times and in tears at times. This is a must read about love, loss and everything in between.

My Rating: 5 of 5

My Cover Thoughts: I love the broken chain links. To me it showed me a sign that if a strong link chain can be broken anything can.
My Thoughts/Review: I had no idea what this book was going to mean to me. I have never read a memoir on my own but for school I have. This is a story about true love and loss. This is a journey through Lisa’s eyes, as sh
May 11, 2011 RYCJ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-keepers
The interesting thing here is the bare premise of this story being a universal experience. I imagine there is not one person who would not identify with what it feels like falling in love for the very first time; what makes this account (in its own right) uniquely appealing and a real page-turner.

Lisa's voice is distinct...her recall growing up in a rural town, hailing from the average middle-class Catholic American family, and falling in love with her best friend during a time when same gender
I have never read a memoir before, let alone review it, so I didn't know what to expect...

Lisa was a 13 year old girl from a small town in Indiana, raised by strict catholic parents, a mundane and predictable life, and was about to emabark on a journey that would alter her life completely and forever. She was falling in love........ with Selina, her best friend.

Selina had a tough exterior, cool style, was charming and confident capturing Lisa's attention from the start, surprised by her reaction
Sep 28, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it
I really didn't know what to make of this book. After I was finished reading it, I had to step back for a few weeks and ruminate on it. It's kind of like letting spaghetti sauce simmer all day so the flavors can all blend together. I've decided I liked it!

I didn't have trouble reading about homosexual love so much as I did that it started so young. Thirteen is such a tender age to be engaged in any kind of sexual relationship that my brain has a hard time dealing with it. But, this is Lisa's sto
Liss Martz
Jul 15, 2011 Liss Martz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks-kindle
This is my first autobiographical book I've read. Honestly, I loved it. I'm one of those people who like to watch what's going around, and wanting to know more about everything. How many times have I stared at someone and wonder how his/her life has been so far?
It's interesting to hear, or read, the story of someone. Not only because it's exciting to know how things went at different times that we live, but also the situation they been through, and how they handled it. Let you see mistakes made,
Jul 09, 2012 Kim rated it liked it
Shelves: lesbian-romance
This book is a solid 3 stars and I would never originally have thought to give it more, but something about this book keeps me pondering. Maybe it should get a 4th star for that.
On the surface it is a personal memoir of young love and bitter-sweet reminiscence. It showcases all the classic issues that disrupt relationships; parental issues, lack of personal and financial stability in society, the self absorption of youth, jealousy, but in the end we discover that we alone are responsible for the
Mar 12, 2012 Ghostleegirl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was written from the heart and very enjoyable. I was able to relate to the author and many of the things that she went through with her parents. In many ways I could have sworn she was talking about my parents and I could almost hear my own mother saying many of the the things that her mother said in the book!

Although my life was nothing at all like the authors life, it was a wonderful, heart warming and heart wrenching read. The people in the book came alive and it almost
Sep 29, 2012 T rated it really liked it
I read this a while ago, but what i remember most about it is heartbreak. probably why i never wrote a true review for it. It is clearly a well written novel and places you firmly into the hearts and souls of these girl as they become women. But in that journey, you also witness the struggles they have endured to be true to themselves and follow their love with ferocity. It's a coming of age story, as well as a story of the struggles that one faces with love and relationships in general. I ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
May 18, 2011 Meg - A Bookish Affair rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir, 2011
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Doreen McGettigan
Aug 30, 2011 Doreen McGettigan rated it it was amazing
I so related to this story. I could not stop reading.
Mar 08, 2014 Carol rated it liked it
The Gifted Ones is a memoir of love and self discovery, of loss and deeper self discovery. The author grew up in Catholic family in the 1970s in--as she describes it--`no-where middle America.' At 13 years old, she becomes enamored with a classmate and we see the highs and lows of their six-year relationship, including sex, drugs, partying, and all imaginable risky behavior. The writing is fast paced, detailed and blunt. The author was not afraid to tell it all and I applaud her bravery.

The mos
Brian M.
Jan 19, 2012 Brian M. rated it it was amazing
Review of “The Gifted Ones” by Lisa Vaughn
I do not review books. I write them. I sometimes share them with my fellow writers. Last fall, Lisa and I swapped books. From the moment she proclaimed herself “Lisa The Great” I was hooked. By the time I finished the book, I felt compelled to share my experience with Lisa Vaughn. Lisas’ story is a coming of age memoir of a young girl growing up in middle America. Her relationship with her stern and usually religious parents unfolds before us. The trials
Melissa Haggerty
Feb 12, 2012 Melissa Haggerty rated it really liked it
The Gifted Ones by Lisa Vaughn was a beautiful memoir of a girl's journey to find love and who she truly is.

Lisa lived in a typical small town in the Midwest while she was growing up. She was raised Catholic. Lisa found herself in a constant power struggle with her mother, but she and her younger sister were overall well behaved children with two typical parents. Dad working outside the home, mom raising the children and keeping up the house.

When Lisa was in Junior High she met Selena and so b
Kathy Hall
Nov 07, 2011 Kathy Hall rated it it was amazing
The title says it all and I cannot give it away here. Suffice it to say that the story of Lisa's love affair with her best friend and soul mate Selina is tumultuous, gripping and so completely easy to identify with. It reaches far beyond the subject of a same gender love to what makes all of us love another and what makes all of us become different people who we started out to be.

I read this very slowly. Some books I flip pages like crazy, hungry for the ending. Others, like Lisa's, I take into
Jul 01, 2012 Dawn rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012, e-book
As a fan of memoir I chose this book thinking it would be a good story of overcoming your past. Lisa Vaughn told a witty story but left some wrapping up in the end. It didn't seem finished.
Also, the numerous grammatical errors made it difficult to read.
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I'm a self-proclaimed hippie chick that enjoys living easy with a beach in my background. An artist practically from birth, I am always looking for a creative outlet to express myself... 'The Gifted Ones' just happens to be my latest creation in self expression. "I'm just a chick with a story...everyone has one, this just happens to be mine."
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