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Losing Elizabeth

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  28 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
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 t ...more
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Published April 25th 2012 by CreateSpace
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Paige Bradish
May 06, 2015 Paige Bradish rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviwed
I received Losing Elizabeth by Tanya J. Peterson, from the publisher and this is my honest review.

Losing Elizabeth is about a girl named Elizabeth who is a high school student. She is very successful in school, and is a tennis star. She seems to have everything she could ever want until Brad Evans walked into her life.

Many of you are probably wondering why it took me so long to finish this book and I’m going to tell you. It’s not because it’s bad but because of the abuse. There was so much abus
Sandra Stiles
Aug 12, 2013 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing
I think all teens, both boys and girls should read this book. Boyfriend, Girlfriend abuse is something that is often ignored by both teens and adults alike. In this book Elizabeth is a junior in high school. She is excited that Brad, the captain of the football team seems interested in her. When his former girlfriend comes up to her and tries to talk with her about Brad, she just assumes the former girlfriend wants him back. She could not be more wrong. Everything seems to go along fine for a wh ...more
May 20, 2012 Brianne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pending-reviews
Losing Elizabeth is about high school junior, Elizabeth. Elizabeth is ready to start a great junior year. She is an excellent outgoing student who enjoys being on the tennis team. Elizabeth thinks her year is getting even better when she meets Brad. On the outside, Brad is the picture perfect boyfriend that all of the girls wish they had. Elizabeth soon discovers that Brad isn't so perfect.

Losing Elizabeth is a powerful read that needs to be in every high school. Tanya J. Peterson did an excelle
Review originally posted at Doodle's Book Blog

Upon reading the summary, I was intrigued and looking forward to reading Losing Elizabeth. However, after reading a few chapters I was counting down the pages to the finish line. While it wasn't a great read for me, it wasn't a horrible one either. Tanya J. Peterson touched on a subject that I've read about in a number of other books, but with a slightly different take.

Elizabeth is a great tennis player, a wonderful friend, and willing to try new th
Laurie Carlson
This is a short book, only 147 pages, but it sure packs a punch!
When we first meet Elizabeth Carter, she is in the hospital, she is just waking up from being unconscious. This is a good sign, but the injuries are so very severe, what happened? A blow to the head hard enough to knock her unconscious long enough to be transported to the hospital and get her stabilized. Once her parents arrived she starts to wake up. This was a very good sign. Although, after waking up, she did not feel so good. Sh
Jun 28, 2012 Leah rated it it was ok
Elizabeth is starting what she hopes to be the best junior year ever. She made the varsity tennis team which is not that common for a junior. Unfortunately, her best friend, Meg, just missed the cut and is only on junior varsity. However, everything is overshadowed by one guy wanting to date her--the captain of the football team, Brad.

Ecstatic, Elizabeth accepts a date with Brad. He becomes her boyfriend. She's dating the captain of the football team! What could be better? This is every girl's d
Cierra (The Book Lover's Report)
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 li
Allana Kephart
Sep 02, 2012 Allana Kephart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who don't mind very-very-very-fast stories
***I saw my old review of this and died a little on the inside- Lame. Short. Ick. Not helpful at all. So I'm rewriting it again.***

When I read the summary for Losing Elizabeth, I was immediately drawn in. I have a very big issue when girls turn into completely different people so their boyfriend loves them. I've seen it happen and it makes me angry. And I've never found a book that centers on just that issue, so when I saw this, I was very excited to give it a try.

When I started reading, howeve
Roxanne Sukhan
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 th ...more
Jessica (Stuck in Books)
Actual Rating: 2.5 stars

This review was first posted on my blog, Just a Booklover

Losing Elizabeth is one of those books that tackles an important topic--abusive relationships. On the level of focusing on this topic throughout the whole book, this story was very well written. As far as telling a riveting story that I didn't want to put down, Losing Elizabeth did fall somewhat short.

First, I want to focus on all the wonderful things about this story, because there are many. Tanya has written a ve
Mar 17, 2013 Lesley rated it really liked it
Elizabeth Carter, high school junior and upcoming star on the varsity tennis team, has high aspirations for becoming an engineer after college. All is going well,until she begins a relationship with football star Brad Evans. To the world, Brad seems like he is a great catch, but his ex-girlfriend Sarah knows the truth, that once you start dating him, he becomes controlling and abusive. Elizabeth is still so excited about being in a relationship with Brad that she doesn't realize that he's contro ...more
May 21, 2012 Darlene rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Women
Recommended to Darlene by: BookRooster
This is a must read for all females! And maybe a must read for ALL who are of dating age. No one should have to go through what Elizabeth went through. If you feel you aren't respected it isn't love that is coming your way. Though not all of us are A students to begin with, many are not into sports or other activities', don't let someone else tell you what you can't do.

Read the book and see the signs of a control freak and signs you are losing yourself.

The book is well written. The dialogue felt
May 18, 2012 Anna rated it it was ok
Probably one of the better self-published titles I've been given to review, but could definitely have used the hands of a professional editor. Full review to come.
Joy Wells
Apr 18, 2013 Joy Wells rated it it was amazing
The story is very true to life. I truly hate the boyfriend character for his subtle overtaking of Elizabeth in
soul, body, spirit. Thank you Tanya for this story.
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Tanya J Peterson ...: What's the line between love and control? 3 3 Aug 14, 2016 03:14PM  
With credentials as a Nationally Certified Counselor and personal experience with mental health care, novelist and columnist Tanya J. Peterson uses writing to increase understanding of and compassion for people living with mental illness. Her most recent work, Twenty-Four Shadows (Apprentice House, 2016) has received a Recommended rating by The US Review of Books. My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel (I ...more
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