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Lost for Words

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  810 Ratings  ·  118 Reviews
My New Year's resolution: I'm moving on from everything that's happened. I'm not going to talk about it, think about it, let the memory pounce upon me like a waiting tiger, nothing.

All Sophie wants to do is forget. But it's not easy now that everything's changed. The house feels too big, school drags on for too long, lights are too bright, the room spins, and her hands get
Hardcover, 210 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by HarperTeen (first published August 15th 2009)
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Feb 12, 2012 Theresa rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Okay, when the main character describes herself as plain and expounds on that, you can't go and put a heavily-made-up model on the front cover- it just seems ridiculous. There is no reason to have this woman on the front cover- who the hell is she supposed to be?
I did love about this, and about Hold Still, that they both show how parents can want to the best for their kids, but not always know how to deal with their own hurt. Still, as I always say at work, kids tend to not pop out with an inst
Oct 26, 2011 Crini rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011, g-ya
Ein Buch für eher traurige Stunden:
Auf ganz besondere Art und Weise schildert Alice Kuipers wie es ist, nicht nur mit den alltäglichen Problemen eines Teenagers klar zu kommen, wie Streit mit der besten Freundin, Verliebt sein, dass Eltern einfach immer peinlich sein müssen, sondern zusätzlich noch mit dem Verlust eines geliebten Menschen umzugehen und damit beziehungsweise ohne ihn leben zu lernen.

Besonders gut gefallen hat mir, dass das komplette Buch als Tagebuch geschrieben ist. Und dabei he
Honestly, this is a hard book to rate.

I didn't enjoy it, but I think that's the point. Sophie, the narrator and protagonist, really, really drove me insane. She's grieving after the death of her sister, yet doesn't 'reveal' (although I found it very obvious and saw where it was going early on) details as to how her sister died until about the last quarter of the book.

The book is set in the UK which I liked. I didn't really feel the voice Sophie was supposed to have, I guess due to my lack of int
Jun 19, 2010 Heather rated it liked it
This was an interesting book. I had seen it all over the Internet lately, and was intrigued. Plus, I love the cover. (Yes, I do tend to judge a book by its cover. ;-) )

The story was OK. Having lost someone I love, I could feel Sophie's pain – to a degree. Thankfully, I've never been in a situation like she was in, so I can't fully understand. Anyway, it became clear to me pretty quickly that she likely was suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) – especially once she started having
Jan 31, 2011 Meera rated it it was ok
Plot: It is about a girl called Sophie who struggles to forget an incident that happened last summer. It is all about how she copes with her new life after that. She finds it hard to communicate with the people around her; she rarely talks about it, and basically pushes people out. She starts writing a diary on a notebook her psychiatrist gave her at some point believing it’ll make her better. The book is Sophie’s diary stating her life on a day to day basis.
Likes: I did not find it that likeabl
Apr 26, 2010 Reaganstar rated it liked it
I have to say, that this book took a bit for me to get into. I thought it was going to turn out as a whole book of a girl being unable to move past the death of her sister. However, once I got about half way through the book things changed and you could see a huge change in not only her but other characters in the book, I was glad that by the end of the book there were others seeking help in many various ways.

After, the entire book I am gonna summarize the book as a good guide for others going
Estações Literárias

Uma história sobre a perda de um elemento familiar de forma trágica e inesperada e as repercussões que este evento causa na família.

Sophie perdeu a irmã e fechou-se numa redoma de sofrimento. Tornou-se agressiva para com a mãe, uma estranha na escola e simplesmente deixa de saber estar.

Perder alguém é inexplicavel, podemos referir que é mau, mas só quem passa por isso, sabe como é sentir as emoções que essa perda provocam e como esse momento perdura toda a vida. A questão torna-se dúbia, quando
Jubilation Lee
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this little book, and even more surprised that the deep, dark, terrible disaster--unrevealed until two thirds of the way through the story--wasn't what I assumed it was. Way to keep the reader guessing, author!

Sophie isn't necessarily a likeable protagonist. She's terrible to her mother, oblivious to her friends, whiny about her lack of boyfriend, and practically incapable of functioning in the real world. On the other hand, that's pretty much how I imagine
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
This is an emotional book written in journal entry form. In some cases, this is a problem with me for books, but Kuipers writes to where it feels seamless to me. I got the feeling I was peeking into someone's private life, so she was successful getting me in Sophie's mind and world.
The friendships are really unstable in this book, but I think that it reflects real life and the stress these are put under (ed and ptsd).
It is frustrating yet also beautiful how the story unfolds, and finding ou
Dec 07, 2011 Clarabel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un roman triste, et qui rappelle la fragilité de la vie. Ou comment vivre avec le fardeau de se sentir responsable, coupable de la perte d'un proche. J'ai pleuré à deux reprises, parce que j'ai un petit coeur aussi tendre qu'un chamallow, mais je ne pense pas que le roman avait pour but de virer au pathos. Un deuxième roman qui confirme tout le bien que je pense d'Alice Kuipers!
La Mordue
Apr 22, 2011 La Mordue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Et voilà moi qui pensais de pas pleurer ... Je me retrouve en larmes !
Ce livre a tellement fais écho chez moi. Beaucoup d'émotion, un coup de coeur
Mon avis complet :
Du vu et revu... trop plat et pas assez original
Ich bohrte meinen Stift in das Holz meines Tisches und schrieb den ersten Buchstaben meines Namens. S. Sophie. Ob ich ein völlig neuer Mensch sein könnte, wenn ich einen neuen Namen hätte? Ein Mensch ohne Vergangenheit. Ein Mensch, der nur die Zukunft vor sich hat.

Erster Satz:
Ich blicke auf die Worte hinab, sie sind schwarz wie Tintenspinnen, und ich betrachte die Netze, die sie weben.

Manchmal brennen sich Bilder in dein Gedächtnis ein, verfolgen dich, wie ein Fluch. Als wollten
Kayla Whitehurst
Oct 25, 2016 Kayla Whitehurst rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 3.5

I found the journal entry format really helpful in showing off Sophie's voice - it's kind of like internet chat but not in an annoying way. More in a USING EMPHASIS EFFECTIVELY kind of way. The problem with this format is that since Sophie doesn't want to talk about what happened, we don't actually get to hear anything about it until late in the book (despite the fact that she apparently can't stop thinking about it). This is used well in some books (like Speak) but I think it'
Apr 23, 2012 Brina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nachdem ich bereits von "Sehen wir uns morgen?" restlos begeistert war, stand für mich schnell fest, dass ich auch weitere Bücher von Alice Kuipers lesen möchte. "Vor meinen Augen" kommt an "Sehen wir uns morgen?" nicht heran, dennoch konnte mich die Geschichte zum Großteil von sich überzeugen.

Die Autorin hat einen wunderbaren Schreibstil. Auf sehr eindringliche und dennoch sensible Art und Weise, erweckt sie ihre Charaktere zum Leben und bringt diese dem Leser sehr gut rüber. Obwohl das Buch l
May 25, 2014 Christie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Sophie releases the details of the worst thing she ever did through journal entries and this turns out to be a blessing and a curse in Alice Kuiper’s second YA novel, The Worst Thing She Ever Did. It’s a blessing because we get to hear Sophie’s authentic teenage voice and a curse for the same reason. Teenagers are, by definition, insular and of course no where is this made more apparent than in the pages of a teenager’s diary.

Sophie is keeping this journal at the request of her therapist, Lynda,
Jul 01, 2010 Christy rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen-fiction
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Sarai Segura
May 28, 2014 Sarai Segura rated it liked it
The book Lost for Words ended up being a book I randomly choose from my library. The story is told through the thoughts of a young girl named Sophie, who has had a horrible accident occur to her recently. She writes things down in a journal that her therapist gave her so she could in way relieve herself from any bad thoughts. After reading this book, I would say that isn’t not for everyone and its not that interesting/memorable afterwards, the reason behind this is because of how the story is ...more
Jun 06, 2012 Lena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inhalt: Über ein halbes Jahr ist nun seit dem Tag vergangen, an dem Sophies Schwester Emily gestorben ist. Und obwohl sie so verzweifelt versucht, weiterzuleben und den traumatischen Tag aus ihren Gedanken zu verbannen, muss Sophie in jedem Moment ihres Lebens an ihre große Schwester denken. Die Trauer ist noch immer so groß und schmerzhaft, als ob Emily erst gestern aus ihrem Leben verschwunden wäre. Sophie nimmt den Rat ihrer Therapeutin an und schreibt ihre Gedanken über ihr Leben und vor ...more
Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads
The Worst Thing She Ever Did really took me by surprise. Based on the plot description alone, I knew I would probably enjoy it, but I had no inkling just how much I would come to enjoy reading the novel. Emotional and absolutely heartbreaking at times, it was a novel that pulled me in from the very first page and I simply couldn’t put it down… finishing the novel in a mere couple of hours.

Sophie was just like any other teen when one awful day in London, a terrible event suddenly rips away her ol
Aug 10, 2010 Stacy rated it really liked it
A truly poignant story about loss and the people left behind.

Sophie was an average teenager until “it” happened last summer. All she wanted to do was forget about what happened and move on, however she couldn’t. Everything changed, everything seemed wrong and she couldn’t forget...

This story is told through the eyes of Sophie in journal format. Some days she has lots to say and others nothing more than a line or two. What I like about this is that we see concrete strides made by Sophie and her
Apr 18, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2010
This review is being posted here first, rather than my blog due to release date information. (Watch my blog closer to the release date for this same review)

Sophie Baxter has a lot going on in her life, and it all started the day her sister was killed in a London bombing. Instead of finding an outlet, Sophie bottles up all of her feelings and holds onto them with the fierceness of a vice grip. It's only a matter of time before she can't handle the knowledge of the horrors she has endured, and she
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jaglvr for

LOST FOR WORDS is the latest novel by Alice Kupiers.

Told in diary format, LOST FOR WORDS is Sophie's attempt to forget what happened last summer.

When I first picked up the book, I didn't know what the event was that Sophie alludes to at the beginning of the story. None of the synopsis I read had given any indication what Sophie was trying to run away from. But because I loved LIFE ON THE REFRIGERATOR DOOR so much, I wasn't that concerned about being in the
Nov 22, 2012 Leslie rated it it was amazing
The book I read, Lost for Words was about this teenage girl named Sophie and how she coped with the death of her older sister Emily. Sophie is the type of person who doesn't like to express her feelings and thoughts aloud, however the book is written in the form of a diary that she writes in everyday. She finds herself disconnecting with her old friends and finds a strange comfort/connection to this girl named Rosa-Leigh who is new to her school, and is sort of a mysterious type of girl. In the ...more
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
It took me awhile to get through this novel, mostly, I think because I wasn't reading much, but also because Sophie is trying to bury her pain so deeply that even she won't remember it. Sophie's decision to refrain from mentioning what happened at all initially and only slowly realizing that her trauma and pain needs to be felt, to the point where she begins having regular panic attacks, outbursts of anger, and finally admitting what she wished she and Emily had done differently, initially ...more
Oct 18, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
When I first saw this book at the library, I was instantly intrigued by the title (The Worst Thing She Ever Did). What on earth could this girl have done that was so bad? Why is she trying so hard to forget it?
I'll tell you right now, that title is misleading and the reason why is likely because that's actually not the title of this book. This book is called "Lost for Words" and THAT title makes sense.
After doing a bit of snooping around, I discovered that "Lost For Words" was published as "The
Jun 12, 2012 Shawna rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-fiction
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Allison Bekkerman
Jan 09, 2014 Allison Bekkerman rated it it was amazing
By reading and understanding the book "Lost for Words" by Alice Kuipers, it is evident that the book is full of suspense and will leave you wanting to read more. The story is based on a girl named Sophie, who had only wanted to forget about her past. High School was hard enough for her, but the event that occurred on one sunny afternoon, had changed her life forever. After having a hard life at home with her mother, who had barely walked out of her room, Sophie depended on her friend Abi to ...more
Alexus Coleman
Lost for Words is a realistic fiction book.Sophie,the main character,makes you feel like your in her shoes when she tells the story.Her life is not the same or easy since she wants to forget every thing around her friends,dad,school,etc.has changed.

Her friends changed because at first when the book first started her and her friends hung out and talked about life and homework.Now her friends are excluding her and now they talk about boys and parties.Her dad has changed because at first they would
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