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Livvie Owen Lived Here

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  231 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Olivia "Livvie" Owen feels things differently than her parents and two sisters. Livvie is autistic. Her family has had to move repeatedly because of her outbursts. When they again face eviction, Livvie is convinced she has a way to get back to a house where they were all happy, once.

The problem is, Livvie burned down that house.

But she's not giving up. Here is her story.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 17th 2010 by Feiwel & Friends (first published January 1st 2010)
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Oct 11, 2010 Ann rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, 2010
Is anyone else tired of reading books where the narrator has autism/downs syndrome/cerebral palsy and is therefore SO WISE? Is it politically incorrect to write a negative review book that exists to teach SENSITIVITY and PERSPECTIVE?

14 year old Livvie Owen has one older sister (who is nice), one younger sister (who is mean) and autism. Her fixation is houses, especially the "Sun House," which her family used to live in. Now they are poor and live in a trailer in a dying town, evicted from place
Hiba Ahmed
Oct 16, 2014 Hiba Ahmed rated it it was amazing
Livvie Owen Lived Here is an amazing book SWBST -

14 year old Livvie Owen is different than many people, she has something what people call Autism. She see’s, hears & senses things differently than others. Livvie wants to fit in like everyone else, be normal, and stay at Nabor with an A forever.She hates her little sister Lannie but loves her older sister Natasha. However, all of a sudden, Livvie wonders why her younger sister Lanie is becoming so nice to her, and why tash is trying to avoid
Diane Ferbrache
Apr 02, 2011 Diane Ferbrache rated it really liked it
Livvie is a 14 year old autistic girl. She has two parents, a loving older sister and a younger sister who has little patience with Livvie’s disability. After the mill closed & her parents lost their jobs, her family has moved numerous times, usually evicted for one reason or another. When Livvie begins hearing the mill whistle in the middle of the night, and begins obsessing over their former home and her long dead cat, things begin to fall apart.
Told in Livvie’s own voice, the story is
Aug 31, 2010 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Livvie Owen Lived Here is a powerful story of one autistic girl’s journey to find someplace to call home. It was so gut-wrenching at times that it managed to pull on my heartstrings; something that most novels fail to do.

I think this a book that everyone needs to read. Autism is something that isn’t spotlighted in YA a lot, especially for an older character such as Livvie, but this novel is a great portrayal of less than wealthy family that deals with the weight of things that come with her. It
Becca Lee
Jun 07, 2010 Becca Lee rated it really liked it
It was a wonderful read and on a subject that is frequently requested by our schools. Livvie and her friends from school are so tender and innocent- they provoke one to frown with sadness and also to smile with joy in the same scene. Livvie grows so much in the book and you are cheering her on the entire way. It is great to see her process and connect with things. The character development is excellent, not just with Livvie but with all the supporting characters.

The reader feels Livvie’s emotio
Tom Franklin
Aug 28, 2010 Tom Franklin rated it really liked it
Sarah Dooley has set herself a remarkable goal with "Livvie Owen Lived Here": to write a compelling, believable book from the viewpoint of a teenager with autism.

Parts of Dooley's writing were less than convincing: Livvie's beautiful descriptions, some using complex metaphors for instance, just didn't ring true with me for a teenage who has problems identifying emotions in herself and (especially) other people.

Other parts of Dooley's writing was extremely convincing. Livvie feels herself a stran
Liza Gilbert
Oct 16, 2010 Liza Gilbert rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, bfya2011
There was a lot to like about this novel of a young teenager with autism. From my own experience of knowing people with autism spectrum disorders, Livvie's behavior was textbook.

However, I was frequently jarred by Livvie's narrative. For a character who cannot read or write, her choices of $10 words pulled me out of the story repeatedly. The problem? I'm not sure how Dooley could have written the story from Livvie's perspective and not experience that issue. It was puzzling and bothersome.

Mar 01, 2013 Phoboliccardo53 rated it liked it
Livvie Owen Lived Here is a fiction book about a girl named Livvie who has Autism. She lives in “Nabor-with-an-A” and keeps getting kicked out of her house for her raging outbursts. When she continues to hear a whistle from a mill that stopped blowing their whistle 10 years ago she finally takes a night adventure to the mill to find out why it keeps “calling her”.

While on her adventure she finds her old sun house and becomes determined to move in. She has been suspecting that her family will be
Lorrie Figueroa
May 06, 2014 Lorrie Figueroa rated it really liked it
This is a really great read which can capture your heart.

I was most affected by the relationship Livvie has with her sisters. It is really nice to read books about family struggles and struggles a person have with himself.

At a very young age, Livvie learns the essence of being a sister and despite the troubles she has, she still thinks best for her family and it was just really touching and beautiful.

Though frankly, I expected more drama. Still, the book gave me so much to learn and remember.
Abby Johnson
Aug 20, 2010 Abby Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: blogged
All Livvie wants is to go back to when things were good. Back when the whistle blew on the paper mill every day at 6 o'clock and they lived in the warm, yellow house and Orange Cat was still alive. But the paper mill's closed and if she can't keep her outbursts under control, her family's going to be evicted again. It's not easy for anyone to deal with change and for Livvie it's a particular struggle because she has autism. But Livvie can't go back, so she's going to have to find a way to move f ...more
Feb 28, 2011 Tina rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, youngadult
2.5, maybe? This wasn't bad, it was just -- as the 2-star rating indicates -- "okay." A fast read, had some emotional moments, but, as others have commented, the narrator's voice didn't ring true as someone with autism. Of course, I'm not a specialist, and all the experience I have is knowing several people with asperger's, but even in that regard, I feel like Mark Haddon created a more authentic (and certainly more interesting) character in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Of ...more
A fictionalized account of one family's everyday struggles and hopes as they live with a daughter/sister who has autism. Livvie Owen, 14, struggles herself with questions, frustrations, and friendship as she navigates the complicated world around her.

Her family clearly loves her and wants only the best for her, but her outbursts and inability to contain her emotions have left the family coping with multiple evictions and moves throughout the town of Nabor. Livvie remembers and cherishes her tim
Barbara Trimm
Gr. 7 up. Livvie Owen has autism. Told from Livvie's perspective, we learn how difficult it is for her to deal with family, school, substitute teachers, death of a pet, moving, and everyday life.

I really enjoyed this in the beginning but then I tired of it. It's an interesting look into the life of someone who has autism.
Maria Luiso
Nov 22, 2014 Maria Luiso rated it really liked it
This was a book that makes you think differently. It let me see into the mind of autistic people, and I saw the truth, that we are different, but we all want the same things. This was a creepy book, and I probably would have gotten more out of it if I hadn't been reading it in phases while reading other books.
Feb 25, 2011 Ryan rated it liked it
I am never quite sure what I think about books written in the voice of an autistic character. There is always something not quite right - inconsistent, perhaps. I don't know if that is an accurate portrayal or not and that 'not quite right' gets in the way of things.

What I liked best was that Livvie's sisters were real. The youngest was smart and often frustrated by Livvie - and treated her with the contempt of an 11-year-old. Her older sister had taken on the role of caretaker - she loved Livv
Mar 15, 2015 Christine rated it it was amazing
Loved being inside Livvie's head as she struggles with the loss of a pet and the uncertainty of life. Livvie's Owen is not your typical 14 year. Livvie has autism and this story is told in her voice. Loved the language and flow of the story.
Aug 21, 2013 Candis rated it liked it
While I agree with other reviewers who have note that the voice of the autistic narrator sometimes seems a bit "off," my interest in (and takeaway from) this book has little to do with whether or not Dooley was able to convey an "authentic autistic voice" via Livvie. Folks should really take a gander at what this story does very well: explaining the life oscillating AROUND the child with autism and their family as they maneuver through both their everyday lives and the institutions that are ther ...more
Aug 09, 2014 Vlady rated it really liked it
Livvie is an exceptional girl in her early teens. She has quite bad autism and it substantially reduces her ability to take care of herself and be able to enter the adult world. Nevertheless Livvie is quite fortunate. She has a very loving family of two sisters and loving parents. As well as a set group of people she studies with at school which are all just like her. But alas, Livvie enters a state of awe when she realizes her parents might have to move from her birth town. Very rich developmen ...more
Yolanda Ridge
May 29, 2011 Yolanda Ridge rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
This wasn't a fast read for me (maybe because my life is so hectic right now) but it did follow through on Meg Cabot's front cover promise... it definitely challenged me and touched me to the core. With her first person narrative, Sarah Dooley has done an excellent job of showing what it is like to live with autism. I fell in love with Livvie and felt like I really understood her and why she did the things she did. I also identified with her struggle to find a home (maybe because I'm in the proc ...more
I listened to the audiobook, and really enjoyed it. As others have mentioned, I find it frustrating that the cover art and blurb give away something that really would have had more impact if we weren't expecting it from the start. (I sometimes wonder if cover blurbs make authors frustrated, as way too many of them give away what should not have been given away. From a marketing standpoint, I can see why some do it, but so often it ruins the impact of the book.)
A beautiful read. Made me tear up a bit at the end, a sign of this book's emotional power. Livvie and her sisters are endearing, lovable characters.

This is a book about a girl with autism, but the story isn't exactly about autism. Equally important is the story of Livvie's struggling family and their relationships. Yes, the autism is an important element to Livvie's tale, but it is refreshing that it isn't the only important element found here.
Nov 19, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
I picked up this book because I was looking to read something that was written as a part of NaNoWriMo. It was a cute, short story that was easy to read. It was interesting to be inside the mind of someone with autism, and I definitely applaud the author for writing that. I legitimately feel like I have a better understanding of autism now. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick, sweet story. I give it 3.5 stars.
Apr 03, 2011 Ricki rated it liked it
Told from 14-year-old Livvie Owen's perspective, this novel allows the reader to understand what it would be like to have autism. Livvie is obsessed with looking at real estate advertisements, and her family is forced to move frequently because her behavior is so unpredictable. I enjoyed reading the book, but I would only give it three stars because it is like many other novels I have read where the main character has autism.
Shadi B
Jan 06, 2016 Shadi B rated it did not like it
I would really recommend this book. It is about a girl around 10-11 years old, she has a younger sister. I like this book because it is mostly about the girl named Livvie Owen who is ALWAYS Organized and Neat. She stacks everything in order. For example: Cups. She stacks them from plastic to Glass. Then less sparkly to more. She hates when something breaks. She will get uptight. Though she won't get that irritable on you.
Feb 28, 2011 Leslie rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Dooley succeeds in giving the reader true insight into the mind of an autistic girl and the complicated relationships she has with her family, classmates, and teachers. Livvie's quest for a better home - and indeed, her better self - entrances from page one. Highly recommended for middle-grade and young adult readers, as well as adults who enjoyed Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
Apr 17, 2015 Lauren rated it really liked it
This was a really great book, but the summary isn't completely true unless I missed something. It doesn't say (or even reveal in memories) that Livvie burned down the Sun House, it just says it's condemned. Other than that, this book was an amazing new perspective.
Nov 27, 2010 Geebowie rated it liked it
this book was an interesting story As a person wit as asperger I am interested in reading books about others on the autistic spectrum. how ever I have to agree with what the others are saying in that some time Live complex thoughts and the word she use does not see to match up with the other things about her character. however i still enjoyed the book.
Jul 20, 2014 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, re-reads
An eye-opening look into the mind of the autistic narrator as she deals with how her outbursts have affected her family and their ever-changing living situation. As a disclaimer, I know and am fond of the author Sarah Dooley, but even if I wasn't I'd enjoy this story. A must-read for kids who could identify with Livvie, her family or her classmates.
Sep 14, 2012 Jeanine rated it it was ok

Disappointed. Not believable. Too much contradiction between a girl who can't read or write more than one sentence yet can memorize the shapes of words . Difficult to believe her parents always being so gentle and patient. Very interested in the storyline of a child moving so frequently. Not that interested in the autism aspect.
Mary Ann
Aug 07, 2011 Mary Ann rated it really liked it
exception. Being fourteen is difficult enough without struggling with other issues. Reading Livvie’s and her family’s story helps the reader comprehend the saying ‘walk a mile in my shoes before you criticize and accuse!” Surely all could benefit by learning through Livvie’s point of view.
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