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Lily and Taylor

3.07  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  29 reviews
After her older sister is murdered in a horrific incident of domestic abuse, Taylor begins a new life in a new town. She meets Lily, whose open, warm manner conceals a difficult personal life of her own, coping with her brain-injured mother. The two girls embark on a tentative friendship. But just when life seems to be smoothing out, Taylor's abusive boyfriend, Devon, arri ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2013 by Groundwood Books (first published January 1st 1900)
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Elle (ellexamines)
2.5 stars. A decent narrative about abuse, but altogether kind of boring and weak.


There's a good discussion of abuse here. Yes, it takes an entire book to get through this discussion, but the topic is covered with empathy.

While Taylor is a weak character throughout, her characterization is at least consistent and sensical. Lily is much more relatable as a character, but the two characters reflect different sides of abuse very well.


The writing style is incredibly emotionless. Mo
Colette Whitney
Sep 09, 2013 rated it liked it
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The writing was great and profound, but I really didn’t like the plot or any of the characters (except maybe Taylor’s nephew, Mason). It’s a story about domestic and sexual abuse. Taylor’s sister is with this man who physically harms her constantly, and one day he ends up murdering her. Taylor has to identify her sister’s body and it’s a real mess.

Cut to Taylor and Mason leaving their home and moving towns to live with their grandmother. This
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Taylor lives with her older sister Tannis and her son Mason. Tannis is constantly beaten by her boyfriend, but loves him and is sure things will get better. When he winds up killing her in a fit of rage, Taylor moves in with her grandmother and Mason. Read the rest of the review on my blog: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.c... ...more
Kim B.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

I tore through this one, honestly. It's a really disturbing portrait of two girls in atrocious situations, and it somehow gets even WORSE about a third of the way in, and for the most part it's just a rollercoaster ride of "oh no, I NEED to know what's happening to these girls." I wasn't sure that Lily's POV was necessary, Devon's cruelty was perhaps too excessive to always be believable (though he is one scary mofo), the pacing has a few issues, and I was put off by the frequent use
In spite of the cute cover, this is not a book for the faint-of-heart. It opens on Taylor acting as a witness to her sister's autopsy after her sister dies in a horrible domestic abuse accident. Since Taylor and her nephew had been living with her sister, they must now move to their grandmother's house and attempt to move on with their lives. Taylor leaves behind an abusive boyfriend and finds that life is actually bearable when she doesn't have to fear the safety of her nephew or herself. She m ...more
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Taylor’s older sister Tannis was recently murdered by her abusive boyfriend. While he awaits trial, Taylor (who had lived with them) moves in with her grandma, her step-grandpa and brings with her Tannis’ 6 year old son Mason.

Because of the move, Taylor can no longer spend time with her boyfriend Devon. Devon is controlling, abusive, violent and jealous. When she speaks to him on the phone, he accuses her of meeting new guys and cheating on him, which she refutes. The only true friend she’s made
After her sister dies from domestic violence, Taylor and her nephew move in with her grandmother. Although it's hard being away from all that is familiar, a new town offers Taylor a way to escape from the violence in her own romantic relationship with Devon. Since her grandmother is unwilling or unable to provide funds for Taylor to travel to see him, the relationship is reduced to sporadic phone calls in which he monitors her behavior and seeks to control her friendships. Taylor starts to bloss ...more
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
I finished this on awhile back, I just couldn't figure out what to say about it. This was another one of those books that I had to read for work because of the potential for complaint. It is difficult to read to say the least. Moser does not hold back on describing the abuse endured by the two main characters. I understand why a book like this is important. I understand why it's necessary to have this type of abusive story represented in teen lit. I just didn't believe the ending. It was so tidy ...more
Sep 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Taylor's older sister is murdered by her husband after years of domestic abuse. Taylor repeats the pattern with her own abusive boyfriend, Devon, involving new friend Lily in a nightmarish kidnapping. The characters were flat, and I'm guessing the constant smoking was supposed to symbolize their lower class status, but as much of the rest of this book, it was both heavy-handed, obvious and even somewhat insulting. ...more
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian, ya
Taylor and Lily both have secrets about how crappy heir home lives are, which binds them together in unexpected ways, despite their polar opposite personalities.The friendship of these new best friends is threatened when Taylor's abusive ex-boyfriend shows up. Will Taylor and Lily's friendship survive him? ...more
Jacy Nichols
May 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
I found this story too abrupt and somewhat boring. The characters weren't developed enough for me to grow attached to them. Also, I didn't like the chapters' alternating narrators, because I thought it disrupted the book's flow. I could see how some teens might like this book because of the dark topic, but I think there are much better books out there concerning abusive relationships. ...more
Nov 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Good writing and characterization, sometimes rare in YA fiction, but a bit preachy about domestic violence. Reluctant readers will stay interested because the action doesn't let up, and the dialogue is authentic. ...more
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Intense, close-up look at partner violence between young characters. Brutal, straightforward, but not completely without hope - reminded me much of a teen version of What Jamie Saw, both in content and in style. Whipped through this one very quickly. Definitely recommended.
T.M. Carper
Mar 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish, ya
This book tackles abuse, but it's confusing as to who is related to who and the voice of the writer doesn't make it easy. I made it to page 30 but I just didn't get into it.

Borrow, don't buy and decide for yourself.
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Important message about abusive relationships, but a chore to finish (and it isn't even very long). ...more
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013, fiction, ya
I wanted to like this one more than I did, but it was so bleak and so oddly hurried I just couldn't. ...more
This was difficult to read, but it definitely made me think. Full review at wrapped up in books. ...more
Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Catie Rogers
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I think it was amazing book, you really have to be In a certain mind set to read it. cause you wont wanna put it down.
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 I didn't give it 3 because I didn't think the ending was developed well and it just ended with blah ...more
2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults
Christa Yoshimoto
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
A raw YA novel about partner and domestic violence. A powerful read.

Coming from Groundwood in September 2013.
Diane Henry
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
A harsh, grim book with a slightly unrealistic (though still grim) plot element. This was tough to read.
Mrs. Bradshaw
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I can appreciate what the book was attempting to do, but it was boring. I can't decide if this is worth purchasing for my classroom library. Maybe Ss will like it? ...more
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013, canadian, ya
Powerful and real, but also reads so quickly that it couldn't build characters as much as I would have hoped. Also, a bazillion trigger warnings for violence, rape, abuse. ...more
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