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(Therapy #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  3,067 ratings  ·  606 reviews
Sometimes you have to get lost in order to be found...

I’m needy.

I’m broken.

Cutting breaks through my numbness, but only opens more wounds.

Depression, self-harm, bullying....that's my reality.

Sex and guys....that's my escape.

The space between the truth and lies is blurred leaving me torn, lost and confused. And while the monsters that live in my head try to beat me--
Kindle Edition, 386 pages
Published February 10th 2014 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!

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Therapy left me speechless. I read it over a week ago and I’m just now writing the review. After I finished, I was gutted. It was devastating, beautiful and emotional. It’s one of those books that won’t be for everyone, but I loved it. Therapy is the perfect title for this book, because I feel like I’m in need of some therapy after reading it.
“They say monsters live under our beds. They’re wrong because our mind is where monsters truly reside.”
Jessica Alexander has some issues. Jessi
Sophie  **2 Greek Girls Reading**
Jan 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to Sophie by: Georgina ☽ 2greekgirlsreading
Shelves: emotional
“They say monsters live under beds. They're wrong because our mind is where monsters truly reside.”

This is the story of Jessica Alexander. A high school student who lets guys use her body as they please and then gets bullied about that from the popular kids. Jessica is trying hard to feel some kind of love and connection from those around her , that's why she lets guys manipulate her. She's also cutting herself, because she believes that this is how she's having control of her own pain.

Jennifer Kyle
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.75 Therapy Stars

”They say monsters live under beds. They’re wrong because our mind is where monsters truly reside.”


OVER THE TOP DRAMA, COINCIDENCES and ANGST GALORE but if you’re a fan of the Avoiding Series this books a smidge like that, but on CRACK!

This story felt the like the author threw in everything but the kitchen sink at times but I did read it in one sitting. I really liked the main character, the author’s writing style, and those two hot guys!!

The first 60% of the story (5 Stars
Katy Loves Romance ❤️
5+++++ therapeutic stars!!

I would class myself as an emotional reader, don't get me wrong I love smuty reads and 9/10 times I need smut in my books but sometimes I need emotion, I tend to read books that have a story behind the story if you get me? a moto, something that will help me think and be a better person in real life. I work as an health care in a hospital so I would definitely say this story sat home in my life and my job to be better, to help better, to not judge and to love more.

It's vampire hour and I have to get up at 5:30am. I look sucker punched!!!! This book was so beautiful. This is a stay with me forever book. Damn I feel so gutted even though the book ended in my favor ❤❤❤ I still feel incredible pain. This is by far not an easy read but I highly recommend it !!! Just make sure you have some double ply Kleenex and fight the urge to hurl your kindle/nook/iPad and grab some friends !!! This is a hand-holding book !! I don't know what I would've done without my gir ...more
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
DNF at approximately 30%...I tried, and I just can't do it.

Warning: Probably contains spoilers!!

Reading about the bullying.....BRUTAL! It made my heart hurt. I wanted to cry for how cruel they were to Jessica. I felt for her and what she had to go through. Cutting was something she could control in an environment that was completely out of her control. It lessened the pain.

Her poetry was tragic yet beautiful. Words and music were her other escape. Jessica wrote what she couldn't say. She had n
Georgina ☽ 2greekgirlsreading
Yesterdy I was seeing lists of the best books that people read in 2014 so I thought what mine would be and Therapy kept popping up in my mind. I don't think this is going to be a proper review but I just have to say something for this book. I don't want to say much because I really don't want to spoil anything so here we go.
This book broke me to pieces, them put me back together just to tear me up again!
Jess, Kingsley and Jace were all victims, trying to find a way to take control of their life
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5+++ Lay Down on the Couch Stars

I was honored to beta read this book for the author and write an honest review.

At the beginning I was like...

And then I was like...

And throw in a lot of....

As you know I read a lot of books. There are some books that are fun and fast and over. This is not one of those books. This one will stick with you. You will be thinking about this one for days and days after. Check with me in a few months and I am sure I will still be thinking about Therapy. Probably because
Sep 02, 2014 added it
No rating

I have been thinking about how to rate this book. The fact is that I have no idea, so I'm going with no rating .
I knew from the beginning that it was going to be a tough read, honestly, after reading the author's note, I freaked out.

Jessica loves hooking up with some random guys here and there, she needs to be loved and feel the connection with someone. That's why she has been bullied in school and called a slut and many more nasty things. But Jace Collins is different from others,
Aleatha Romig
Therapy is a beautiful journey between the dark and light. Kathryn Perez gives us an insiders look at the world of mental illness, love, relationships, and life. She shows us the struggle to function day to day, while also emphasizing the hope and gift of life itself. Boldly this author approaches the subjects of bullying, self destructive behavior, and co-dependence. I was captivated by this story from the first chapter to the last. Emotionally, I'd give this book 10 stars . Do I recommend it.. ...more
Smitten's Book Blog

Urgh. Right now, at the time of starting this review, I have no idea how to rate this book. It's one of those where you want to give half of it 5 huge stars and the other half you're absolutely furious with!

I'm going to go with 3.5. Because I couldn't put it down, but there were issues that made me so damn mad and prevented me from giving it any higher! I'm gutted, but I was just so angry.


I'm no one. I barely exist.

Therapy is Jessica Alexander's story.
Hi, I'm Julia and I have a... Well, I came here for a therapy, so you'd better tell me, what's the diagnosis. I'm here for wondering how on Earth could this book possibly get 4.28 on GR and I'm a confused reader. Two days ago I started reading some book I tried to like in spite of all the bad signs. It tried to be good for me, and for the first time in my life I started wondering whether it could possibly beat #1 in my Top-1 Worst Book Ever. I didn't want anything from it, I didn't expect it to
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Everyone needs a little therapy at one point or another in their life.” –Jessica

Wow! This book was AMAZING!

Jessica had a horrible life at home with a mother who was drunk half of the time and a father who didn’t know she existed. She never felt love at home, so she tried to find it through guys that she slept with in high school. Not only was she labeled “loose,” but she was also bullied at school.

One day, the popular guy, Jace stands up for her and soon they become friends. Jess makes it kno
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Courtney by: Madeline Sheenan
5+++++ Excuse me while I go commit myself STARS

Crowded hallways are the loneliest places
For outcasts and rebels
Or anyone who just dares to be different
And you've been trying for so long
To find out where your place is
But in their narrow minds
There's no room for anyone who dares to do something different..." Hunter Hayes Invisible

Where you bullied in high school? Or maybe you did the bullying? Do you know someone who has been bullied? This book tells the story of a girl who suffered thro
Fern (whirlwindbooks)
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This review is one of the hardest I have ever had to write, why? This book touched me on so many levels and I am still processing everything I have read (In the best way possible) Book hangover does not come close to covering what I am experiencing. I have been with Kathryn though this journey, I got the first chapter of the book last January and I have never wanted a book in my hands more.

"You deserve to have a man who falls in love with your mind, wants to undress your very conscience and make
Kelli C ~ Jack Sawyer's Heart
ok, probably in the minority...but WTH was that!

The Bullying = terrible, made me cry big ugly tears
The Angst = off the charts
The whole tale = baffling from start to finish

Jessica - gutted me...her writing was so tragic, her whole damn life was tragic.
Jace - confounded me...cant really decide if he was good or bad

I understand the trauma of the whole scene, the bad life, the damaged girl, but I was completely overwhelmed with the continued bad choices and consequences.

I also had some issues with
Tough Critic Book Reviews
If only to be owned, disowned, and a masochist. I swear there's a bar joke in there somewhere….

I was very inconsistent with my love for this book, my mind was a little all over the place. From the very start, I was undecided. The pacing in the beginning threw me off completely. Jess and Jace. The bullying. A lot of history that just seemed to happen too fast. Certain plot points didn't sit well with me either. The explanation to why Jace was with Elizabeth despite well….everything, was extremely
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
GEE-ZUS!!! This one will stick with ya...
5++ stars
Melinda Ruyten
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well, I'm not very good at writing reviews but here goes.
Therapy has sent into a coma induced feel. I have absolutely loved this book.
10 stars for me. It was captivating. I couldn't put it down, the twists and turns in the the book were unbelievable and from the first page until the last, it's a piece of art. The poetry and writing had me thinking about the book constantly. If you haven't read this book I strongly recommend to read it.

The books starts when Jessica who is the main character is
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is unbelievable!!!!!!!!! 5 very very angsty stars!

Did I cry? No
Did I tear up a lot? Yes!

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If you are looking for your stomach to hurt real bad, this is the book for you! I just wanted some to hold my hand the whole time...
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I loved Jace from the start...the 1st time they slept together was written like I was right there. I felt every kiss,
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every touch,
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every word.
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It was amazing!
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The dialogue was written beautifully. The thoughts they were both thinking, again, written wonderfully!

You know when you start to read a book that you've had on your kindle for awhile and you start reading and don't want to stop and you think 'what took me so long to read this?' Yeah, that was me about 5% in!

Therapy was an amazing story of a girls heart-achingly beautiful journey to become who she was meant to be, even while battling her demons!

I know better than anyone how easy it can be to fool people and hide your darkest secrets inside. Because I do it every day.

This book, certain parts I s
Di Covey
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing

"Depression is a sneaky, evil bitch. She creeps in when you least expect it and snakes her way throughout the corridors of your mind while feeding on the light of your soul. She shows up during your most difficult times, only making them harder to shoulder Sometimes. I wish depression was a living, breathing, tangible being, so I could wrap my hands around her throat and squeeze 'til all that's left in her pools of darkness is nothingness, rendering her powerless
Aestas Book Blog
Feb 13, 2014 marked it as to-read
BLURB I’m needy.
I’m broken.

Cutting breaks through my numbness, but only opens more wounds.
Depression, self-harm, bullying....that's my reality.
Sex and guys....that's my escape.

The space between the truth and lies is blurred leaving me torn, lost and confused. And while the monsters that live in my head try to beat me-- the two men that I love try to save me.

This is my story of friendship, heartache, and the grueling journey that is mental-illness.

Sometimes you have to get lost in order to be fou
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In theory, I should like this book. And I did, to an extent. Up until around the 40% mark, I thought I'd give it at least three stars. Not above that, not with all the minor things that irked me. I digressed. The book moved along in an even pace, nothing really changed. And it did throughout the entire story. But as said, the 40% mark. That's when I first began to look at the overall picture. And... it wasn't pretty. All those minor things that irked me. When I added them up
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book. It broke me. There were parts that I had to physically walk away. Puffs Plus and Godiva chocolate got me through, at one point, I think I was wiping my face with candy wrappers... don't judge!

It hurt. The intensity of highs and lows Jessica and Jace felt... it gutted me. The complexity of feelings that Ms. Perez was able to weave into words was so incredibly potent. I had to take a couple of days before I was able to even write this review, because I wasn't sure I was going to be able
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What an absolutely amazing story! One of my top 10 of all time books!

I stumbled upon this book with the recommendation of Colleen Hoover (Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday).

I have to say this story is exactly as the synopsis states. Jessica is a broken young girl who is battling depression and self harm. As a high school student, she is struggling to fit it. This isn't the "broken" girl and "popular boy" fall in love story we have all
Dec 25, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: _tbr-standalone


Beta reading this and LOVING it!!!!

& now it has a BEAUTIFUL cover!!!! <3 <3
Anne OK
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads
Outstanding dramatic and angst-filled storyline. It was one of those books that kept me glued to my seat. Looking forward to reading the additional novella "Therapy Ever After."
Three Chicks
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing

From the very first page the author grabbed me with her words and played on several emotions. I was horrified at the abuse this girl had to endure on a daily basis. I would have crumbled, but Jessica somehow finds a way to continue to find her strength. Unfortunately, some of that strength comes from her being in control of one thing…cutting herself. It is through the motions of cutting that gives her the self-satisfaction of controlling when and how deep she can cut. She’s not the only one in h
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
okay.. wow. This was intense, to say the least. So here's this girl Jessica and she has this mess called life - because of her borderline personality disorder. The story starts off at her high school and goes on showing us how she's bullied, her relation with people - or lack of it - and how these made her more and more depressed and withdrawn. Cutting, drinking, sleeping around and wasting away are her escapes because those are the only times she feels like she can control the pain she's going ...more
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