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Love Thyself

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Warning: This book is graphic in nature. 18+ is advised.

Have you ever felt like you were different, like you didn't belong?
Kellie Kingston knows that feeling all too well. She’s not who she pretends to be, instead from the inside out, Kellie is actually Kaleb.

For years, Kaleb has wanted to break free from the reins of Kellie’s lifestyle. He knows he was born in a female
Published October 2015 by Scilicet
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Kathy M
Am primit cartea de la Layla ca sa ii fac un review onest.

Pot spune ca mi-a placut, insa in acelasi timp mi-a si displacut. E frumos ca a scris despre o problema care inca e de actualitate si pe seama careia inca se fac o gramada de scandaluri. Transsexualitatea. Nu stiu daca autoarea are pe cineva in familie care e transsexual sau a discutat cu cineva despre asta, insa vreau sa zic ca numarul transsexualilor in cartea asta e prea mare. Actiunea se desfasoara intr-un orasel care nu e asa imens,
Amazeballs Book Addicts
When I picked up this story to read, I wasn't sure what it was about. When I found out it was transgender story, I was a little worried whether I would like it or not. This story is an amazing story of a journey of discovering ones self. Kellie never felt right in her body. She's not Kellie but Kaleb. Kaleb's journey to becoming who he was suppose to be is not easy. He has people who are accepting of him and other who are not. There are a few twists that I didn't expect. This is definitely is mu ...more
Deanna Wiley
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Thyself by Layla Stevens

Kellie / Kaleb Kingston was raised in a deep Southern family. As a child and a teenager she was forced by her mother to enter beauty pagents. How ever inside she felt empty and incomplete. She turned to self harm for years and when her mother finally told her father, her father accepted her as a he andid was accepting.

I really enjoyed this book. It was well played out, we'll thought out, and we'll written. This book was my first from Layla but won't be my last. I enc
Blow Pop
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Content warnings: sex, paedophilia, prostitution, mentions of miscarriage, cheating, violence, transphobia, hate crimes, suicide, death, talk of medical procedures, childhood abuse by parent, molestation

Review can be found here at Blow Pop's Book Reviews.
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
Love Thyself is unlike any story I've read.
From the first page I was curious to know where the plot line was going and let me just say I was not disappointed.
With the twist and turns of this book I was hooked throughout each page.
The feels, the sadness and the ways in which I was able to understand what the characters were going through made this read a great story through an extremely emotional topic.
Well done Ms. Layla :)
OKbook Hoarder
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kellie wants to be Kaleb. When she finally tells her dad she is shocked by his response. She learns a lot about the people she thought she knew. The secrets will blow you away. Cant wait for the second book and learn more about Kaleb <3
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow such a powerful read with so much emotion it got me asking why have I not read this book before. I was hooked from the first page and I really didn't want to put it down but real life called so it took me longer to finish than I would have liked. I loved our main character, there was so much too him and I felt his pain as he told us his story. Well done Layla this is an amazing five star read that everyone has to try.
Anna Pulla
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm where do I start? The love of a family can be so distorted and blind.

Author Layla Stevens for writing about a topic which unfortunately is still controversial, she is a new author to me and one who I will continue to follow. Layla writes a story about a transgender teenager who struggles to keep her mother happy by participating in beauty pageants. This family has so many secrets that breaks my heart and at time angers me.

You can feel the emotions from each character and you can feel where
Brandi Reeves-Pearson (Saints and Sinners Books)
Alright, first off I want to pat the author on the back. Layla has written something totally different, and way out of my normal reading with Love Thyself. I really think it takes a lot of courage to write something so different, but in a good way. When I first started this book, I was very interested in what was going on, what could happen. You name it, I was sucked in. I instantly had a connection with Kellie/Kaleb and I really felt horrible for her/him. I wanted to pull Kellie/Kaleb out of th ...more
Carol Cassada
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Stevens tackles the topic of transgender with the story of Kellie/Kaleb, who is a boy trapped in a girl's body. Growing up, Kellie was forced by her mother to wear dresses, makeup, and compete in beauty pageants. As Kellie struggles with her identity and the need to transition, her father supports her decision, while her mother Cora Beth is against the idea. Kellie tries to get her mother to support, yet Cora Beth's stance against the decision hurts Kellie. As Kellie makes the decision to transi ...more
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Love thyself by Layla Stevens

I didnt know who Layla Stevens was but the cover had me hooked. I told myself don’t read reviews, don’t read the Blurb. Just Start the story. And that is exactly what I did and didn’t regret it at all! This book was amazingly well written. I love the opening paragraph

“I was taught from an early age, Love Thyself, Be who you want to be, never judge, but when you come from a family that does nothing but judge well you’re simply screwed.”

You can’t start this book with a
Jenni Crawford
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am giving this review on behalf of Kats Book Promotions/ Katsindiebookblog. This particular book had me stepping out of my normal read, and I was NOT at all disappointed in it one bit. Kellie, aka Kaleb, is living in your typical southern socialite world where money and power runs all. But what happens when your only daughter feels like she is a boy instead of a girl? Would you be willing to risk it all for your only child to be happy or are you too far gone with the class you just don’t care ...more
Rebecca Austin
Kellie Kingston grew up as "southern royalty" but that is the opposite of what she really is. Forced to compete in pageants by her mother she asks to be called Kaleb and explains to her mom that she wants to be a boy. Ignoring her pleas, her mom, Cora Beth, forces Kellie to continue living her life the way that Cora Beth wants.

But Kellie rebels and soon finds a supporter with her dad, Sterling. Sterling has his own secrets and soon we find that this family has many secrets and will it cause the
Lynn Smith
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kellie has known from an early age, she wasn't meant to be a female. She wants to be Kaleb. A mother that forced her to be in pageants no matter how badly she fought. Coming out with her secret to her father she learns he to has been keeping a secret. What transpires are many other secrets members of the family have been keeping.

This is not a romance. It is a story of transgender, abuse, bulling and human trafficking. How the people closest to you can have deep dark secrets that will pretty muc
L.J. Baker
Needs work

To be honest, three stars is me being generous. I really wanted to like this book, but it needs too much work for me. My main issues are with the writing itself, and the fact that it needs a lot of editing and formatting help. That should be fixed before Amazon picks up on it and flags it. Another problem area for me was the dialogue. It felt off, and unnatural. There was just about every problem any lgbtq person could possibly ever encounter. It felt forced, contrived. I also know a l
Chrissy Kagel
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
5 Amazing Stars
I was gifted the ARC of Love Thyself by Layla Stevens. First off let me say that Layla stepped out of her comfort zone on this book. It is not a romance but a LGBT Drama.
This book talks about several topics that have touched many lives from transgender issues, sex trafficking, bullying, abuse, murder, and lies. I could not put this book down, I felt like I was Kellie when it came to some issues. Despite how you feel about this type of book, this is a must read.
Kellie is a teenag
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy Pink Tacos!!! AMAZING!!!! MIND BLOWING!! TWISTS!!! TURNS!!! SHOCKING!!! Layla did an amazing job with Love Thyself. OMG what a page turner it was. With this story you are reading about Kellie who is not happy as Kellie. Lots of things come about through this whole story and let me tell you so well worth reading. ONLY 18 and older though. If you don't like reading certain subjects then this might not be the book for you. I wasn't sure it was would be for me but let me tell you HOLY PINK TACO ...more
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you read the blurb for Love Thyself by Layla Stevens, you might get an inkling of what she plans ahead but WOW, she has touched on so much in this story, my fingers kept clicking and before I knew it I was done.

When I read the sentence "Have you ever felt like you were different, like you didn't belong?" I thought to myself, well, yeah, who hasn't!? BUT not to the extent that Kellie/Kaleb has in this story and what an amazing way to tell this story.

This is out of my normal queue of reading
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this ARC book for an honest review. This author did a good job describing the ups and downs that transgender or anyone in that community go through. As having a family member who has gone through this, its fairly accurate in everything.

Kellie wanted to be Kaleb and throughout her whole life she felt like she didn't feel like she was in the right body. She had a hard time getting her mother to understand that.

But then there are other family secrets that get you sucked into the book an
Love Thyself was packed with drama. But at the center of the story, and the most important part, there was Kellie. Kellie is a teenager struggling with gender identity. But when Kellie decides to transgender into Kaleb support and secrets come from the most unlikely places. Ultimately, Love Thyself is a story of acceptance, and a reminder that everyone wants to be loved and accepted for who they really are.
Jennifer Bradley
I received a free copy in order for a honest review. This is about a family with a lot of secrets. We meet Kellie who is forced into all the beauty queen competitions that she hates. But her mother is determined to make a winner out of her. Kellie isn't comfortable in her own skin and has many problems. But does her mother even care? This was a fab read.
Joanna  helms
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Such a touching's powerful and get twists and turns heartache and pain..than you have love and acceptance...I loved this book and will recommend it to every..way to go Layla u rocked it
Laura Watson
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the story and could not put the book down. I loved the characters and their ups and downs. I look forward to reading more from this author
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