Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That's When My Nightmare Began
When Alex Cooper was fifteen years old, life was pretty ordinary in her sleepy suburban town and nice Mormon family. At church and at home, Alex was taught that God had a plan for everyone. But something was gnawing at her that made her feel different. These feelings exploded when she met Yvette, a girl who made Alex feel alive in a new way, and with whom Alex would...more
With the help of some friends she was able to escape her abusers and return to her family, but not without a huge legal ...more
POTENTIAL SPOILERS: YOU'VE BEEN WARNED
I’m proud of Alex but ashamed of many of the adults in this novel, including her parents, whom I still find to be an epic disappointment. I don’t feel that sacrificing basic humanity and kindness is ever acceptable ...more
Fuck the Mormon church. And any other "church" that condones hateful acts like this book tells about.
Fuck her parents.
Fuck Tiana and Johnny, whoever they really are.
Fuck the people who looked past Alex and didn't say anything.
Fuck any close-minded, hard-hearted BIGOTS (because that's who you are) who ever think that being gay, lesbian, trans, or whatever other shade of the spectrum you can and cannot imagine is meant to be anything but CELEBRATED for a ...more
The crimes against young LGBT in the Mormon faith is nauseating to say the very least and Alex Cooper's outspoken memoir is heartbreakingly just that. She explains the what's, how's, where's and who's but is left asking all sorts of why's. Young and courageous, Alex stands up and tells her story of surviving being abused as a lesbian teenager in Arizona/California.
Alex Cooper went through some terrible things as a result of her choosing to be open about her sexual orientation. People she loved and trusted put her in danger ...more
Rating memoirs is difficult, which right do we as readers have to rate the life story of someone out there, everyone has one to tell and all of them are important. Yet, I most say, Saving Alex is a type of book you will never forget, a story the touches hearts, makes you cry, and makes you question why is the world so blind and unfair sometimes. At the same time it gives you hope, and lets you know not all sad stories DONT end in a tragedy, but could ...more
This book left me weepy, angry, and justified. It was hard reading Alex's story, her hopelessness is is palpable. You will feel a range of emotions as you live through her story. I was so angry ...more
Even though I consider myself an LGBT ally and I think I'm up on the latest...I was still stunned that this story happened just 6 years ago. I know that parents are often upset when they find out their child is gay--it upsets the entire Mormon paradigm, after all. But I am surprised that people still think being gay is a choice and that orientation can be changed through therapy/repentance. I honestly don't think I thought that even way back in 1993, when I met my ...more
Tough. Raw. I hope the people who need to read this book will. Along with Alex's story, this is a story about abusers and how they get away with it. It's really easy to think we know people. We see the side they present of themselves, say at church, and everyone thinks they're great and the community perpetuates it, telling each other these people are great and they've saved all of these kids, and ...more
It does get better. That's something that I need to portray more authentically in my life and the life of my students. Thank you, Alex.