How She Died, How I Lived
On the eve of Kyle's sentencing a year after Jamie's death, all the other "chosen ones" are coping in various ways. But our tenacious narrator is full of anger, stuck somewhere between the horrifying p ...more
Our narrator struggles throughout the entire story with why she got to live and Jamie had to die. When the murder trial re-opens one year after Jamie's death to determine if her murderer, Kyle, should receive the death penalty, the MC then starts to struggle with coming face to face with the ma ...more
I went into this book expecting to come out an emotional wreck. Sadly, that wasn't my outcome. In short, this book lacked the dept that I was expecting and was really formed as just another contemporary.
Now, I'm not saying that it's a bad book. This covers topics from survivor's guilt, moving on, and being true to yourself. I feel like we could have really dived more deeply into those emotions, but the writing wasn't there.
"I don't even kno ...more
How She Died, How I Lived was very underwhelming and incredibly boring!! Really this book just fell short and I struggled to get through it. Not much of anything exciting happens either. I don't recommend :(
I really, really enjoyed “How She Died, How I Lived,” much more than I was anticipating. I was expecting it to be a bit of a thriller, definitely on the darker side, but I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of emotion in this book. We follow our main character (who remains mysteriously unnamed) as she deals with survivor’s guilt. She and four other girls were texted by a boy named Kyle. Only one replied—and she was raped and m ...more
It could have been great. But instead it took the potential it had to be a deep and meaningful story that dealt with a serious subject matter and wasted it by being just another basic teen drama plagued with pointless friendship drama, cringe romance and a love triangle. Plagued with often contradictory 'feminist statements' and unbearable (not to mention stupid ...more
It was very different from what I was expecting while buying it, but I did enjoy reading it
I thought it was going to be suspenseful, maybe even kind of scary, like a thriller because when you read the summary it seems that way
It was not, however, like a thriller.
Although it was different from what I thought and hoped it would be, it was still a good book
I just feel that it was written so well. It's told from the perspective of another teenage girl and her struggle with survivor's guilt.
When murder is committed, the age of the victim doesn't matter, it's still horrible. I think when it happens to a teenager, it's worse for the friends (and family) of the victim. Teenagers feel so invincible, they're at the high point of their lives and murder/viole ...more
It's supposed to be about the murder of Jamie, who was one of the five girls that Kyle texted and was the only one to reply. Which i ...more
Our narrator is what many of us would regard as lucky. She was one of five girls to receive a text from Kyle that summer day. The day one girl, Jamie, responded and he raped her, attacked her and killed her. Each of the girls who received a text has to live with the knowledge that it could have been them.
I can’t begin to think about how that would feel. You’d feel relief at living, but also fear of what could have been and the guilt ...more
And yet her voice was distinct, vulnerable, confused, angry, and questioning why she lived while her friend — sweet Jamie Strand — died at the hands of a former classmate.
A year later the narrator still battles survivor’s guilt as she befriends Jamie’s boyfriend. Adding to her guilt is the attraction to Charlie, who surprisingly returns the affection.
Out of all of this tragedy, the narrator finds hope and forgiveness while letti ...more
Publication Date: November 13th, 2018
Genre: YA Contemporary
Recommended Age: 15+ (survivor’s guilt, tragedy, regret, grief, mature scenes, romance) (trigger warning for rape and murder)
Synopsis: I was one of five. The five girls Kyle texted that day. The girls it could have been. Only Jamie--beautiful, saintly Jamie--was kind enough to respond. And it got her killed. ...more
My only wish is that it could’ve gone into the reasoning why the horrible event spurring this story occurred, but I 100% understand that that wasn’t the point of the book. It was a book about learning to be okay with living in the aftermath of tragedy, and I think that the book did just that in telling this story. Beyond glad I read it!!
I have got so many things to say about this book, and I'm going to try and organize them in my mind to make a mostly coherent review.
1. The Narrator—let me start out with a quick note about our narrator. Mary Crockett did something I've never seen in a book before, and she left our narrator anonymous. Nameless. I barely noticed it while I was reading, but when I sat down and thought about it, it actually makes so much sense. A big part of this book is our narrator won...more
I was one of five. The five girls it could have been. Only Jamie was kind enough to respond and it got her killed.
A year after Jamie's death, our narrator is full of anger, stuck between a horrifying past and the unknown future, struggling to piece together why she was chosen to live. Now she finds herself drawn to Charlie, Jamie's boyfriend. As they grow closer, various demons pop-up, haunting their relationship. Can they cope with the why and why-nots , or are they destin ...more
Although the hook is what caught me- 5 local girls are sent a text that only one of them answers, and when she meets with the boy they all know, she is brutally beaten, raped, and murdered- I stayed for the MC's grief and sense of being outside her old life.
A year later and our main character, un-named, is dealing with survivor's guilt, her world once more rocked by the killer's upcoming sentencing. She's also starting to fall for the dead girl's boyfr ...more
The unnamed narrator is one of five girls that Kyle texted the day he murdered Jamie. Kyle senselessly and brutally murdered one of his classmates at random and now his sentencing is coming up. The narrator can't forget how easily she could have been the one who was killed that day. This book is about many things--grief, regret, justice, and new beginnings. It tackles survivor's guilt and how overcome ...more
However, the book fell very short for m ...more