Title: Live Through This
Author: Mindi Scott
Genre: YA contemporary
Source: Library (Hardcover)
From the outside, Coley Sterling’s life seems pretty normal . . . whatever that means. It’s not perfect—her best friend is seriously mad at her and her dance team captains keep giving her a hard time—but Coley’s adorable, sweet crush Reece helps distract her. Plus, she has a great family to fall back on—with a mom and stepdad who would stop at nothing to keep her siblings and her happy.
But Coley has a lot of secrets. She won’t admit—not even to herself—that her almost-perfect life is her own carefully-crafted façade. That for years she’s been burying the shame and guilt over a relationship that crossed the line. Now that Coley has the chance at her first real boyfriend, a decade’s worth of lies are on the verge of unraveling.
In this unforgettable powerhouse of a novel, Mindi Scott offers an absorbing, layered glimpse into the life of an everygirl living a nightmare that no one would suspect.
I’m not really sure how to even start writing my review for this book. When I had requested it from the library, I was expecting something completely different. The book had garnered high praise from Stephanie Perkins, an author who I love, so I thought it would be a lighter read with romance and fun, like in Stephanie’s books. BUT this really was not the case!
Live Through This starts off with an event happening to main character, Coley. It’s a horrible thing that happens and then it finishes and we’re thrown into Coley’s life, which seems pretty normal. We get to see her live her days with her friends and her family, with nothing major really happening to her at all. Through most of this time, I was wondering when the “event” would happen again, since it doesn’t seem to cross Coley’s mind at all for most of the first half of the book. I wondered if maybe it was a future event, or if it was even Coley involved?
This is part of my problem with this book. So much emotion happens in the first few pages that I would think that Coley would reflect on it somehow — that part of her narrative would express what she’s going through. But she seems to go through life as a normal person until about halfway through the book when the major stuff starts happening. I felt like Coley wasn’t normal, like she should be feeling something — I wanted to yell at her to say something, to feel something, to tell me something, but she wouldn’t.
I know that the whole subject matter of this story is a hard one to talk about — I get that — but Coley really bugged me in how normal she acted. With such a subject matter, I felt like she should’ve been different, that the story should’ve been told differently. This leads me to the other part of the story that bugged me, how it all wraps up. Now, I’m not going to go and tell you what happens, but I will say that I was expecting a whole lot more than what happens. I felt like I was only told half of a story and still needed the second half to happen. The story was way too short and while there are parts of beauty, and parts of complete and utter heartbreak, it was still a few parts too short. I felt like the story did not come full circle.
This is very much an issue book, even if there are parts that seem light. It can be a read that will make you swoon, but in the same breath it is an extremely uncomfortable book to read. If you like issue books, you may like this one. I think I love it for the cover alone, but I just wish that there had been more story to it, more of a resolution.