Live Through This by Mindi Scott – Guest Post & Giveaway
I freaking love Mindi Scott and her debut book, Freefall, was AMAZING. But Live Through This blew the roof off it. I can’t even express how stunning and honest and heartbreaking it is and I’m absolutely honored to have Liesa Abrams, Executive Editor at Simon Pulse, on my blog today!
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Author Twitter | My Review 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. – Goodreads
Liesa Abrams, Executive Editor at Simon Pulse
I’ve never written a blog post about a book I’ve edited before—but I’ve never had an editing experience like the one I had with Mindi Scott on Live Through This.
Ask any of my authors, and they will tell you—I am not shy when it comes to giving editorial notes. Getting inside the lifeblood of a manuscript and working with an author to help shape and form the story is one of the most satisfying feelings in the world to me.
But this was new territory.
I knew that the events of the book involving Coley’s sexual abuse from someone close to her weren’t literal truths from Mindi’s teen years—but I also knew that some of the experiences were rooted, sadly, in some very real events in her life. Which meant that every note I gave Mindi about how the characters act and react touched on exposed nerves of someone who was hurt in this same way.
At the crux of our editorial process, I was pushing Mindi on one key scene toward the end of the story. I don’t want to say too many specifics (spoilers!). But what amazed me was the moment I realized that she wasn’t resisting the feedback I’d given her on the level of author; instead, Mindi had trouble knowing that readers could see and believe something to be true that was so obvious to me. For Mindi, it’s a constant, lifelong challenge in her own life to overcome that sense of culpability for something that was not her fault.
When we had the breakthrough (and Mindi nailed the scene!), I felt so many emotions at once at having been a part of the making of this book. I understood more deeply than ever how important it is for this story to be out in the world.
Watching Mindi find the courage to walk through the emotional minefield of her own struggles with guilt and shame in order to depict Coley’s was downright awe-inspiring. It was, truly, the bravest thing I have ever seen an author do. And then I saw how she drew from her own knowledge of the feelings and reactions and moments and built them into a piece of fiction that stands on its own as a compelling story encompassing so much more than just a girl who has suffered abuse.
I’m incredibly lucky that I never went through anything like what Coley (or Mindi) did. Thankfully, most people who read Live Through This won’t have, either. But I don’t know a teen girl who hasn’t gotten somewhat lost in the conflicting messages we receive about girls and sexuality –a teen girl who hasn’t felt guilty because sex was pleasurable, or guilty because it wasn’t.
Mindi accomplishes so many amazing feats with this book—an achingly realistic portrayal of a splintered friendship; a layered story of abuse that doesn’t shy away from shades of gray; a budding romance with such sweetness and appeal that somehow we’re swept up in the relationship even in context of the horror unfolding in another corner of Coley’s life. Mindi took all of these elements and—without compromising an iota on depth or intensity—she made the book compulsively readable.
Live Through This is a stunning accomplishment, and the best way we can honor that is to make sure this book finds the readers who need it.
About Liesa Abrams
Liesa Abrams is Executive Editor at Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, where she edits primarily teen fiction as well as select middle grade properties. Her projects include Brandon Mull’s #1 New York Times bestselling Beyonders series, as well as the blockbuster bestselling Dork Diaries series. She has a special affinity for fantasy and action/adventure such as Lisa McMann’s The Unwanteds series, James Riley’s Half Upon a Time series and the debutKeeper of the Lost Cities from Shannon Messenger. As a comics geek, she particularly enjoys working on books that bring in some comics elements such as Alan Silberberg’s Sid Fleischman Award winning Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze. Among her teen novels at Simon & Schuster are Mindi Scott’s powerful Live Through This and perennial bestseller Christopher Pike’s thriller Witch World. Before coming to Simon & Schuster, Liesa worked with a wide range of YA authors including Scott Westerfeld, Maureen Johnson, and R.A. Nelson.
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Giveaway of Live Through This
Live Through This by Mindi Scott is one of those books that is going to stay with me for a very long time. And I want it to stay with you too! So I’m giving away a finished copy of Live Through This.
13 years or older
Winner has 48 hours to respond to my e-mail
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