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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Losing Elizabeth

Losing Elizabeth by Tanya J. Peterson is one of those YA lit pieces that I love.  Easy to read, a good message, and often a good story.  Just like today's book!  Let's get started, shall we?

Elizabeth is a junior in high school and she really does have it all--a spot on the varsity tennis team, the smarts to be an engineer when she grows up, and great friends.  When she meets Brad, the star of the school, she falls head over heels--and suddenly finds herself in the middle of an abusive relationship.  She quits organizations that are important to her and she begins isolating herself from her family and friends.  Will her friends be able to reach her in time--or will she lose them forever?  Will she realize the danger Brad poses for her before it is too late?

I really enjoyed this book and was very happy that I picked it up.  I found it to be a compelling read, and the characters were realistic and lacked the cardboard-cutout-feel that a good bit of YA novels have.  I was worried toward the end when things appeared to be wrapping themselves up in a nice little package with a big red bow, but I was pleasantly surprised with the ending.  It was a little saccharine but it felt honest while still giving young people a lesson in walking away when you have to even when you don't want to.

This is a book I would like to see recommended to young women everywhere.  I was very fortunate that I was a strong willed young lady and once told a boyfriend that if he ever spoke to me in "that way" again I would leave him faster than his head could spin--my daddy can't kill you faster than I can.  However, I felt that I knew Elizabeth, so happy to have her first boyfriend and to have the most awesome guy at school.  I understood her need to not lose him at all costs.  Pick up this book and pass it on to a young lady in your life.  You might be glad that you did.

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