Title: The Gifted Ones
Author: Lisa Vaughn
Publisher: Self-Published (for copies, please visit www.createspace.com/3538123 or Amazon.com)
Source: Received a copy of the book from the author.
What's the Story?:
From the back of the book: "Have you ever been so in love that your daily breath depended upon one another? Have you ever been pushed to unfathomable limits just to defend your beliefs? Have you ever been made to feel like the underbelly of society? Have you ever been thirteen?
Well I have... and this is my story.
Raised in a Catholic-based household in the Midwest - the year was 1976, and life as I knew it was about to change forever.
The next six years would prove to be a roller coaster of survival for two determined teenagers, being thrust into a full fledged, fight-for-your-life, adult existence- fueled by an overpowering mother and a closed-minded society. All in the name of love."
My Two Cents:
I fully believe that you can't help who you fall in love with. There is also the age old story of parents not liking who their teenage children fall in love with (major cause of teenage angst? I think so!). Lisa happens to fall in love with her best friend as a teenager. Her best friend, Selina, happens to be female. Lisa can't help falling in love. In the 1970s in the Midwest, her family throws an absolute fit and tries to keep them apart to no avail. Lisa's parents can't understand or rather won't understand the powerful connection and relationship between Lisa and Selina. It's sad.
My heart broke for Lisa. I think that as a teenager, you already feel like you are struggling to be accepted. To have your family not accept you for who you are must hurt so badly. As a teen, you struggle just to be yourself but how can you get to the point to where you accept yourself if the people who are supposed to love you unconditionally don't accept you?
If you ask most people about their first loves. They'll probably be able to tell you all about it in great detail. They'll be able to tell you the highs and the lows and everything in between. This book is very much like a letter about the author's first love. I really enjoyed the writing of the book. It's real and it's raw and you'll feel like you're listening to an old friend.
This book is a journey of the search for being comfortable in your own skin and a good coming of age story.
4 out of 5 stars
Author Interview with Lisa Vaughn:
Ms. Vaughn graciously agreed to be interviewed for A Bookish Affair so without further ado...