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Book Review-Everyone Has Their Little Secrets-Michael Louthan

Thursday, January 15, 2015


This is a book everybody with a teen should read, anyone with a child actually. Zoe's tale as revealed in her computer diary after her death will both sadden and enlighten you. The Tumultuous life led by this unassuming teen, unknown to all but a very few close friends (who did not even know the whole story). She lived with a guilt that no one should have to live with. She lived with a depression so deep no one could seen to alleviate it, if they even noticed it. Unless it is to start a discussion with your child I am not certain at all that they should read this-but that is up to you.

This author certainly did not pull any punches as he describes the bullying, the rape and the eventual accidental death of this teen. Or was it an accident--I wonder----

About the Book: (from Amazon)

It all started with a little secret…

Zoe Von Lynskey is a typical 13-year-old girl with an idyllic life and a bright future ahead of her—that is, until her 16-year-old brother is accidently shot by his friend Kirk Anderson. But is Josh’s death truly an accident? Zoe suspects not. Kirk’s parents and Zoe’s parents are friends, and the two dads work for the same company, but Kirk has always been a bully to Zoe. With her big brother no longer there to protect her, she is now alone and vulnerable.

When Zoe makes a fatal decision to protect herself against Kirk, her world begins to crumble under the weight of her secret. Her computer diary is her only confidant as she documents the wrenching depression, anxiety, partying, pregnancy, and suicide attempt that result.

Everyone Has Their Little Secrets is a sharply observant and moving portrait of a teenager grappling with very adult problems—a stunning coming-of-age novel that pulls no punches.

Read a chapter or two here

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About the Author: (from Amazon)


Michael Louthan was born in Enid, Oklahoma, and grew up in southwest Kansas. He graduated from Wichita State University, where he received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. For the last twenty years Michael has lived in New Orleans.

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24 comments :

Patricia said...

This is such an important topic for teens to know about. Thank you for the review.

Frugal and Fun Mom said...

Sounds like it would be a tough read for a parent. The reality is bad things do happen but it is so important to speak to your kids and be an open door for them.

Scott said...

IT's a topic that scares all parents, but one I don't want to ever happen to anyone. Would be a hard read for me.

monica said...

Oh goodness - challenging topics that are incredible necessary to discuss in this day and age.

Mandie Stevens said...

Sounds absolutely heart breaking :( but I always think open discussions are important.

~Mandie

Theresa Mahoney said...

Definitely some heavy topics in this book. But like the others have said, if it opens up dialog between teen and parent, then it's a step in the right direction.

Heather Jones said...

Oh This would be a great read for a teenager. I liked books like this when I was in school.

Michelle H said...

These things really happen and I applaud him not shying away from the subjects.

Go Bronson! said...

I will check this out, I have teens, tweens and toddlers so I think it would a match, thank you

Debi Wayland said...

I'm amazed at how many books you get to read. That's awesome! Your book reviews are great! Thanks!

Katherine Bartlett said...

It's horrible to think that society has come to this. This is what teens have to fear. Back in the day, this would have been a horror book. Now it's just everyday life. So sad.

Masshole Mommy said...

My kids are nearing their teenage years, so this would be interesting to read.

B said...

These kind of topics are so scary to have but HAVE to be had.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Few more years and I have a teen already. This would be great to read.

Amanda McMahon said...

I think as parents we tend to not want to be aware of such issues...

Sandra Shaffer said...


Teenagers have such a tough time with all the pressures. This book sounds like it hits some of the toughest topics for kids to open up about.

debdenny said...

Oh my this sounds like a good book. Important for any age to read.

Chrystal Mahan said...

I really enjoy diary style books. Adult or teen.

Frugal Mom and Wife said...

Oh I am actually going to check this one out for myself. Even though it's fiction, it really gives you an idea of what it could really be like if put in this situation. Scary!

JaimeLovesStuff said...

Oh my goodness. I can imagine this is an emotional book that you can't stop reading! It definitely sounds like something EVERY teen should read!

Rebecca Swenor said...

This sounds like a great book for my sister who has a teenage daughter. My sister is going through a lot with her. Thanks for sharing.

Kristin and Megan said...

It's so sad how many people suffer from debilitating depression!

bedlambrides said...

This sounds a little heavy for my usual read - but it does sound like one amazingly thrilling story!

Maddi'sMommy said...

Stories like this terrify me because they can so easily become YOUR story. Even great parents who think they're doing/trying to do everything right can be blindsided by so much unknown.

 
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