Meeting Lizzy by SarahBeth Carter is the story of a teenage girl suffering at the hands of an abusive boyfriend and the teenage boy who happens to cross paths with her. This young adult novel explores a serious issue while at the same time being an interesting and thoroughly enjoyable piece of fiction. It has now been several months since I read Meeting Lizzy, but I still find myself thinking about it from time to time which, I believe, is a sign of a good book!
Unfortunately, violence in teenage relationships has been growing at an astonishing rate. I strongly encourage you to buy a copy for any teenage girl you care about. It's a great way to make her aware of the topic and present it in an “easily digestible” format. While you're at it, make sure you either borrow her copy or get your own….I recommend it.
If you heard a strange noise from the apartment upstairs would you make an effort to find out what happened? What if something happened, but the victim begged you to leave it alone? What if there was obvious evidence of violence, but the denials were adamant? Would you forget about it and walk away? What if you were only seventeen?
I'm Cy McEntire. I wouldn't call myself a typical teenager. I'm only average in the smarts department. I can boast of only a few insignificant run ins with girls of less than stellar moral character. I often have no idea what city or state my Dad is currently staying in, and I get up practically before the dawn to apply the tar like substance to my hair that finishes off my “look.” (Purposefully becoming a freak everyday to try to give your Dad a conniption fit is more time consuming than it may at first appear).
Meeting Lizzy was an accident…but one I'd never be able to forget.
I was just sitting at home watching Law & Order reruns when I heard a girl in the apartment upstairs. She was hurt. I was breaking the golden rule of being a successful hermit, but I couldn't help it. If what I thought was happening in that upstairs apartment was actually happening…I had to find out. I was so sure that I would be wrong that when I wasn't I had no idea what to do. So I didn't do anything. It was obvious the girl was being abused, but she adamantly denied anything was wrong. What was I supposed to do? I'm not all knowing…I just left. But I couldn't get the girl out of my head.
About the Author:
SarahBeth is the author of LJW Publishing's first fiction book: Meeting Lizzy. She can't seem to stop reading and at times it seems that writing is her only form of effective communication. SarahBeth graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in English Literature followed by a slew of previous majors that she thoroughly enjoyed experimenting with. She's married with two kids and sometimes wonders if she has come home to an insane asylum, but then…isn't that normal? She someday wants to spend the night in an Irish castle and possibly, if it's allowed, touch one of the stones at Stonehenge.
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