How She Died, How I Lived

How She Died, How I Lived

I was one of five. The five girls Kyle texted that day. The girls it could have been. Only Jamie--beautiful, saintly Jamie--was kind enough to respond. And it got her killed.On the eve of Kyle's sentencing a year after Jamie's death, all the other "chosen ones" are coping in various ways. But our tenacious narrator is full of anger, stuck somewhere between the horrifying p...

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Title:How She Died, How I Lived
Author:Mary Crockett
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How She Died, How I Lived Reviews

  • Kate

    ***I received a free eArc from Edelweiss***

    Although the hook is what caught me- 5 local girls are sent a text that only one of them answers, and when she meets with the boy they all know, she is brutally beaten, raped, and murdered- I stayed for the MC's grief and sense of being outside her old life.

    A year later and our main character, un-named, is dealing with survivor's guilt, her world once more rocked by the killer's upcoming sentencing. She's also starting to fall for the dead girl's boyfr

    ***I received a free eArc from Edelweiss***

    Although the hook is what caught me- 5 local girls are sent a text that only one of them answers, and when she meets with the boy they all know, she is brutally beaten, raped, and murdered- I stayed for the MC's grief and sense of being outside her old life.

    A year later and our main character, un-named, is dealing with survivor's guilt, her world once more rocked by the killer's upcoming sentencing. She's also starting to fall for the dead girl's boyfriend, both of them haunted by memories, anger and confusion.

    This is one of those books that's so hard to put in a category, not a thriller or a mystery, although our MC's world is now filled with the knowledge that a boy she hardly knew had premeditated her murder, but any girl would have done as long as she answered his text. It's not a romance, although it contains love stories, broken hearts and unrequited love. It's not a just a book about grief, although it is a major issue all the characters are dealing with. It's all those things, all those emotions.

    This is definitely going on my top ten of 2018 list!

    **I also read the author's notes at the end, and how she came by the idea for this story, which made me love the story even more.***

  • Shelby

    I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

    I really, really enjoyed “How She Died, How I Lived,” much more than I was anticipating. I was expecting it to be a bit of a thriller, definitely on the darker side, but I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of emotion in this book. We follow our main character (who remains mysteriously unnamed) as she deals with survivor’s guilt. She and four other girls were texted by a boy named Kyle. Only one replied—and she was raped and m

    I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

    I really, really enjoyed “How She Died, How I Lived,” much more than I was anticipating. I was expecting it to be a bit of a thriller, definitely on the darker side, but I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of emotion in this book. We follow our main character (who remains mysteriously unnamed) as she deals with survivor’s guilt. She and four other girls were texted by a boy named Kyle. Only one replied—and she was raped and murdered for doing so. Our main character now struggles as, a year later, Kyle’s trial is coming up and she must testify.

    This first thing I want to mention is the writing style. The way the story is told is absolutely mesmerizing. I genuinely cannot express how beautifully written this book is, so cue me being redundant and repetitive.

    I also loved our characters! Lindsey, Charlie, and our main character were all fleshed out so well. I felt like they were real people, living a real life and struggling through real things. I love a character driven story, and that’s exactly what this was. The narrator was trying to find out how she could be okay with surviving when the “better person” was killed—and it could have just as easily been her. This internal struggle (that occasionally was voiced externally) was such a raw and emotional one to see. The author did a wonderful job of explaining what the character was going through.

    Overall, I was so happy with “How She Died, How I Lived.” I was hesitant going into it because I was afraid it was going to be really out of my comfort zone, but I’m so glad I picked it up! I would absolutely recommend this to anyone.

  • Sarah {Literary Meanderings}

    Hated the love interest in this one. Ugh. Review to come

  • Stephanie Ward

    'How She Died, How I Lived' is a very relevant and heartbreaking young adult contemporary novel that deals with several important topics and real life scenarios. I know that there's supposed to be a silver lining in this book, a sense of hope that filters through. But for me, this book was just incredibly sad and thought provoking. The topics that it covers - survivor's guilt, death, hate, love, forgiveness, moving on, being true to yourself (to name just a few) are really serious and incredibly

    'How She Died, How I Lived' is a very relevant and heartbreaking young adult contemporary novel that deals with several important topics and real life scenarios. I know that there's supposed to be a silver lining in this book, a sense of hope that filters through. But for me, this book was just incredibly sad and thought provoking. The topics that it covers - survivor's guilt, death, hate, love, forgiveness, moving on, being true to yourself (to name just a few) are really serious and incredibly relevant to anyone in today's society. I empathized so much with the main character, it made me hurt inside to hear all the details inside the story. She was very realistic and easy to identify with right from the beginning. The story is told from the first person point of view, from the main character's perspective. I love this writing style and I think it's the perfect fit for this novel. It wouldn't have had the same impact if it had been written in another way. But the author hits a home run right into the reader's heart by using the narrator's first person POV. The other characters were pretty flat, which was fine with me because this seemed more like a single person character study anyway. Even though I enjoyed the story and found it incredibly moving, there was a part of me that just couldn't get completely into the novel. It might be because I don't normally read YA contemporary, so I felt way out of my comfort zone. It doesn't reflect on the story, the writing, or the author in any way - these are solely my personal opinions. I do definitely recommend it to fans of the genre as well as readers who are interested in very relevant topics in today's society and how people deal with tragedy.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Paige Green

    Disclaimer: I received this book from KidLitExchange. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

    Rating: 3/5

    Publication Date: November 13th, 2018

    Genre: YA Contemporary

    Recommended Age: 15+ (survivor’s guilt, tragedy, regret, grief, mature scenes, romance) (trigger warning for rape and murder)

    Pages: 416

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    Synopsis: I was one of five. The five girls Kyle texted that day. The girls it could have been. Only Jamie--beautiful, saintly Jamie--was kind enough to respond. And it got her killed.

    Disclaimer: I received this book from KidLitExchange. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

    Rating: 3/5

    Publication Date: November 13th, 2018

    Genre: YA Contemporary

    Recommended Age: 15+ (survivor’s guilt, tragedy, regret, grief, mature scenes, romance) (trigger warning for rape and murder)

    Pages: 416

    Author Website

    Amazon Link

    Synopsis: I was one of five. The five girls Kyle texted that day. The girls it could have been. Only Jamie--beautiful, saintly Jamie--was kind enough to respond. And it got her killed.

    On the eve of Kyle's sentencing a year after Jamie's death, all the other "chosen ones" are coping in various ways. But our tenacious narrator is full of anger, stuck somewhere between the horrifying past and the unknown future as she tries to piece together why she gets to live, while Jamie is dead.

    Now she finds herself drawn to Charlie, Jamie's boyfriend--knowing all the while that their relationship will always be haunted by what-ifs and why-nots. Is hope possible in the face of such violence? Is forgiveness? How do you go on living when you know it could have been you instead?

    I felt this story was okay. The characters were interesting and the plot was developed. The premise behind this book is really intriguing as well and I think it’s worth a read if you’re interested.

    However, I feel that the book was really really confusing. I got lost in the world constantly and I feel that the writing style didn’t help my confusion. The book really frustrated me and at the end I just skimmed over a lot of this book.

    Verdict: It’s worth the read if you can get through the text.

  • Crystal Zavala

    First, let me say that I should have checked to see who the target audience was before I started this book. The book cover says 14+, so I am going to take that to mean that it is considered to be YA. After reading the book, I would definitely agree that it is written for a high schooler. The topics are probably a little too heavy for a middle reader. Because I didn't realize that the book was written for 14-18 year olds, I initially struggled with the simplicity of the writing. However, if I had

    First, let me say that I should have checked to see who the target audience was before I started this book. The book cover says 14+, so I am going to take that to mean that it is considered to be YA. After reading the book, I would definitely agree that it is written for a high schooler. The topics are probably a little too heavy for a middle reader. Because I didn't realize that the book was written for 14-18 year olds, I initially struggled with the simplicity of the writing. However, if I had read this book as a high school girl, I would have loved it.

    Mary Crockett is also a poet as well as a novelist. I found that to be very clear as she had the characters reciting poetry, performing Shakespeare, and quoting song lyrics. Poetry is not my cup of tea, but I know it resonates with many teenagers.

    I found the story itself to be well written. The characters were all relatable as high school kids. There was one character that I felt didn't add to the story and was left hanging at the end. The parents did frustrate me because as a parent, because I would have all these children in therapy for going through the trauma that they had experienced.

    Overall, I do think that this book would be a good read for a teenager.

  • Kayla Brunson

    I went into this book expecting to come out an emotional wreck. Sadly, that wasn't my outcome. In short, this book lacked the dept that I was expecting and was really formed as just another contemporary. 

    Now, I'm not saying that it's a bad book. This covers topics from survivor's guilt, moving on, and being true to yourself. I feel like we could have really dived more deeply into those emotions, but the writing wasn't there. 

    I went into this book expecting to come out an emotional wreck. Sadly, that wasn't my outcome. In short, this book lacked the dept that I was expecting and was really formed as just another contemporary. 

    Now, I'm not saying that it's a bad book. This covers topics from survivor's guilt, moving on, and being true to yourself. I feel like we could have really dived more deeply into those emotions, but the writing wasn't there. 

    For the most part, I really enjoyed the narration that we received from Jaime. she asked the questions that are hard to ask. I liked being on the journey with her while she found a way to try and move on and learn to forgive for something tragic.

    What really drove my rating down was the romance. I didn't see the need for it nor did I like it. Being with someone who's girlfriend died a year ago when it could have been you just doesn't seem like it should happen. Charlie didn't really need to be in a relationship. He was full of too much grief and pain. He was still mourning the loss of Jaime. How can you be in a relationship with someone whose mourning the person they loved and expect them to love you too? 

    Overall, while it wasn't terrible, I just feel that the romance and excess background plot took away from this story being better for me. 

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    1.5 STARS

    When people say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” believe them. The cover and blurb of HOW SHE DIED, HOW I LIVED made me think I’d read an emotionally-charged thriller. Instead the book left me not caring.

    Mary Crockett’s writing is the strongest part of the book, the plot and characters are the weakest. HOW SHE DIED, HOW I LIVED is filled with dysfunctional relationships, often due to lack of communication, yet Crockett rarely addressed the problems. She did a good job of representing

    1.5 STARS

    When people say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” believe them. The cover and blurb of HOW SHE DIED, HOW I LIVED made me think I’d read an emotionally-charged thriller. Instead the book left me not caring.

    Mary Crockett’s writing is the strongest part of the book, the plot and characters are the weakest. HOW SHE DIED, HOW I LIVED is filled with dysfunctional relationships, often due to lack of communication, yet Crockett rarely addressed the problems. She did a good job of representing partying, but there were never any consequences other than hangovers. The PTSD she included seemed to be plot, not character motivated and then disappeared midway through the story.

    I disliked the ending most of all. The unnamed narrator decides to forgive the murderer after little introspection or therapy to process her feelings. She becomes preachy (not in a religious sense) and intolerant that the victim’s ex, her now boyfriend, still wants him dead.

    And what’s up with not giving the narrator a name.

    I don’t recommend HOW SHE DIED, HOW I LIVED.

  • Bee

    DNF at 48%

    It's interesting but also tediously boring.

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