Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Gifted Ones Review

  The Gifted Ones
Title: The Gifted Ones
Author: Lisa Vaughn
A Memoir
Release Date: April 19, 2011
Source: Author

Blurb: Lisa was conservatively raised in a Catholic family in no-where middle America, where excitement is scarce and dreams are for sleeping. Little did she know, at age thirteen, she would suddenly find herself on a totally different path. Through an unlikely chance meeting of a fellow classmate, she's surprisingly mesmerized, almost consumed, to befriend a girl who is obviously from the other side of the tracks...the cool side. Lisa does whatever she has to just to be accepted into this small club of coolness. Little did she realize, she was signing up for a lot more than social status. The two best friends find themselves innocently taking their relationship to a foreign level neither had experienced or saw coming. A rollercoaster ride littered with choices and challenges Lisa never fathomed facing, especially in no-where Middle America. She will find out what she is made of as she faces the consequences and struggles that come along with going against the grain. Throughout their six year relationship, you will witness a touching story of human nature at it's best...and at it's worst. Showing just how far the human spirit can be challenged and pushed to a point where your “fight or flight” instincts naturally kick in. Struggling just to survive in a world where you are not like everyone else, but at the same time you really are. The daily struggles- both internal and external- are exhausting, yet necessary in their quest for one simple human Finally breaking through all constraints that hold them back, reaching levels of one-ness that few actually obtain in a lifetime with their partner...only to find once they've reached that special place, it's not quite the right fit...for one of them, at least. This contemporary story will lead the reader through highs and lows, giving insight to the every day challenges of the socially unaccepted, which will no doubt leave them rooting for the underdog. Appealing to a wide variety of audiences, both homosexual and heterosexual, as the true message is not sexually based. A true story of human resilience and the power of love...plain and simple.

Warning: This Memoir had me laughing at times and in tears at times. This is a must read about love, loss and everything in between.

My Rating: 5 of 5

My Cover Thoughts: I love the broken chain links. To me it showed me a sign that if a strong link chain can be broken anything can.

My Thoughts/Review: I had no idea what this book was going to mean to me. I have never read a memoir on my own but for school I have. This is a story about true love and loss. This is a journey through Lisa’s eyes, as she shares her inner most secrets and fears you get to see her life first hand.

Growing up in a rural town Lisa always knew she wanted to get of that poodunk town. Her life changed when she meet Selina. Selina was the most beautiful person she had ever seen and she wanted to be friends with her. They shared a home economics class and soon became fast friends. After a while they became best friends and started sharing everything together. As their friendship grew so did their love for one another until one day the skipped school and hung out at an abandoned building and kissed. After that day their lives were turned upside down.

This is a heartfelt story shared with raw emotion about a girl’s first love that happened to be a girl and the struggles they faced as a lesbian couple. This is also a story of true love that could not stand the test of time. We find out certain things about the lesbian community in the early seventies and we learn that loving someone and losing them is never easy and a broken heart takes time to heal.

If any of you know what it is like to love someone who you are not supposed to love this book will give you hope of the life ever after. It does not matter whether you are gay, straight, or bi love is love and when you love someone hard and things don’t go as planned the heart breaks the same way.

Advice: I absolutely loved this memoir and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone that wants to learn what true love is.

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