Living Your Life by Kelly Smith

It's about a sixteen year old girl who has been struggling with a dark secret for a few years.

She doesn't believe in love because she knows she is going to die,but what happens when she meets some new people and one of them eventually becomes her boyfriend? Will she tell them the truth or let them find out the hard way?

  • Classification: Universal
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  • First submitted April 9, 2010
  • Last updated April 9, 2010
Living Your Life
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  • silvachilla's avatar
    silvachilla wrote 3 years, 11 months ago
    Hi Kelly Interesting pitch. Only thing that puts me off is the 'it's about a...' it feels slightly...odd. The SP really needs to grab the reader in, if it were me, I'd look at changing it a bit, and include the name of your MC. And gosh, your cover is lovely :) So your intro has a lot of drama, I like that. But, the scream over and over' threw me off. Screaming would make more sense, I think. 'This ...
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    Su Dan wrote 4 years ago

    brilliant style, here moves this story along nicely. you use the present tence that works and you stay in that tence, which can be difficult...
    l have backed,,...
    6 stars******
    read SEASONS...

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    klouholmes wrote 5 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Kelly, You’ve captured the strong, concealed emotions of Amy. And her responses after meeting the kids at her new school. I wondered if her mirror really shattered? Although it’s not said, I can feel that she is hiding something. And with so much emphasis on physical appearance? The writing is direct and has a nice technique with the interior during the character action. Shelved – Katherine

  • alison woodward's avatar
    alison woodward wrote 5 years, 2 months ago

    what makes this so sad is that there are girls out there suffering like poor amy, you have written this well , backed

    alison

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    Diggory Steele-Perkins [Retired] wrote 5 years, 2 months ago
    Hi, just randomly came across your book so thought I would comment. The prologue, 'gosh, shut up', to me sounded quite polite ? But that could be just what the character says. Why not sob for hours, no need to say it seemed like hours. 'It was a bad habit. But whatever' Hmmm, actually I would rather know more here. IT's a powerful statement and seems a pity to end it. The last statement, I know what you are getting ...
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  • Barry Wenlock's avatar
    Barry Wenlock wrote 5 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Kelly, poor Amy.
    You have really captured her angst, and pain as well as her 16ness.
    I'd like to see you write lots more for this and edit what you have written. After which, I'd have thought this had a good chance of being marketable as a YA read.
    Backed with pleasure, Barry
    Little Krisna and the Bihar Boys

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    Beval [Retired] wrote 5 years, 2 months ago

    I feel there are many layers here tackling some difficult issues of body image and teenage emotional development.
    Good luck with it.

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    SusieGulick wrote 5 years, 2 months ago
    Dear Kelly, I love romance, fantasy, & thriller - what a combo. :) Your blurb is good, as is also you prologue, because it prepared me to read your book. Your story is good because you create interest by having short paragraphs & lots of dialogue, which makes me want to keep reading to find out what's going to happen next. I'm backing/commenting on your book to help it advance. Could you please return the favor by taking a moment ...
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    lynn clayton [Retired] wrote 5 years, 2 months ago

    Kelly, this book must be read and I've a feeling it will be published. Though a serious book, it's also commercial simply because so many people who suffer as Amy does will want to buy it. Very best of luck for it. Backed. Lynn

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    Rubedo wrote 5 years, 2 months ago

    This is a great idea for a story. Your writing brings out the characters. Backed, with pleasure.

  • Marija F.Sullivan's avatar
    Marija F.Sullivan wrote 5 years, 2 months ago

    I have just read three chapters and I can see this becoming even more fascinating read.
    Pleased to back,
    M (Weekend Chimney Sweep)

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    Famlavan wrote 5 years, 2 months ago

    Living your life

    Very, very impressive read very intriguing inner voice. I think you have captured that soul searching time of finding life values and self-esteem identity with all the anguish and pain that is sometime associated with this. Well written!

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    yasmin esack [Retired] wrote 5 years, 2 months ago

    Exciting and fascinating read
    best

  • Colin Normanshaw's avatar
    Colin Normanshaw wrote 5 years, 2 months ago

    This is powerful stuff Kelly. The inner dialogue of your MC is spot on, and brings immediate empathy from the reader. If you want this to do really well though, you need a thorough edit as there are a number of typing errors ("were" instead of "we're" in the Prologue for example) that need ironing out. Good luck with this. Backed. Colin

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    lionel25 wrote 5 years, 2 months ago

    Kelly, I like the originality of your prologue and first chapter. I also like the true-to-life dialogue. This is a good read.

    Backed with pleasure.

    Joffrey (The Silver Spoon Effect)

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    J. G. Reynolds [Retired] wrote 5 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Kelly
    Wow, you have teen angst off to a fine art. Really intelligent portrayal of what it's like. Backed (a few days ago).
    Hope you're tip top,
    JG Reynolds (Head, Heart & Trousers).

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    Sharatola wrote 5 years, 2 months ago

    a useful read

  • Mot The Hoople's avatar
    Mot The Hoople wrote 5 years, 2 months ago

    Disturbing but gripping. Backed

  • Michelle H.'s avatar
    Michelle H. wrote 5 years, 2 months ago
    Hi Kelly, You've done a great job portraying the angst of a teenage girl, although Amy seems perhaps a little more disturbed than most (the cutting in Chapter 1). She also seems obsessed with her weight, although that's not all that unusual in today's model-thin-obsessed society. But Amy seems to take it to a higher level, making me wonder if she suffers from bulimia (especially when she mentions throwing up in Chapter 3). There were a few minor spelling and ...
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  • Margaret Anthony's avatar
    Margaret Anthony wrote 5 years, 2 months ago
    This isn't a read, it's a ride and I love it. Amy carries me through all the hoops she's jumping , feeling her contempt for her body image, understanding why she self-harms and sharing the disgust and despair. Maybe it's because I taught youngsters like her and this angry voice, like theirs, tells me about her pain yet all the while it's a cry for help. The edit this needs is easily done. What's important is the audience this will ...
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