For as long as she can remember, 17-year-old Peyton Bound has struggled to remain strong despite being lost in the whirlwind of her emotionally disturbed mother's life...then she finds Matthew Adler at a frat party. He's the first boy who kisses her with open eyes; Peyton finally sees herself in their sparkling reflection. She's sure that her fairytale moment has finally arrived, the day when everything will magically fall into place, and the burdens of her disturbing childhood will begin to lift. But when everything goes wrong, Peyton can no longer run from the truth about herself. Something is missing, and no one can save her.
Artist and writer Penelope Przekop grew up in Louisiana during the 1970s and 80s. Despite fictional elements, Please Love Me is her memoir; she is Peyton Bound, a character she created as a young adult to understand how she fell into a destructive relationship that led to a suicide attempt, and violent public cry for help. As she wrote the book, she realized it was about much more than first love gone wrong. It was about her dysfunctional childhood, her mentally ill mother, and her desperation to break free.
Please Love Me gives a raw voice to some of the deepest issues contributing to teenage suicide. It is an honest look into the human spirit's need for love and truth in a world full of craziness, and just how far some will go to find it.
©2013 Penelope Przekop (P)2013 Penelope Przekop
I love audiobooks!!!
Please love yourself
I don't think I've ever read anything quite so unsettling before. Maybe Stephen Kings "Carrie", but less extreme, and without the bloody/scary parts.
Yes, I've listened to several. I think she consistently does a really good job with all of the books she narrates . I don't feel like I have to concentrate, and can just let her voice flow through my brain. When she changes characters, there is no jarring change in her demeanor, she just assumes the voice of the character as if people are rely having a conversation.
Peter. He was the only person I had any affection for.
This was a really dark story. Peyton had some really hard psychological issues that a lot of teenage girls face. Low self esteem, lack of social etiquette, and some really dysfunctional family relationships all played a part in this girl's selfish and erratic behavior.
This is not my typical kind of book but was recommended to me by a friend. At first I was not that interested but the narration kept me listening long enough to get involved in the character's stories. As someone who spends a great deal of time listening to books, I find that the narrator can often make or break a listening experience and that was certainly the case here. It's great when you can forget that there is someone reading the book and just hear the story.
Once I got involved with the book though, I had to know how it would end.
This book falls somewhere in the middle among all of the audiobooks that I've read. I liked the general storyline but there were times when Peyton's desperation to be loved just became to much.
I thought the end might have turned out differently. I wasn't surprised by it though. It seemed fitting.
Peyton really came to life. You could really feel her desperation, loneliness and need to be loved. She was almost childlike in her naïveté. Rebecca Roberts performed the part really well. You could feel Peyton's emotions pouring off of her as you listened.
No, I don't think I would want to. I enjoy listening to some of a book and then coming back to it after being able to process and think about what I've read or listened to.
This is the second book I've listened to by this author and there is a definite theme going on. There is always an undertone of motherly neglect and forced religion along with a yearning to be loved.
This book is about a girl named Peyton in her late teens who is just desperate to be loved and accepted. She has never gotten the unconditional love she needed from her mentally ill, religion obsessed mother and searches for it in other relationships. It's an interesting story of a girl's self destruction in search for a love she will not find in the places that she is looking. Its actually quite sad.
You could feel the desperation within Peyton and her need to be loved. The neglect of her mother paved the way for her feelings of insecurity and search for love in inappropriate places. I felt sorry for Peyton but there was a point when I also felt embarrassed for her. It was sad.
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. It is unbiased and my own opinion.
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