When the school year begins, Elizabeth Carter’s life is fantastic, and she is a happy, confident, well-adjusted teenager. She and her best friend Meg are not only on the school tennis team but are even candidates for the varsity level. Elizabeth is in advanced classes and already planning for a bright future. She is ecstatic when greatly-admired Brad Evans asks her out. Slowly and insidiously, though, Brad takes over her life. Readers will find themselves on a tumultuous journey filled with both joy and pain that ultimately is a search for love, friendship, and identity.
Losing Elizabeth addresses the very core of teen life experience, which is learning to engage in meaningful relationships at the same time as an independent sense of self is developing. The novel reaches the young adult reader deep inside her heart and soul and speaks not only to what she likes but to whom she is and what she is becoming.
Losing Elizabeth received Storytellers Campfires 2014 Most Distinguished Honorary Book Award for being “a book which has made a significant difference in the world.”
“This is a cautionary tale teenage girls (and boys) should read. The very realistic picture drawn of an abusive, controlling relationship is something an unfortunately good number of young people will recognize only too well…. [T]he story is compelling and should be enough to keep the pages turning.” — The Sacramento Book Review & The San Francisco Book Review
“…[T]his young adult novel quite simply grabbed me. Losing Elizabeth is a good book. But more than that, it’s an important book, especially for teenagers who are just getting into romantic relationships. Author, Tanya Peterson, handles the subject with expertise and sensitivity.” — Sue Bronson, Colonygram, the official newsletter of The Oregon Writers Colony
“The staff at Storytellers Campfire highly recommends this book for parents and young teens and young adults. This is a strong story and a necessary one.” —Storytellers Campfire, “Where Literary Art Comes To Life”
“This book by Tanya J. Peterson should be read by every teenage girl. It will show them the darker side of some guys that they may not see or choose not to see. “Losing Elizabeth” will open everyone’s eyes to the rough subject of abuse. I would give this book ten stars if I could. 🙂 Not only is it a great story, it is well-written and fast paced. I couldn’t put it down! I look forward to reading more books by this author.” —Hailey17, amazon.com
“Yes, the story is solid and well told, with all the subtleties of teenage attraction and naivete as they approach their first relationship with the opposite sex. [B]ut the important aspect of this novel is in its providing a story to which young adults can relate that warns about abusive relationships….And for that reason, Tanya J. Peterson has performed a social duty in addition to writing a fine little book.” —Grady Harp, amazon.com
“Losing Elizabeth is a powerful read that needs to be in every high school. Tanya J. Peterson did an excellent job and the characters were very realistic. This book made me very angry to think how often this story happens.” —Brianne Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org
“Losing Elizabeth is a book every young woman and her parents should read, it gives insight into how easily our young people can be swayed. Tanya Peterson is a gifted author who expresses exactly what goes on in our schools today. Social Pressures are enormous to handle at this age. Great job, great book.” —Deb Roseth, amazon.com
“Losing Elizabeth by Tanya J. Peterson…is a young adult book I definitely want to share with my daughters….Never before have I read a book with an exclusive focus on this subject…With sensitivity and grace, the author of Losing Elizabeth paints a realistic and troubling scenario for readers….This short but harrowing story will stay with me for a long time.” —Susan Ortlieb, Lost in Fiction’s Lost in Young Adult event
“This book had me from the first page. Once I picked it up, I literally could not put it down….As I read this book I started to feel for Elizabeth and see how hard it truly is to get out of an abusive relationship….I suggest this book to everyone and anyone. [It] gives you an inside scoop to a controlling and abusive relationship.” —Shirleytemple, amazon.com
“…[T]his is a good read from start to finish. I feel this is an important book for all to read–teenagers, pre-teens, and even adults….I see this as highly recommended reading.” —Marsha
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Honors & Awards
Named to Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016
My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel
Named to Kirkus Reviews’ list of Best Books of 2014
U.S. Review of Books
Recipient of the Storytellers Campfire Marble Book Award for being a “book which has made a significant difference in the world.”