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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
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5 out of 5 stars
By erobbins33 on 07-09-15

Dysfunctional, yet moving

If you could sum up Please Love Me in three words, what would they be?

Please love yourself

What other book might you compare Please Love Me to and why?

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.

Have you listened to any of Rebecca Roberts’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

If you could take any character from Please Love Me out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Peter. He was the only person I had any affection for.

Any additional comments?

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Carl Goelz on 12-10-14

I got pulled in by the narration

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.

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