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.
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Dysfunctional, yet moving
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.
I got pulled in by the narration
- Carl Goelz