How She Died, How I Lived by Mary Crockett

How She Died, How I Lived

I was one of five. The five girls Kyle texted that day. The girls it could have been. Only Jamie--beautiful, saintly Jamie--was kind enough to respond. And it got her killed.On the eve of Kyle's sentencing a year after Jamie's death, all the other "chosen ones" are coping in various ways. But our tenacious narrator is full of anger, stuck somewhere between the horrifying past and the unknown future as she tries to piece together why she gets to l...

Details How She Died, How I Lived

TitleHow She Died, How I Lived
Release DateNov 13th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Reviews How She Died, How I Lived

  • Kayla Brunson
    "I want to be alive. And to be okay with being alive."I went into this book expecting to come out an emotional wreck. Sadly, that wasn't my outcome. In short, this book lacked the dept that I was expecting and was really formed as just another contemporary. Now, I'm not saying that it's a bad book. This covers topics from survivor's guilt, moving on, and being true to yourself. I feel like we could have really dived more deeply into those emotio...
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    1.5 STARSWhen people say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” believe them. The cover and blurb of HOW SHE DIED, HOW I LIVED made me think I’d read an emotionally-charged thriller. Instead the book left me not caring.Mary Crockett’s writing is the strongest part of the book, the plot and characters are the weakest. HOW SHE DIED, HOW I LIVED is filled with dysfunctional relationships, often due to lack of communication, yet Crockett rarel...
  • Shelby
    I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.I really, really enjoyed “How She Died, How I Lived,” much more than I was anticipating. I was expecting it to be a bit of a thriller, definitely on the darker side, but I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of emotion in this book. We follow our main character (who remains mysteriously unnamed) as she deals with survivor’s guilt. She and four other girls were texted by a ...
  • Crystal Zavala
    First, let me say that I should have checked to see who the target audience was before I started this book. The book cover says 14+, so I am going to take that to mean that it is considered to be YA. After reading the book, I would definitely agree that it is written for a high schooler. The topics are probably a little too heavy for a middle reader. Because I didn't realize that the book was written for 14-18 year olds, I initially struggled wit...
  • Paige Green
    Disclaimer: I received this book from KidLitExchange. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Rating: 3/5Publication Date: November 13th, 2018Genre: YA ContemporaryRecommended Age: 15+ (survivor’s guilt, tragedy, regret, grief, mature scenes, romance) (trigger warning for rape and murder)Pages: 416Author WebsiteAmazon LinkSynopsis: I was one of five. The five girls Kyle texted that day. The girls it could have been. Only Jamie--beautiful, saintly Jamie...
  • Stephanie Ward
    'How She Died, How I Lived' is a very relevant and heartbreaking young adult contemporary novel that deals with several important topics and real life scenarios. I know that there's supposed to be a silver lining in this book, a sense of hope that filters through. But for me, this book was just incredibly sad and thought provoking. The topics that it covers - survivor's guilt, death, hate, love, forgiveness, moving on, being true to yourself (to ...
  • Kate
    ***I received a free eArc from Edelweiss***Although the hook is what caught me- 5 local girls are sent a text that only one of them answers, and when she meets with the boy they all know, she is brutally beaten, raped, and murdered- I stayed for the MC's grief and sense of being outside her old life. A year later and our main character, un-named, is dealing with survivor's guilt, her world once more rocked by the killer's upcoming sentencing. She...
  • Bookworm LLC
    How She Died, How I Lived is a story about a girl who was murdered and the friends who were left to wonder why her. I liked the story line but felt there were times the author went "Squirrel". At times it took reading a paragraph before you understood who was telling the story. I just don't know what else to say about it. The writing style wasn't to my liking.
  • Emmi Rose (emmirosereads)
    Thank you once again to the NOVL for sending me an early copy to read and review. I'm confident that this is not a case of a bad book at all. How She Died, How I lived was well written, with solid characters and a great premise. I think it simply just wasn't a book for me and wasn't what I was expecting. It didn't quite provoke the emotions I thought it would either. For being a book about survivors guilt and grief I felt like it didn't go into m...
  • Alex (Briennai)
    The main character is beating herself up because she feels that Kyle should have killed her, not her friend Jamie. She almost went to meet Kyle, and it could have been her. Now, a year later, Kyle is getting sentenced. She has to go with her other four friends and testify against him, and she will see him for the first time since he killed Jamie. She doesn't know how she is going to deal with it, or her attraction to Charlie, Jamie's ex-boyfriend...
  • Lily (latestreads)
    *Thank you to TheNovl for sending me an ARC of this book. Please know that the opinions expressed are my own.2.5 stars"I was one of five. The five girls Kyle texted that day. The girls it could have been. Only Jamie--beautiful, saintly Jamie--was kind enough to respond. And it got her killed."At first glance, I thought that this book would be filled with the suspense of the narrator's story and her near miss with death. Instead, How She Died, How...
  • Emily (Richmond Reader)
    3.5* [First impression- this book is a thriller. After reading- way more contemporary.]For someone (me) who is already so hyper aware of what happens to girls at the hands of selfish, angry and desperate men... I just don't want this book to make others paranoid. We shouldn't live our lives in fear. Live aware, live safely, live smart, but not paranoid or in constant fear.This is a story of survivor's guilt.Our main character has no name. This wa...
  • Lovely Loveday
    How She Died, How I Lived is one of those books that is hard to place into a certain category, not a thriller or mystery. A story that is an emotionally intense read that touches on a wide range of emotions from love, grief, forgiveness, second chances, and dying. When a life is cut short because of a horrific attack many wonders why her and not one of the other girls that day. “Why wasn’t it me?”  An intriguing read that is sure to keep...
  • Heidi Hobson
    How She Died, How I Lived is a powerful story about what it means to be a teenage girl in a world where others feel entitled to your body. It's also about trauma, grief, and learning to love yourself. I felt Crockett did a really good job, except one chapter towards the end which was both preachy and unnecessary.This is a great read for young women who want a role model who speaks up for herself, but also for young men who don't understand why th...
  • Emily
    This book is one that is amazingly real and hauntingly poetic. The story is one that could happen at anytime and it doesn’t cover the dirt of humanity and the recklessness of human emotion. Instead, it makes you feel and puts you in a position to understand what victims and families of those who have lost loved ones to violence have gone through in their grief and pain. This book is one that I will definitely pick up again.
  • Lindsay
    A meaningful story centered on justice and what it means to forgive.Thank you Edelweiss for the ARC.
  • Deborah Hightower
    Thriller about an unspeakable crime and how the teenagers that knew the victim struggled to heal and go on with their lives. Good read.
  • Written Melodies
    At times, the book was a bit dark, but it was an interesting read.
  • Katy Wineke
    A mostly beautiful look at life--and living, death, forgiveness, and love.
  • Mariana D
    This book was very good and very deep.And very very dark. I love the cover art.If you are innocent, do not read this because it will ruin your innocence.
  • Kris
    I enjoyed this book a lot. The story was intriguing and I’m glad I got to read it early
  • Hannah
    This was such a boring book. Nothing really happened. And I dont even know why it affected her as much as it did. I mean, Jaime wasnt even a friend. It was just dumb.
  • Madelyn
    What happens when you're the one left behind? Layered & thoughtful. I still hear the narrator's voice in my head.
  • Tricia Leininger
    How She Died, How I Lived by Mary Crockett is an emotionally intense read that touches on grief, love, living, dying, and most of all forgiveness. A life was taken in a vicious attack that could have been any of five girls texted one day. However, the only one to respond was Jamie, and her kindness got her killed. How do you live with knowing that if you’d just responded to the text, Jamie may still be alive? Get into our narrator’s head and ...