{Free Reading} Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That's When My Nightmare Began Author Alex Cooper – Vansonphu.com

Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That's When My Nightmare Began When Alex Cooper was fifteen years old, life was pretty ordinary in her sleepy suburban town and nice Mormon family At church and at home, Alex was taught that God had a plan for everyone But something was gnawing at her that made her feel different These feelings exploded when she met Yvette, a girl who made Alex feel alive in a new way, and with whom Alex would quickly fall in loveAlex knew she was holding a secret that could shatter her family, her church community, and her life Yet when this secret couldn t be hidden any longer, she told her parents that she was gay, and the nightmare began She was driven from her home in Southern California to Utah, where, against her will, her parents handed her over to fellow Mormons who promised to save Alex from her homosexualityFor eight harrowing months, Alex was held captive in an unlicensed residential treatment program modeled on the many therapeutic boot camps scattered across Utah Alex was physically and verbally abused, and many days she was forced to stand facing a wall wearing a heavy backpack full of rocks Her captors used faith to punish and terrorize her With the help of a dedicated legal team in Salt Lake City, Alex eventually escaped and made legal history in Utah by winning the right to live under the law s protection as an openly gay teenagerAlex is not alone the headlines continue to splash stories about gay conversion therapy and rehabilitation centers that promise to save teenagers from their sexuality Saving Alex is a courageous memoir that tells Alex s story in the hopes that it will bring awareness and justice to this important issue A bold, inspiring story of one girl s fight for freedom, acceptance, and truth


10 thoughts on “Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That's When My Nightmare Began

  1. Rachel Rachel says:

    This book is about Alex, who grew up LDS When she came out to her parents, they kicked her out and then found a family in St George, Utah, to convert her into being straight Except that family wasn t licensed at all, and ended up abusing her physically, emotionally, and spiritually and also, it s not possible to change a person s sexual ori


  2. Sharon Sharon says:

    I m torn on how to rate this one The story itself was so compelling and felt like an important story to be told The writing was decent, but not amazing I also felt like I was left with some unanswered questions at the end of the book, although perhaps they are unanswered because Alex is still so young and might not even know the answers yet Overa


  3. Margaret Margaret says:

    The subtitle says it all This is a memoir about Alex Cooper s problems being a lesbian teen in a Mormon family Her parents loved her, and she loved them in return She admits in the book that she was quite a handful as a teen she drank, smoked pot, and went on trips with friends without her parents permission But the one transgression they could not for


  4. B.A. Wilson B.A. Wilson says:

    The teacher that still lurks inside me fought a constant battle between rage and sorrow while reading this true story I m horrified that any adult would behave this way towards a child, despite the fact that I ve seen and heard even worse POTENTIAL SPOILERS YOU VE BEEN WARNEDI m proud of Alex but ashamed of many of the adults in this novel, including her par


  5. Sara Sara says:

    An infuriating read The Utah Cooper describes is chillingly close to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, a place where the semblance of happy family life and a seemingly sympathetic gaze mask unfeeling conformity, but it s her ability to find empathy for both her parents and captors even while justifiably wanting to run the latter over that makes this book both moving


  6. Traci Haley Traci Haley says:

    Fuck the people who did this to Alex.Fuck the Mormon church And any other church that condones hateful acts like this book tells about.Fuck her parents.Fuck Tiana and Johnny, whoever they really are.Fuck the people who looked past Alex and didn t say anything.Fuck any close minded, hard hearted BIGOTS because that s who you are who ever think that being gay, lesbian, tr


  7. Kelly Sierra Kelly Sierra says:

    I m giving this story 3 stars because of the missing information, the novice writing, and some small issues I had with the layout however, this book was an amazing and tragic story that is necessary to share This happensoften than not and it makes me mad, it makes me disgusted, and it also makes me sad Loving someone does not give you the right, authority, or ability to chang


  8. Patty Patty says:

    This book is as horrific as you might expect based on the title It s heart breaking that only a few years ago, a girl not much younger than I am experienced something this horrific in the United States with her parents approval and encouragement Every layer of her story makes me so sick to my stomach The people who knew, were involved, bore witness, or heard of her stories of her a


  9. Rae Rae says:

    THIS BOOK MADE ME SICK.The crimes against young LGBT in the Mormon faith is nauseating to say the very least and Alex Cooper s outspoken memoir is heartbreakingly just that She explains the what s, how s, where s and who s but is left asking all sorts of why s Young and courageous, Alex stands up and tells her story of surviving being abused as a lesbian teenager in Arizona California.


  10. Angie Angie says:

    I m not giving this a rating It doesn t seem right to rate someone s life, even if I ve done so in the past and will probably rate other memoirs after this, but this time it doesn t feel right to rate it on a five point scale that wouldn t truly capture the importance of this story Because Alex s story is horrifying and hard to read and maddening and really, really important, especially in an


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