The Gifted Ones

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Rated 4.38/5 based on 8 reviews
Conservatively raised Catholic,Lisa,at age thirteen,would suddenly find herself on a totally different path.
Through an unlikely chance meeting of a fellow classmate,she would soon find herself innocently taking their relationship to a foreign level neither saw coming...finding out what they are made of as they face the consequences and struggles that come along with going against the grain. More

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Words: 57,790
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465869845
About Lisa Vaughn

Lisa Vaughn, a self-proclaimed 'hippie-chick' and freelance artist, has taken her creative voice to a whole new medium, with her autobiography, The Gifted Ones. A true story of resilience that sends a strong message of acceptance and the power of love - told in a raw, honest format, much like talking to an old friend.

Everyone has a story...this just happens to be hers.

Lisa currently resides in Florida along with her loving husband and four cats, where she continues to create her visions of self-expression.

Reviews

Review by: your bookgeek on June 08, 2012 :
This is a thoroughly enjoyable memoir of queer life in the 80s which is written in a very personable, witty and captivating prose. Most of the spelling and grammar mistakes can be taken as expression of the unique voice of the author and don't cramp the style to much.
I loved "warden" Peggy and the lively writing of Lisa Vaughn.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Melissa Haggerty on Feb. 22, 2012 :
The Gifted Ones by Lisa Vaughn was a beautiful memoir of a girl's journey to find love and who she truly is.

Lisa lived in a typical small town in the Midwest while she was growing up. She was raised Catholic. Lisa found herself in a constant power struggle with her mother, but she and her younger sister were overall well behaved children with two typical parents. Dad working outside the home, mom raising the children and keeping up the house.

When Lisa was in Junior High she met Selena and so began their amazing journey together. They started out as friends but soon found that they were so much more. Together they would face many challenges that would test their love. Discovery in a world that did not yet accept their feelings was one major issues. They learned to hide their relationship. Together they found jobs, dealt with family problems, made their way through school, and discovered their independence.

This was the first memoir I have ever read, so I was unsure if I would enjoy it or not. That was never an issue. It is a truly captivating story that had me wondering what would happen next.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Melissa Haggerty on Feb. 22, 2012 :
The Gifted Ones by Lisa Vaughn was a beautiful memoir of a girl's journey to find love and who she truly is.

Lisa lived in a typical small town in the Midwest while she was growing up. She was raised Catholic. Lisa found herself in a constant power struggle with her mother, but she and her younger sister were overall well behaved children with two typical parents. Dad working outside the home, mom raising the children and keeping up the house.

When Lisa was in Junior High she met Selena and so began their amazing journey together. They started out as friends but soon found that they were so much more. Together they would face many challenges that would test their love. Discovery in a world that did not yet accept their feelings was one major issues. They learned to hide their relationship. Together they found jobs, dealt with family problems, made their way through school, and discovered their independence.

This was the first memoir I have ever read, so I was unsure if I would enjoy it or not. That was never an issue. It is a truly captivating story that had me wondering what would happen next.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Brian Hayden on Jan. 19, 2012 :
Review of “The Gifted Ones” by Lisa Vaughn
I do not review books. I write them. I sometimes share them with my fellow writers. Last fall, Lisa and I swapped books. From the moment she proclaimed herself “Lisa The Great” I was hooked. By the time I finished the book, I felt compelled to share my experience with Lisa Vaughn. Lisas’ story is a coming of age memoir of a young girl growing up in middle America. Her relationship with her stern and usually religious parents unfolds before us. The trials of school, finding a friend – then finding quite unexpectedly a special friend are subjects nearly all of us can relate to, at least on some level. The story on its own merits was wonderful. Add to it, Lisa’s expertise in crafting that story and you have a “feel good” memoir that will put a smile on your face. Lisa Vaughn is Raw sometimes. But it is real language that elevate the story. Her frank discussion of a young girl’s discoveries is equally raw and revealing AND essential, as that language is precisely what draws you into her world and connects you. Lisa Vaughn is a special writer with the ability not only to tell an interesting story, but put magic in her words to draw you in as if you are there, watching from the sidelines. “The Gifted Ones” by Lisa Vaughn is a MUST READ for all lovers of true stories.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Brian Hayden on Jan. 19, 2012 :
Review of “The Gifted Ones” by Lisa Vaughn
I do not review books. I write them. I sometimes share them with my fellow writers. Last fall, Lisa and I swapped books. From the moment she proclaimed herself “Lisa The Great” I was hooked. By the time I finished the book, I felt compelled to share my experience with Lisa Vaughn. Lisas’ story is a coming of age memoir of a young girl growing up in middle America. Her relationship with her stern and usually religious parents unfolds before us. The trials of school, finding a friend – then finding quite unexpectedly a special friend are subjects nearly all of us can relate to, at least on some level. The story on its own merits was wonderful. Add to it, Lisa’s expertise in crafting that story and you have a “feel good” memoir that will put a smile on your face. Lisa Vaughn is Raw sometimes. But it is real language that elevate the story. Her frank discussion of a young girl’s discoveries is equally raw and revealing AND essential, as that language is precisely what draws you into her world and connects you. Lisa Vaughn is a special writer with the ability not only to tell an interesting story, but put magic in her words to draw you in as if you are there, watching from the sidelines. “The Gifted Ones” by Lisa Vaughn is a MUST READ for all lovers of true stories.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: KatesReads on Sep. 02, 2011 :
The Gifted Ones is a haunting and sometimes heartrending coming of age memoir. It follows Lisa on her journey to discover who she is and what she ultimately needs. It is both humorous and tearful.

True love comes in many shapes and forms. It doesn't always last but it makes us who we are and we are better for it. Everything changes as we grow older.

The pacing of the story, teasers thrown in at chapter endings kept this reader turning pages well after I should have been asleep. Brilliant!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Persephone Williams on Aug. 27, 2011 :
Beautiful story, it grips you by the heart and drags you along for the ride. Its a slightly rough but poignant coming of age story, one where it covers not one but multiple generations, along with their perceptions of things.

What is wrong, what is right? That is all covered in this book, for every characters perceptions of right and wrong differ. What may be "right" in a mothers eyes, are not so in the daughters, what a daughter wants is different than her mother.

If a teenager were to read this book, I doubt they'd appreciate it, as a young adult (22 going on 23) I appreciate it as it touches on similar things that have happened in my life. Whether with friends or with family.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Taneesha Freidus on Aug. 10, 2011 :
Warning: This Memoir had me laughing at times and in tears at times. This is a must read about love, loss and everything in between.

My Rating: 5 of 5

My Cover Thoughts: I love the broken chain links. To me it showed me a sign that if a strong link chain can be broken anything can.

My Thoughts/Review: I had no idea what this book was going to mean to me. I have never read a memoir on my own but for school I have. This is a story about true love and loss. This is a journey through Lisa’s eyes, as she shares her inner most secrets and fears you get to see her life first hand.

Growing up in a rural town Lisa always knew she wanted to get of that poodunk town. Her life changed when she meet Selina. Selina was the most beautiful person she had ever seen and she wanted to be friends with her. They shared a home economics class and soon became fast friends. After a while they became best friends and started sharing everything together. As their friendship grew so did their love for one another until one day the skipped school and hung out at an abandoned building and kissed. After that day their lives were turned upside down.

This is a heartfelt story shared with raw emotion about a girl’s first love that happened to be a girl and the struggles they faced as a lesbian couple. This is also a story of true love that could not stand the test of time. We find out certain things about the lesbian community in the early seventies and we learn that loving someone and losing them is never easy and a broken heart takes time to heal.

If any of you know what it is like to love someone who you are not supposed to love this book will give you hope of the life ever after. It does not matter whether you are gay, straight, or bi love is love and when you love someone hard and things don’t go as planned the heart breaks the same way.

Advice: I absolutely loved this memoir and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone that wants to learn what true love is.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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