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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alex Cooper, Joanna Brooks Narrator: Luci Christian Bell, Luci Christian Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2016 ISBN: 9780062455291
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Days after Alex Cooper told her parents that she was gay, they drove Alex from their home in Southern California to Utah, where they signed over guardianship to fellow Mormons who promised to save Alex from her homosexuality.

For 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 forced to stand facing a wall for up to eighteen hours a day wearing a heavy backpack full of rocks. “God’s plan does not apply to gay people,” her captors told her, using faith to punish and terrorize her. With the help of a dedicated legal team in Salt Lake City, Alex would eventually escape and make legal history in Utah by winning the right to live under the law’s protection as an openly gay teenager.

Saving Alex is a horrific yet uplifting story of identity, faith, courage, acceptance, and freedom that reveals what happens when religion goes too far and how a group of dedicated Americans and one young woman fought for her rights, including finding the strength and courage to be herself, and how her story has inspired countless others along the way.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Alex Cooper’s story is a call to action—we must put a stop to this brutal practice of conversion therapy and ensure that every child is embraced for who they are in their homes, schools, and communities.”

    Chad Griffin, president, Human Rights Campaign

  • “Alex’s engrossing and shocking story is the triumph of courage, authenticity and hope over shame, bigotry and ignorance. The nightmare of Alex’s story is a key reason we will soon succeed in ending the cruel and dangerous practice of conversion therapy.”

    Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights

  • “The suspenseful, well-written account of Alex’s eight months of ‘reparative’ therapy makes for compelling reading. Alex’s horrifying story is one that needs to be heard, and her book is an eloquent testament to that. It is encouraging proof that, as Alex is told, things do get better.”

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  • “Expressive, moving, and honest…Cooper’s story demonstrates how it is still possible to endure and prevail.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Alex Cooper made legal history in Utah by winning the right to live under the law’s protection as an openly gay teenager. Now twenty-one, she lives in Portland, Oregon.

About the Narrators

Luci Christian Bell is a full-time, professional actor living in Houston, Texas. In addition to appearing on-camera in commercial and film work, Luci’s prolific voice career spans television, radio, industrial, and e-learning, and she’s an internationally known anime and video game voice actor. She received her MFA in acting from Louisiana State University.

Luci Christian is an actress and writer, known for her voice-over performance in One Piece, Starship Troopers: Invasion, and Appleseed Alpha, among many other animated films and television series. She has been married to Michael Bell since 2008. They have two children.