Saving Alex

Saving Alex

When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That's When My Nightmare Began

Book - 2016
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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 love.

Alex 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 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 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 teenager.

Alex 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.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Characteristics: 248 pages ; 24 cm
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062374608 (hardcover)


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Jul 26, 2018

Alex kisses a girl and she likes it .Alex is 15 and one night blurts out to her family that she is gay. This is situation is made worse by the fact that she comes from a very faithful Mormon family. Alex's parents choose not to believe that Alex is gay but that she has been led astray by the girl she is involved with and that Alex can be cured of Lesbianism, like measles. Alex is sent away to a couple who say they can cure her. I don't know what kind of research her parents did that they chose this pair perhaps it was a money issue. In a desperate attempt to make their daughter "normal" They hand all rights of their underage daughter over to the abusers. This couple use her as their unpaid nanny/maid and in between chores beat her and abuse her emotionally.
It is a hard read for content but the book goes quickly. I like the fact that Alex is strong enough to rise above the mistreatment and fight to be herself. The fact that she forgives her parents is truly remarkable .

Sep 30, 2016

I had read the shortened version of this in Reader's Digest. I was raised Mormon and left the church in my late teens. I was interested to see what Alex Cooper had to say. The story was very disturbing. She was subjected to such torture and no one would help her for such a long time; she was virtually ignored by members of the church.

Aug 03, 2016

Really enjoyed reading this book . Was startling surprised at times at the treatment of Alex . A true story and quite enlightening . Glad I read it . Kept me enthralled through the whole book, certainly wasn't boring

MrsIredale May 24, 2016

A harrowing memoir that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is hard to believe and unfortunate that this is a true story.


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