by Patty Blount
What is it about:
Some boys go too far. Some boys will break your heart. But one boy can make you whole.
When Grace meets Ian she's afraid. Afraid he'll reject her like the rest of the school, like her own family. After she accuses the town golden boy of rape, everyone turns against Grace. They call her a slut and a liar. But...Ian doesn't. He's funny and kind with secrets of his own.
But how do you trust the best friend of the boy who raped you? How do you believe in love?
A gut-wrenching, powerful love story told from alternating points of view by the acclaimed author of Send.
What did I think of it:
I came close to tossing this book somewhere halfway through, but I was curious how things would turn out so read on. Maybe I shouldn't have.
To be fair: the overall story is good and tackles rape and the aftermath well. It's the overall storyline that kept me reading.
On to my rant.
First there's Grace. She's alternative: a mix between Metal and Goth. And you guessed it: of course there are remarks that annoyed me to no end! I can handle other characters making remarks on how she looks, but at one point she calls her own style an armor, and she and her mother call her outfit a costume (ever hear a preppy girl say this about the way she dresses? Thought so). And of course the male lead Ian thinks she's sooooo hot the one time she dresses 'normal'. These remarks were already annoying me, and then Ian asks his sister: "Why do girls wear make-up? You're already pretty without it." I almost threw the book right then and there! Especially as his whole family thinks it's so awesome he says that as they see it as him complimenting his sister!
And the ending!!!
If it had turned out that Grace and Ian end up together and he stands by her that would have been a good ending in my opinion. The author decided to go for the total love fest with shiny happy people everywhere though! Grace and Ian getting together isn't enough: the crappy stepmom didn't mean it as bad as it looked and is all lovey and accepting all of the sudden, and everyone and everything is blue skies and ice cream. No matter that stepmom uninvited Grace from her brother's birthday, because she meant well! As if uninviting your teen stepdaughter who is struggling from the aftereffects of rape, because your grown-ass husband got his itty bitty ego hurt is ever justifiable!
All in all a decent enough read until the ending.
Why should you read it:
The overall storyline is decent.
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