Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Page Count: 352 pages
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?
I read this book in 4 hours and cried most if not all the way through.
I could not put this book down at all! What made it more interesting is the dual point of views. A view of the victim and another of the attacker's best friend. The switching back and forth between POVs made it fresh and made it seem different. The writing was very easy to read and wasn't too complicated. It got me to tears, frustrated, and love for the characters.
This book really dives in the topic of rape and bullying. To start it off, the main character Grace was raped. After she accuses Zac of rape, everyone turns against Grace. No one believes her and instead of having at least someone standing up for her and helping her through it, everybody calls her a slut, whore, liar, and others that I don't even have the heart to put down. What irritated me the most was how NO ONE believed her. The students and even the teachers treated her like trash. This shows how life is so jacked up and I feel like losing hope in humanity.
With all that Grace went through, she still didn't give up. She didn't run away or dropped out. Even though she was scared shitless, she was still brave enough to take in what everyone said about her. I couldn't understand why no one believed Grace. She seemed like a nice and quiet girl. Sure she's different like the ways she dresses all black and looks like a rocker but she's been through hell and nobody is making it better for her.
It was hard and frustrating for me to watch Ian deciding on who to take sides with. He's best friends with Zac and he had a long time crush with Grace. Ian is a good person and is nothing like Zac but at points in the book is can be such an asshole. It's mostly because he's torn. He is basically the only person that Grace has in the school that is voluntarily willing to talk to her. Even though he was torn between the two of them, he still cared about her and she cared about him too and actually looked out for him when he had headaches or dizziness.
It was a very emotional read for me and I don't know if this can be with the fainest of hearts but this book talks about a huge topic and journey of a character who experienced rape. I will end this saying, to all people who had to deal with this, no matter what people says about you, you are a survivor and a warrior. Never lose hope and with one step at a time, it will get better.
ARC provided by Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire