Thursday, August 7, 2014

Review: Some Boys by Patty Blount

Some Boys
By: Patty Blount
Pub. Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 352
Source: Netgalley

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.
I received this galley from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really love Patty Blount's books. Her characters go through really tough things that are so realistic to today's teenagers, and Some Boys is no exception. Told in the POV of both Grace and Ian, the reader gets an inside look how hard it is too be a teenager, especially a teenage girl in today's world.

Almost two months before, Grace was raped by the towns golden boy, Zac, who also happens to be Ian's best friend. When Grace names her rapist, no one believes her. Zac said she wanted it and she enjoyed it, and Grace was deemed the town slut. She went from being popular, to not even being able to walk down the hall without being taunting by everyone. Even parents have something to say about it. This is something that happens too many times in real life, and its sad and horrible and I don't understand how it keeps happening. I don't understand how people, knowing what they know, can still automatically blame the victim. It's very hard for me to read. Blount did a good job with Grace's voice. I really felt her pain and anger and I just wanted her to be ok.

Ian automatically believed Zac. He's his best friend so why should he doubt him. But when he and Grace are forced to clean lockers in detention he starts to see a side of Grace that tells him maybe Zac is the one whose lying. I liked Grace and Ian together. It definitely wasn't easy, but it was real. Ian was in a rough place because he wants to believe his best friend, but he sees Grace isn't the slut everyone says she is. I thought he was a very well written, realistic boy that many people could relate too. He wasn't perfect, he made mistakes, but he was a good person.

Some Boys is a really important story that I think people should be more aware of. Even though it is a very hard topic, I still really enjoyed this story and I highly recommend it. 

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