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Review: Some Boys by Patty Blount

Friday, February 13, 2015
Goodreads summary:
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.

Some Boys was an unflinching story that looks at bullying and rape. The writing was powerful as it brought out a lot of strong emotions from me. My heart was aching in empathy and my head was pounding in anger at some of the things that Grace had to endure. Grace was an extremely strong character and I couldn't imagine handling things the way she did.

Ian is caught in the middle of supporting his friend Zac who (allegedly in Ian's view) raped Grace or standing up for Grace after he hears her raw account of what happened that night she was at the party with Zac. It was good that Ian didn't appear to be the white knight in shining armour ready to pick Grace off her feet and save her from everything. (Hell, he even joined in with his mates in taunting Grace albeit regretting it later). I liked the message conveyed in the book that doing the right thing is not always easy.

The ending was quite disappointing. It was too unrealistic in light of what Grace had to endure and I would've preferred a much toned down open ending. Nevertheless, my disappointment in the ending is easily overshadowed by my love for the story throughout.