by Patty Blount
Release date: August 5, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
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.
Fictitious Delicious Rating: 3
**I normally write spoiler-free reviews, but this one contains spoilers. I feel like it has to in order to proper explain why this story didn't work for me in the way I was hoping it would.**
When I pick up a book that contains subject matter like SOME BOYS does, I expect to feel a good amount of anger, frustration and empathy. But more than anything, really, I hope to see character growth since these kind of stories are so strongly character driven. So even though there are pieces of SOME BOYS that I enjoyed immensely, the lack of believable growth in these characters made me more angry than I should probably admit.
Grace is raped by a horrible boy named Zac. His actions and the fallout that poor Grace lives through because of this disgusting act is nicely written by Blount. The anger I felt for that boy was real and watching Grace be ostracized by even those closest to her felt, sadly, authentic. Blount is a gifted writer.
What didn't work for me in this story is the fact that Grace is "saved" by Zac's BFF, Ian. See, Grace and Ian could have very well been a couple before Grace was raped, but now that Zac has been with her, she's off limits to Ian. Plus, there's the fact that she's trying to ruin Zac's life by reporting their sexual act as rape. Just like everyone else, Ian doesn't believe that Grace was raped. He comes close to believing it a couple times, but never really gets there. HOWEVER. He does something important anyway. He sticks up for Grace during a scene in which Zac confronts Grace and is successful in getting him to back down. Kudos, Ian! But I wanted GRACE to be the one to push through and get to Zac. *shrugs* Maybe that just isn't possible in this case. I get it. That being said, my respect for Ian was lost almost immediately when he grovels back to Zac and the "cool kids" for forgiveness in sticking up for Grace. His wishy-washy-ness drove me (and Grace) to the brink of tears.
In the end, it takes video proof for Ian to believe that Grace was raped. Video proof. Not her side of the story. VIDEO. PROOF. Then he decides to proclaim his love for her. NO. Just...no. I wanted Grace to throw two strong words that rhyme with "truck flew" at Ian and walk away from him. A boy that loves you doesn't need video proof to believe that you've been violated. And NO WAY Grace should have opened her arms to him. I seriously wanted to throw my e-reader across the room when I finished this story. I was that upset.
But you know what? As a reader, I don't have to like the way a story goes. If someone picks up this book and finds strength in Grace's story then THAT is what matters. And based on some of the reviews I've read, people have identified with Grace and her story. That makes me so happy! I don't consider this a love story. It is Grace's story and she is strong. By herself.