August 2, 2014

Title: Some Boys

Author: Patty Blount ♥ @pattyblount

Published: August 5, 2014

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Pages: 352

Genres: Young Adult ♥ Contemporary ♥ Romance

Source: NetGalley

Summary from Goodreads: 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.

Average Goodreads Rating (as of 08/01/2014): 3.94

  • Christina thought this title was emotionally wrecking. It goes on her 3rd shelf. To find out why…

**SPECIAL NOTE:** An eARC of this title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

♥ Quick Thoughts and Rating: 3 stars! Some Boys gutted me in so many ways, from the realistic portrayal of rape culture and how a victim’s struggle is never over–that sometimes the battle after the ordeal can be more hurtful than the actual tragedy– to seeing how everyone else copes with learning about the biggest betrayal a girl can every experience. I think the author delivered some very important messages, but I was conflicted over how other things were handled, but that’s only my personal views.

♥ The Lowdown: Grace experiences something no person should every have to go through. After accusing the town’s golden boy of rape, everyone has their doubts because it’s classic he said versus she said. But when Zac, the alleged rapists, leaks a very incriminating video of Grace during the supposed moments of rape, everyone– friends, schoolmates, teachers, and even her dad– turns against her, blaming her or saying she asked for it. They call her a liar, a slut, a whore. Just when it’s starting to feel like she has no one to lean on, aside from her mom who also has her opinions about what led to her assault, she finds a friend in the most unlikely of places.

Ian, Zac’s best friend and teammate, has been crushing on Grace for years. Just when he had worked up the nerve to ask her out, Zac made his move and then when he had sex with her and she cried rape, she became totally off limits. But then when two separate instances land them with the same punishment, he gets to hear that there are two sides to every story, and no matter how much he fights Grace’s accounts of that night, she keeps getting under his skin. No matter how much he wants to deny that his best friend is capable of that kind of monstrosity, he can’t help but believe her.

But hardly any road to realization is smooth and easy, people are imperfect and make bad decisions, and Ian is capable of making horrendous ones. Told through alternating first person point-of-views between Grace and Ian, we watch two people struggle through betrayal, trust, and owning what’s right even if it’s the harder road to take.

♥ My Thoughts: Titles like Some Boys are always so difficult for me to review. I’m always caught somewhere in-between being furious at all the non-believers and slut-shamers (which inevitably ties into my rating even though I try really hard not to let it influence it) and how long it takes them to be slapped in the face without some type of evidence before they are ready to make amends/apologize and begrudgingly realizing that the timeline is somewhat realistic. However, there are usually someone besides a parent that is on the accusers side and it makes the brunt of the harsh words easier to bear. That was not the case with this novel. I absolutely loathed just about everyone in this book aside from the heroine– who was absolutely kick ass, but I’ll elaborate on that more in a bit– and her mom and Ian’s dad. At times, it felt like the author exaggerated the onslaught Grace had to face daily, especially when those weren’t met with any repercussions. No one, not even teachers or students, were really ever held accountable for what they did or said, and the apologies came too little too late for my taste.

Then there was Ian. He frustrated to be point that I was ready to toss my kindle at a wall and scream. I completely understand that a person caught in his position will waver and fail and rise to the occasion, but it was the extremes from which he bounced– I completely on your side, I believe you to when he was trying to save face in front of his friends If I eat that pizza, will I catch an STD? comments. (I’m paraphrasing a bit, but you get the gist.) It was maddening, and who cares if he did what was right in the end, he still didn’t deserve Grace if you ask me.

Now, let me get to the saving grace (heh, see what I did there?) of this novel and probably why my rating is as high as it is… Grace was the perfect example of a heroine, in my opinion. She was brave and vulnerable and a fighter and opinionated and when every chip was stacked against her, she still barreled forward, demanding to be heard. To be believed. I cheered her on. I fistpumped like crazy when she stuck it to people, both physically and mentally. My heart literally ached for her and I just seriously wanted to pull her into my arms and squeeze her. Her messages throughout spoke of true girl power, fighting against rape culture and turning the victim into someone to be persecuted, and I truly have to commend the author for incorporating that into this book. For speaking so outwardly about a real current issue plaguing the world and doing so in a positive manner.

Alas, I’ve come to the part where I have to talk about the ending, one which I felt was a little too perfect and cookie-cutterish. Maybe it speaks more about my character that I was a little outraged by how easily Grace forgave people. After experiencing such hurt, her willingness to lay down and forgive so many people after the truly horrific things they did, especially after she had so much fire and fight throughout the book, read too much like the author was trying to tie things up with bows and ribbon. It just felt a little uncharacteristic of Grace, but it’s not something that I can’t live with, it just disappointed me a little.

Rec It? This definitely isn’t one that I can recommend to everyone. It was a tough read. The author doesn’t cut corners on the graphic nature of the rape, though it’s not recounted explicitly, nor does she hold back on the harsh words and cruel actions of people. I think it’s important that she tackled the issues she did and the manner in which she did them, but rape is a sensitive subject for most and I couldn’t understand their need to steer clear. That said, if you can handle the raw honesty of Blount’s delivery, I think she definitely addressed topics that should be discussed and pondered over.

A very special thanks to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for providing me an advanced copy of this title in exchange for my honest thoughts.

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