My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First Published: May 15th, 2018
Publisher: HMH BFYR
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Rape, Contemporary, LGBT, Siblings, Romance
Mara and Owen are about as close as twins can get. So when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn’t know what to think. Can the brother she loves really be guilty of such a violent crime? Torn between the family she loves and her own sense of right and wrong, Mara is feeling lost, and it doesn’t help that things have been strained with her ex-girlfriend, Charlie. As Mara, Hannah, and Charlie navigate this new terrain, Mara must face a trauma from her own past and decide where Charlie fits in her future. With sensitivity and openness, this timely novel confronts the difficult questions surrounding consent, victim blaming, and sexual assault.
This story stirred my heart.
I absolutely needed to read it when I learned it was about a girl whose twin brother is accused of sexually assaulting his girlfriend at a party. It sounds like such an impossible situation. Who do you believe? Your brother, who you’ve known since before you were born, or his girlfriend, who is also your friend?
The reason why this story moved me so much is because it was very realistic and Ashley Herring Blake has a beautiful lyrical writing style that can bring you to tears in less than a second.
This is an important book. The author discusses consent, sexual assault as well as identity in such a meaningful and honest manner. Some scenes physically hurt. The world is an imperfect place where teenagers act in cruel ways and don’t always realize how much their actions can hurt the other person. Like Mara, I became angry at the boys and girls calling Hannah names and wanted to defend her in any way possible.
The author makes it clear that we have to talk about these awful situations. Of course, admitting to being raped is something that takes a lot of courage, and as we know, in some cases the accusations against the rapist are not even taken seriously or proven. But whether or not we are believed, it’s still important to speak up because keeping it all in can be more detrimental.
Fine book. Now, however, I require a fluffy read.
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