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This was September's Boho book club read. It was also recommended to me by Lenore from Celebrity Readers, so it was already in my radar. And the author also gifted it to me (and everyone else in the book club) in exchange for an honest review. Oh, and I also bought the audio version after being gifted the ebook because of the discount. So I was totally ready to get into this book.
As someone who has been the victim of sexual abuse, I was both intrigued and worried about what I should expect in this book. I am pleased to report that I found the way it was handled in a way in which I could relate. All too often I read books with raped used as a device to weaken the female lead and turn it into some ridiculous bull shit. That's not what I found in this, and I was relieved. Survivors get enough crap and we need strong stories.
Another super mega very important epic thing to mention... this is absolutely a nerdy romance. I love those so many! And the amount of references was glorious. Although it is important to note that the romance in here is very unconventional. I don't agree with the way everything happened, but I think I'm okay with it.
I have fallen so hard for Anne Eliot's writing, and I plan on reading more of her stuff - and soon. Also I recommend you all do the same. Even if Lenore recommended her stuff and she quite obviously enjoys my suffering from all the feels involved in such things.
This was one of my first ever YA reads in 2013 and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it three years later. Firstly, as an audio interpretation I can only say how excellent it was. It was a dual POV narration but it pushed the boundaries further with the male and female narrators speaking the appropriate parts of dialogue in the alternate POV. This enhanced the listening experience massively.
As the title suggests, this tale centres around the years of fallout after an almost rape. This could sound morose and certainly the half life existence Jess is living is a grim at times. However, this is a story of hope, restoration and first love. It's quite beautiful. Grey is a young man with integrity. I admired and half fell in love with him. He was was so intertwined with Jess' life, it was a mess of lies but they navigate the lies to find a truth in their friendship. Whilst the subject matter was serious and had the potential to be excessively heavy, Anne Eliot finds a way to translate a grave message that hits home yet still delivers a great YA story that satisfies and fulfils the reader.
The narration hit the spot in terms of the characters ages, they fit the age range well in terms of voice, emotion etc.
If you've not read this book, I highly recommend as a perfect YA, coming of age love story with a punch.
Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog