Thursday, May 5, 2011

But I love Him by Amanda Grace

Young Adult: 253 Pages
Published: May 8th, 2011
Publisher: Flux
Series: None
Source: Finished copy from Publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon Book Depository
Find the author: Website

Tonight was so much worse than anything before it. Tonight he didn't stop after the first slap.

At the beginning of senior year, Ann was a smiling, straight-A student and track star with friends and a future. Then she met a haunted young man named Connor. Only she can heal his emotional scars; only he could make her feel so loved — and needed. Ann can't recall the pivotal moment it all changed, when she surrendered everything to be with him, but by graduation, her life has become a dangerous high wire act. Just one mistake could trigger Connor's rage, a senseless storm of cruel words and violence damaging everything — and everyone — in its path.

This evocative slideshow of flashbacks reveals a heartbreaking story of love gone terribly wrong.

"What do you do when the one person you want comfort from the most is the one who caused your pain? How can I want so desperatly for him to wrap me up in arms but also want so much for him to leave me alone?"

But I Love him is a sad and terrifying story about a girl stuck in a relationship of love and hate. Ann loves Connor fiercely, she will do anything to protect Connor from himself, but she doesn't interfere when it comes to her own protection. When their relationship is good, it's really good. Smiles, laughter, hugs and kisses. But when their relationship is bad...it's really bad. There is yelling, shoving, hitting and throwing.

What I loved about this book is the way the story was told. It was told in reverse chronological order, beginning with the end. An interview with Amanda Grace(at the end of the novel) explained the she chose to write the book that way because it removed the reader's ability to judge the protagonist. I couldn't agree more. I was able to sympathize with both characters. My heart ached for Ann as I was reading. She was losing herself in her relationship. There was no Connor and Ann, it was just different degree's of Connor. But I did sympathize with Connor because he had grown up with the physical and emotional abuse, and lacked that emotional connection with his mother and father.

I really loved this book. It's short chapters make it a quick read, but that doesn't take away from the connection you will develop with the characters and the story. It's raw and emotional, and will stay with you long after you've finished it.

But I Love Him is a book that I think all women should read. Unfortunately, it is a story that happens in real life far to often, but a story that should be told none the less. I highly recommend this book. You shouldn't miss it!
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2 comments:

  1. This sounds like an incredibly intense read but a story that needs to be told none the less. Thank you for this excellent review, I am definitely adding this to my TBR list!

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  2. Thanks for the review Cathy! But I Love Him sounds like an intense read but an important one... and I like how it's different in that it's told in reverse chronological order.

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