Saturday, October 8, 2016

Some Boys by Patty Blount

Some Boys
Release Date: August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 339 Pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Website

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?

“Hold your head up, Grace. Even when you’re dying inside—especially then—hold it up.” 

I'm finding this book difficult to review. The premise and theme of the story carries a very strong message. It tackles rape culture and the double standards that young girls and women face when in these horrible situations. However, Some Boys was lacking for me. I had a very hard time adjusting to the delivery of the story. There were moments of the book that just dragged on, while the most important issue at hand seemed to be an after thought.  Some Boys reads more like a romance, and that's fine! However, even that aspect of the book was shortcoming. 

A very strong quality was the character Grace. Despite her situation she was fiery and strong. Given the horrible bullying and victim shaming she dealt with, she continued to hold her head up high and fight back for herself. I absolutely loved Grace. She was one of the main reasons I continued reading Some Boys. She was the glue that kept me to this book. You can clearly tell that Grace was where the Author's heart lies. She was crafted with so much strength and resilience.

Grace is just about the only character I liked in this book. The complete daftness of Grace's parents was infuriating. They were so clueless to this horrendous crime that Grace was a victim of. Completely clueless to the horrible victim shaming she was encountering. Her father drove me bonkers. I couldn't help but feel he was blaming her for what happened to her because of how she dressed. Pointing it out numerous times. Again, infuriating!

Ian was an okay character. I didn't not like him, but I just found his character weak. Lacking personality; nothing about him really stood out to me. 

I hate giving this novel the type of review it's getting because the subject matter is something that we NEED to bring voice to. Something that we need to shine a light on and talk about! Some Boys had wonderful potential but, aside from Grace, it didn't stand up to the potential that it had. Losing it's momentum early on with long dialogue that didn't really go anywhere, and then just speeding over the heart of it's theme. 

However, just because this book didn't float my boat, doesn't mean that you may not like it. Different strokes for different folks, right?! If you want to give this book a chance, it just may speak to you in a different way than it did me. If you've read Some Boys let me know what you thought of it in the comment below!

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