Sunday, November 2, 2014

Recommendation: 'Some boys' by Patty Blount

It was just supposed to be a normal party in the woods, a chance to let her hair down and have some fun. Instead Grace was left unconscious, bloodied, and raped.  Her alleged attacker is the school's golden boy and it is soon all too clear that the school, and most of the town, is siding with him.  Suddenly Grace is the school outcast, the lowest of the low: everyone and anyone thinks they have the right to call her names and talk about her clothes, her hair, and her attitude.    

The past month has been a nightmare experience for Grace. Not only do people not believe her but her own father can't look at her.  For the past month she has listened to people criticise her clothes and say she was asking for attention and she got what she wanted.  For the past month she has heard Zac say she didn't say no, that she didn't push him away so it wasn't rape.  For the past month she has listened to the name calling, endured the social isolation, and tried to cope with the general unfairness that is her life - and then she gets to spend her spring break cleaning lockers with none other than Zac's best friend Ian.  Ian has heard all the stories and has heard about what happened from Zac, and he has nothing but contempt for anyone who would tell lies to get ahead.  But as the week progresses Ian comes to realise that maybe he doesn't know the whole story - and maybe he doesn't know his best friend as well as he thought he did.

Some boys is a thought provoking and powerful read about the open secret of date rape, what it means to be a victim and live through the accusations and doubts, a story about personal strength and not being afraid to stand up for yourself and the truth.

Title: Some boys
Author: Patty Blount
ISBN: 9781402298561
Published: 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

- Em, Central City Library

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