- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (March 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 161194256X
- ISBN-13: 978-1611942569
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,667,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Twisted Paperback – March 1, 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
Highly readable and absorbing, I found it hard to put this book down. The well-fleshed characters drew me in, and and the dialogue felt natural. As a mother myself, I could see bits and pieces of myself and my kids throughout the story and at the end I understood the dynamics of those relationships better in my own life.
Although the subject matter is difficult, the traumatic parts are not graphic. I highly recommend this book for late teens as well as adults.
M. Night Shyamalan needs to read this book to get his mojo back. The secrets, turns, and twists are well-played and the character development is what drives that. The story tension dips slightly after the well-crafted opening. But it is easily ignored as the story takes off in several braided plot lines (not an easy task), converging to a well-played conclusion that left me as satisfied as if the story elements were the basis of a gourmet feast I'd just consumed. Reality smacks us hard sometimes, and the examination of the courage it takes to ultimately face that reality builds until Sarah owns it--wherever it leads her.
Bottom line: it's a 5. Go read it. In a few years, you'll enjoy the movie.
14-year-old Sarah can't believe what's happening to her when she is lured behind the school gym during the spring formal and gang-raped by four boys.
Hiding her dress in the trash, and hiding her bruises from her parents, Sarah tries to pretend that the rape never happened, but when the boy who lured her outside confesses to the police, and a doctor's exam reveals that Sarah is pregnant she can't hide from what happened any longer.
Is there really any justice for Sarah though? Will her parents support her in her decisions over the baby and pressing charges? And what other truths is Sarah hiding?
Well, this book was really different, and I totally didn't guess what was really going on!
Sarah came across as quite a quiet, Christian girl at the beginning of this book. She believed what her parents had taught her about no sex before marriage, and was even hesitant to allow a boy to kiss her. What happened to her was truly horrific, and I'm not sure how anybody could cope with something so awful.
I totally got why she felt so victimised, and didn't know what to do, and I also understood why she felt she couldn't confide in anybody.
The storyline in this book was very interesting because of the two major twists at the end. There was basically no warning about these twists, and I have to say that when they happened I was quite surprised. I have to say that the whole plot-line of rape was pretty horrifying though, and I can't imagine how awful it must really be to go through something like what Sarah went through - both because of the actual ordeal, and then being unable to talk to anyone about what happened to her.
While the twists were good, the majority of this book felt a little slow to me. There was so much in there that I felt didn't really add to the story, and I felt like I was constantly waiting for something to happen, and constantly waiting for answers, which was a shame.
I did like this book overall, but the slow pace/constant waiting for something to actually happen made this only okay for me. Other than the rape scene at the beginning, and the weird twists at the end, this was a bog standard `teenage girl gets pregnant and doesn't know what to do' story. The ending really was quite different though.
Overall; teen pregnancy, with a twist.
6.75 out of 10.
My rating: 3 Stars
My opinion: This book was totally different than what I thought it was going to be. I was expecting a mystery and it was FAR from it. It was good. I am happy I read it, but wouldn't call it ROCKIN'. It simply didn't stand out to me.
The writing and character development was good, but it almost felt preachy in its writing at times. It then took a turn to drama central. On that note, it is considered a young adult novel, so I cut it some slack for that.
Source: Netgalley for Belle Bridge Books
Would I recommend? : Not to adult readers. YA or lovers of YA...sure.
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