Publication Date: October 12,
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Length: 355 pages
Buy: Kindle | Hardcover
In the beginning, Owen’s story was blank . . . then he was befriended by
Lily, the aspiring author who helped him find his voice. Together, the two
have spent years navigating first love and amassing an inseparable friend
group. But all of it is upended one day when his school’s administration
learns Owen’s secret: that he was sexually assaulted by a classmate.
In the ensuing investigation, everyone scrambles to hold their worlds
Owen, still wrestling with his self-destructive thoughts and
His father, a mission-driven military vet ready to start a war to find
his son’s attacker.
The school bureaucrats, who seem most concerned with kowtowing to the
local media attention.
And Lily, who can’t learn that Owen is the mystery victim everyone is
talking about . . . because once she does, it will set off a chain of
events that will change their lives forever.
Heartbreaking and hopeful, this is a coming-of-age story that explores
how we rebuild after the world comes crumbling down.
I have no idea why I bought this, how I heard about it or anything but wow
am I glad that I did. I love the way this book was laid out. In the
beginning we learn that Owen has been sexually assaulted while on a school
trip. The school wants to investigate despite Owen saying he doesn't
want anyone to know.
Owen is an amazing character and I love that he is not neurotypical, which
may account for why he won't talk about or get help for what happened.
There are multiple toxic relationships in this book and some really
honest and accurate reasons for why they stay in them. This book is just
so good on so many levels but I don't want to give too much away.
Through journal entries from the past and descriptions of what is
happening now we get to know Owen. The sensitive boy who is easily
overstimulated. He has friends and a girlfriend who have been with
him throughout high school and now in their senior year things are
starting to fall apart.
This is an amazing coming of age story with a main character that I think
so many teenagers can relate to. I also really appreciate that this is
about a boy who is sexually assaulted as opposed to a girl which is the
norm. Its good we are getting stories out there about this and
letting people know that no means no regardless of your gender. We
don't find out who assaulted Owen until about halfway through the book and
the revelation floored me. The fall out from the big reveal is
difficult and heartbreaking in so many ways. Bring your tissues and
run don't walk to the nearest book store to grab a copy of this
Click on the 3 lines at the top of the blog to view my sidebar
where you can follow me on facebook, bloglovin, and amazon
Post a Comment