WARNING: THERE WILL BE MAJOR SPOILERS FOR THIS BOOK IN THIS POST. SPOILERS AS IN REVEAL-THE-END-OF-THE-BOOK SPOILERS.Author: Patty BlountPages: 347Publisher: Sourcebooks FirePublished: August 5, 2014 Ranking: 4/5Some girls say no. Some boys don't listen.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 Zac, the town golden boy, of rape, everyone turns against her. Ian wouldn't be the first to call her a slut and a liar.Except Ian doesn't reject her. He's the one person who looks past the taunts and the names and the tough-girl act to see the real Grace. He's the one who gives her the courage to fight back.He's also Zac's best friend.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
Some of the most common books in YA these days (barring any vampires or other questionable romantic partnerships) deal with ‘hard issues.’ From Jay Asher’s 13 Reasons Why and its compelling take on suicide to Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls and its honest portrayal of eating disorders; it isn’t necessarily that the genre’s getting darker; it’s just finally talking an honest look at the life of its readers.
Some Boys stands out from many of the books in this genre, brining to the forefront, not just sexual assault, but the problems that surround the subject as well. Some of the most compelling characters in the book, including Grace's own family engager in victim blaming, ‘slut shaming’ and other biases most of us would like to pretend don’t exist in the back of our minds but probably do in some form or another. The entire book is a wonderful invitation to think, sympathize, and wonder what we would have done differently. This, on top of the two main characters who alternate back and forth in narration allowing anyone to build more rapport with both, makes the book incredibly engaging; much more than most I have read.
Unfortunately, for all of the good it does during the middle of the book, establishing what rape is, vehemently showing that it is rape even if you’re drunk, etc. The ending really ruined it for me. Grace has to be ‘saved’ by Ian and the only reason people believe her is when video evidence comes to light showing that she clearly said ‘no..’ It undermines so much of the work Blount had done earlier in the book showing the nuances of the issue.
Aside from the ending, the book is perfect; at once thought-provoking and compelling. It should be on everyone’s to-read list to learn more about the issue and everyone’s to-love list once you get to know the characters.
Maybe just ignore the last few chapters…