Monday, July 18, 2011

But I love him

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Flux (May 8, 2011)
  • Author: Amanda Grace
  • Overall rating: *** 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cover art: The cover art is okay not my favorite.
  • Obtained: My personal bookshelf.

But I love him by Amanda Grace
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.
Tonight was so much worse than anything before it. Tonight he didn't stop after the first slap. At the beginning of senior year, Ann was a smiling, straight-A student and track star with friends and a future. Then she met a haunted young man named Connor. Only she can heal his emotional scars; only he could make her feel so loved — and needed. Ann can't recall the pivotal moment it all changed, when she surrendered everything to be with him, but by graduation, her life has become a dangerous high wire act. Just one mistake could trigger Connor's rage, a senseless storm of cruel words and violence damaging everything — and everyone — in its path.
This evocative slideshow of flashbacks reveals a heartbreaking story of love gone terribly wrong.
(Synopsis provided by goodreads)

I wanted to love this book, but I just didn't. It felt like it was missing something crucial. The writing was good and the idea of the story being told backwards was very original.
My biggest issue with this book was Anne, she never felt real and I had a hard time sympathizing with her. I give kudos to Grace for the book and for tackling such a hard subject, but I do think there are better books out there.
Another issue I had was that I felt that Grace was almost trying to rationalize Connor's behavior saying that his father was abusive. That maybe true for some abusers, but not all.
I know a lot of people liked this story, but for me it fell flat.

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