If someone hurts your sister and you're any kind of man, you seek revenge.
If your brother's accused of a terrible crime but says he didn't do it, you defend him.
When Mikey's sister claims a boy assaulted her, his world begins to fall apart. When Ellie's brother is charged with the offense, her world begins to unravel. When Mikey and Ellie meet, two worlds collide.
I picked this book up on a whim while I was shopping at Vinnies (thrift store). I hadn't heard of this book but I have read another book by this author (Before I Die) and really enjoyed it. I'm really glad I gave this book a shot because I ended up really enjoying it as well :)
I honestly cannot remember a single thing in this book that I can talk about. it's been at least a week since I have read it, and I have read 3 other books since then so everything is so muddled it's not even funny. It also doesn't help that I can't hear myself think so it's just stressing me out.
I wanted to write this review though because I feel like this book is so underappreciated, and I honestly think so many people would enjoy it. It deals with a rape case, similar to in What We Saw, however it shows two different perspectives. The perspective of the victim's older brother Mikey, and from the raper's younger sister Ellie. As the story unravels, things start to make more sense, and I really liked that.
I liked how the book had the two different perspectives, and it really had you sympathising with all of the characters in different ways. I did think that the book was focused too much on the romance side of it, which didn't seem very realistic. Especially considering the time frame of he book and how quickly their relationship formed. The way they met was also a little too convenient and unbelievable. However, I think both Ellie and Mikey were great characters that had incredible character development throughout the novel. Particularly Ellie. I feel like Ellie was dealing with a lot of conflicting emotions, especially for a 17 year old girl and I think Downham portrayed that really well.
So overall, the romance itself wasn't my favourite (even though I did enjoy it), but the story was thoroughly enjoyable. I think it was a very good addition to the collection of books that deal with rape cases, and it was portrayed very well.
Would I recommend? Yes
For fans of: What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler (read my review here)
Overall Rating: 4/5
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