My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Every once and a while a book will come along that takes on a particulary hard subject, but does it in a way that is tasteful and insightful. This book was one of those books.
Alex is a character that makes you want to roote for her. Though naive and quite immature, she eventually does stand up for what she believes in and her responses and reactions are incredibly realistic. For example, taking the long routes to get to class just to avoid seeing the boy. Because she was date-raped. And while she can’t remember much, she knows she most definitely does not want to see his face.
I had only a few issues with this book. The first was how incapable and stupid all adults were made to look. All except the music teacher who seemed to be the only sensible one. I found it quite unrealistic that no adult could help and therefore other students had to take crime into their own hands.
My second issue was how much Alex relied on men to come to her aid when it was a man who had wronged her firstly. Though her developing relationship with Martin was sweet, I found she trusted him too easily and allowed him and other guys to stand up for her when she should have been learning to do that herself. She wasn’t even all that grateful about it.
However, I enjoyed everything else about this book. Her two best friends were very supportive and understanding. It’s refreshing to see nice friends rather than bitchy or selfish ones. They each were developed nicely too. The description was basic, but enough that I wasn’t starved for any, and the dialogue was incredibly real.
Plus, I’m a huge sucker for all boarding school type stories. I’m extremely glad that Whitney didn’t shy away from the date-rape scenes, and they were handled very well.