I’ve seen some really negative reviews of this book, but I don’t really understand why. Sure, it isn’t perfect, but it is really good. It is definitely worthy of more than one or two stars.
The characters are complex. The background of what Avery is going through is fully developed. It is easy to empathize with most of the characters, with the exception of Avery’s mom.
The worst part of the whole book for me was that the writer seemed to not understand that rape doesn’t take away a person’s virginity. I know a lot of people are uninformed about that, but sexual assault, abuse, and rape do not make a person a non-virgin. They are acts of abuse and power that just happen to be done in a sexual manner. They are ways of objectifying a victim. Being raped is no more of a way to lose one’s virginity than being drowned is of making a person a fish. And it seemed that different types of assaults were labelled as being better or worse than others, i.e. that Avery’s rape would have been morally different if it had been via a different method. That was rather alarming. Being violated and abused is different for every single person.
Other than that, I enjoyed the story quite a bit. It had an unusual setup, and but it was pretty good. I hope the next book in this series is an improvement, but I’ll probably enjoy it even if it stays at the same level.