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 the town golden boy of rape, everyone turns against Grace. They call her a slut and a liar. But…Ian doesn’t. He’s funny and kind with secrets of his own.
But how do you trust the best friend of the boy who raped you? How do you believe in love?
A gut-wrenching, powerful love story told from alternating points of view by the acclaimed author of Send.
This was a book on my TBR for about a year, but since it was at my library I decided to pick it up and read it. (Also TW; this book does discuss sexual assault.
The story takes place after a young girl. Grace was sexually assaulted at a party by the town golden boy Zac, and when it comes out she is branded as a slut, or someone who was asking for it, and a liar who wants to get revenge on Zac for a break up. After her assault she was ostracized by her friends and most of school because of it.
Grace, is a very strong character, especially for someone that has been through sexual assault. There was so many scenes in the book that got me saying “you go girl”, mainly the part of her owning some dude in class who tried to mansplain “slutiness” to her. Throughout the book she tries to not be defined by her assault, even if she loses friends in the process she never backed down. She also goes through many panic attacks, especially during times of stress.
Ian, was a character I felt wasn’t really as needed. Okay, I get that the author’s intention was to show the other side of the story and Ian’s relationship to Zac and the other lacrosse players. Grace and Ian both meet during a detention of cleaning lockers during spring vacation, while they do strike up a friendship it basically gets ruined by the peer pressure of the other lacrosse players, and I really hated what he did to her at lunch. While towards the end of the book he did finally grow a brain, he wasn’t the character I thought he was going to be.
I did some of the parent characters, mainly Grace’s mom and Ian’s dad. Grace’s mom was very supporting of her daughter’s assault and trying to be a good mother that I know she was trying to be, and making sure that Grace was okay. Ian’s dad was the one that basically schooled Ian on what sexual assault is and to stop being an ass towards Grace.
The main strength about this book is how it handles sexual assault. It deals mostly with the aftermath bu it also deals with the how other students reacted. There was a few students who Grace befriended who actually believed, and I kinda wish they had more development. It also kinda paints a grim reminder of what happens when a girl comes forward along with the sexism and misogyny that goes with it. According to the author it was suppose to be about Stubenville rape case, and how it focused primarily on the “poor boys” rather than the actual victim. Grace also dealt with harassment from the other lacrosse players, calling her a slut who was asking for it. Also it talked about how when she first went to the police they kept asking; what were you wearing? How many drinks did you have? Are you slept with him before?. Those all add up to how rape culture is defined.
In the end, Some Boys was a very great read. It highlights a pretty compelling issue with rape culture and how it affects the survivor, which is also added by a great and developed main character which could also add to the discussion.