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Contributor(s): Desir, C.

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ISBN: 1442460725     ISBN-13: 9781442460720
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2013

Annotation: A budding romance between Ani and Ben is brutally compromised on a night when Ani is raped at a party, an event that shatters her ability to trust and compels Ben to help her heal. A first novel.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Acquaintance rape; Fiction.
Rape; Fiction.
Dating (Social customs); Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2012039167
Lexile Measure: 630
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 1.00" (0.75 lbs) 226 pages
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q60875
Reading Level: 4.5   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 14.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
Ben's new romance with free-spirited Ani begins to fall apart after Ani is brutally raped at a party. After the rape, Ani's behavior becomes alarmingly opaque, and Ben struggles to help someone who has become a stranger to him. This look at rape's destructive effects leaves an (often disturbing) impression but doesn't rise above problem-novel status.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 March)

Gr 9 Up—High school senior Ben is busy working on getting a swimming scholarship, dealing with life at home as his father transitions to a new job, and looking out for his younger brother. The teen's life takes a quick and dizzying turn when he falls for Annika, the hot new girl at school. Ani's sexy quips and artsy, adventuresome spirit dazzles Ben, and the connection and chemistry between them grows the more time they spend together. Ben misses a fateful party, while she goes alone with her friend Kate. The next day, he's at the hospital, waiting as Ani gets prepped for a rape kit. Ben and Ani's lives descend rapidly into a nightmare as she reacts to the firestorm of ugly rumors and Ben becomes obsessed with finding out what happened that night. The novel is a grim take on the horrible ramifications of date rape, which impacts not only the victim but all those around her. Similar to Steven Levenkron's The Best Little Girl in the World (Contemporary Bks., 1978), author and rape-victim activist Desir is clearly knowledgeable about this important subject. However, the choice to tell Ani's story from the perspective of an outsider does not help readers understand her or other survivors. Instead, teens' experiences will mirror Ben's own helplessness and frustration as he tries, and fails, to help his girlfriend. A grueling, if unfortunately timely, read.—Evelyn Khoo Schwartz, Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC

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