Title: But I Love Him
By: Amanda Grace
Publisher: Flux Books
My Copy: Early Review Copy from Publisher (May 1st, 2011)
About the book:
Tonight was so much worse than anything before it. Tonight he didn't stop after the first slap.
At the beginning of senior year, Ann was a smiling, straight-A student and track star with friends and a future. Then she met a haunted young man named Connor. Only she can heal his emotional scars; only he could make her feel so loved — and needed. Ann can't recall the pivotal moment it all changed, when she surrendered everything to be with him, but by graduation, her life has become a dangerous high wire act. Just one mistake could trigger Connor's rage, a senseless storm of cruel words and violence damaging everything — and everyone — in its path.
This evocative slideshow of flashbacks reveals a heartbreaking story of love gone terribly wrong.
Amanda Grace created a tragic and terrifying story about a young girl that finds herself in her worst nightmare. Many young girls believe it inconceivable that a situation such as this could happen to them. This realistic and honest truth about how it is easy for a girls to find their selves in such a situation it grab many readers and drag them into this young woman’s nightmare. Interestingly, Grace created this story starting with the end and working her way to the beginning. I believe that this is a tremendously creative tactic; it delivers it story effectively by slapping you with the brutal truths then working in reverse. In giving the readers the ending and then building the character; we see the reality of who these characters are instead of an abuse monster and a weak victim. In the end it is easy to see how this young woman felt responsible and guilty for not being able to save Connor from himself, and how awful Connor’s past was and how it helped it is also he that was a victim in this story. No doubt this young man needs some serious help to overcome his problems, but this is story that will help readers to see that the abuser is not always the monster we would like to perceive. This ultimately is an illness, and it is not one that in this case Connor was able to overcome alone. But I Love Him is heart stopping novel that any reader will find themselves relating to the character. As a normal and intelligent girl it is terrible to such a realistic story that could happen to anyone.