Plot: There are so many overdone plots in today's selection of young adult books. I have never read or heard of any similar to this, so it was a breath of fresh air. (I'm just full of product slogans today. First Nike, now Febreze!) It makes a lot of sense with how society is, blaming the girl for the way she dressed or that she didn't fight back enough, that Alex didn't feel comfortable reporting it to the police.
There were a few slow spots and not many twists and turns, but the plot was pretty straight forward.
I was disappointed by what happened to Carter at the end, but the ending over all was pretty good.
Characters: Alex wasn't my favorite main character of all time, but she was still a pretty good one.
Carter. He's a jerk. Not only does he rape her (twice), but he tells everyone that she was begging for it. UGH, the words I want to use to describe him.
I fell completely and utterly in love with Martin on page 291. When asked how he spent his weekend, he responded:
"Wrote half of my paper on barn owls, watched hockey. My Buffalo Sabres lost. I know that breaks your heart too."
Where can I sign up to marry this wonderful boy whose heart breaks when his hockey team loses? Overall though, he's a great character. I loved him before I got to this page, if that says anything.
There's a bit of tension between her two best friends, which draws a bit of attention throughout the book, but never really plays out to much.
Overall: I love when authors are able to use real life experiences in their writing. Ned Vizzini spent time in a mental hospital, so he wrote It's Kind of a Funny Story about a kid in a mental hospital. Daisy Whitney was raped and went through a similar process that Alex did to find justice. I mean, it's a horrible thing, but I think it gives more insight to the situations going on in the book when the author has been through the things going on in the book.
I cannot stress enough how much you should read this book ASAP. I will warn you that there is the occasional strong language and a few graphic scenes as she recalls what happened the night she was raped.
I just really loved this book, in case you haven't picked up on that yet.