Release Date: October 25, 2005
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 1.5 stars
"I am a good guy. Good guys don't do bad things. Good guys understand that no means no, and so I could not have done this because I understand."
Keir Sarafian knows many things about himself. He is a talented football player, a loyal friend, a devoted son and brother. Most of all, he is a good guy. And yet the love of his life thinks otherwise. Gigi says Keir has done something awful. Something unforgivable. Keir doesn't understand. He loves Gigi. He would never do anything to hurt her. So Keir carefully recounts the events leading up to that one fateful night, in order to uncover the truth. Clearly, there has been a mistake.
But what has happened is, indeed, something inexcusable.
This was a book that sounded so good, and it just didn't live up to my expectations. From page 1, readers learn about Keir and all the things he's done where he procedes to tell readers he's a good boy, monsters wouldn't do those things. I think the premise of the book could make a really great book, I just think Inexcusable could've been strengthened in some areas.
I felt like with the topic of the book, it should have been really emotional and touching, but I didn't really have any emotions or feel anything throughout the entire book.
Inexcusable was a shorter book, and you never really get to know any of the characters. With Keir being the main character, you didn't learn much about him except about his family and that he plays football. There wasn't enough depth for readers to connect with him. Keir's two sisters, Fran amd Mary, on the hand I felt were a bit stronger of characters. They didn't appear as frequent in the book as other characters, but scenes with them seemed more emotional and connected.
Told in the first person viewpoint of Keir, a self described nice guy of the events of his senior year of high school. Keir is a fascinating character, but is he telling the whole truth?
This is not an easy novel to read, but it's very interesting to read the other side of a story. Keir is revealed as a character slowly. The other characters, like his father Ray and his older sisters and Gigi, his childhood friend are well drawn and are also revealed slowly. The writing is poetic in quality, with Keir describing the atmosphere at various points in time beautifully. Besides the difficult subject matter, the only downside is the flipping between time points can be confusing. As soon as I finished the book, I went back and re-read the future segments and it all made a lot more sense.
An excellent companion book for Laurie Anderson's Speak.