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Review: Some Boys (Patty Blount)

The Deets: 
Audience: YA
Pages: 352
Publisher: August 5th 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire
(first published January 1st 2014)
ISBN: 9781402298561
Genre: contemporary
Source: eARC from Netgalley



Some BoysSome boys go too far. Some boys will break your heart. But one boy can make you whole.

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?





This. Book.

I had a feeling I was going to like this book when I read the summary. I am a huge fan of Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak, and something about Some Boys just spoke to me. I knew I would like it. What I did not count on, however, is how much I loved it.


If I was still teaching face-to-face with students, Some Boys would be in my curriculum. I own 35 copies of Speak, and I would darn sure make sure I had multiple copies of this book for the kids. In fact, I would teach these books together... make a whole unit out of it. Speak and Some Boys have so much in common; it would make for some powerful conversations about labels and misconceptions.

What I loved most about Some Boys is really hard to put in words. I thought it would just be Grace's story about a date rape. Instead, though, it ended up being Grace's story, Ian's story, Zac's story, and the story of many other people. The way these characters were all connected and bound to each other in a very sticky web was profound. There was a lot of great insight from each character's perspective.

Grace has issues. I won't even lie. She was crying out for attention, and everyone knew it. The attention she got, however, was not what she was looking for. So that's complicated. Goth/Biker chick/general badass on compass is going up against a walking Adonis. Even the teachers side with Zac as to what happened that night. It's pretty awful for Grace, but she never backs down.

Zac is a douche bag. He's a womanizer with a serious anger management problem. Of course, it's well hidden on the field so no one really notices it. He's perfect in the eyes of so many. Until...

Ian. Stuck in the middle and conflicted, Ian. He has a lot of thinking and searching to do. He likes Grace but is fiercely loyal to his teammate and best friend, Zac. So when Grace never backs down from her version of the story, he has to figure out if there could possibly be a grain of truth in what she says, or if everything was a huge misunderstanding.

So the conflict is pretty thick and consistent. Grace does some crazy stuff that makes me question her sanity, but it makes a point. It also makes you think. Her speech about labels is brilliant. It really made me think, and I wish I could open that up to discussion with kids because it's such a real problem they face.

Characterization in this book if top notch. Zac, Grace, and Ian were so real. Even the minor minions had a role and were highly believable. I could see this whole situation playing out in any high school.

When you read Some Boys, don't expect it to be just a lesson against rape. There is so much more hiding in these pages. Grace and Ian have some serious family issues to sort through along the way too. There is also a great conversation between Ian and his older sister about why some girls act the way they do around boys. Pretty profound and spot on.

I highly recommend this one.

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