Rated 5 stars ***** ARC. ebook. To be published September 17, 2019. Wattpad Books.
Eighteen-year-old Griffin was a rising baseball star, extremely popular, and loved by everyone. Though they were neighbors, and he was one year older, Clara had crushed on him for years. She was surprised when he showed up at her school musical, and especially thrilled when he asked her out on a date.
Seven months later Griffin is dead, and Clara’s older sister is in jail for murder. No one knows why Emily would kill a nice boy like Griffin, but Clara knows. She knows Griffin wasn’t nice, with a side to him no one ever saw. She’s never going to tell anyone what happened that night, though they’ll haunt her for the rest of her life.
As Clara remembers life before Griffin’s death, readers gain insight into Griffin, Emily, the events leading up to his murder, and how it reverberated onto Clara, her friends and family, as well as Griffin’s family and friends. As I read I was on the edge of my seat, eagerly turning pages to see what would happen. When the events of all the nights in question were revealed, I was shocked.
The brutality of sexual assault, and hope for survivors to continue on after it are the book’s themes. Clara struggles with what happened that night, while friends and family offer various reactions. Through telling her story the author reminds readers that their story of abuse needs to be told. Survivors of sexual assault need to know they can speak up about their pain. If the reader is a friend or family member of a survivor, they’ll learn they’re needed to listen and offer support. Resources, such as RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) are offered as places of help for survivors of sexual assault.
Recommended for ages 16 and older.