Tuesday, June 14, 2011

But I Love Him by Amanda Grace

imageTonight 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.

 

Woah. Amanda Grace is the pseudonym of Mandy Hubbard. I read Mandy/Amanda’s first novel and it was ok. It was really girly, which isn’t normally my thing. So of course I was expecting a girly story when I picked up But I Love Him. I was way way wrong. But I Love Him was this addicting, raw, amazing novel that I couldn’t put down.

I am in love with the fact that this story is written in reverse-chronological order. It makes the story just that more interesting and mysterious. Though at times it confused me, I think that the was Ann’s story was told improved it a great deal. Even at the start of the first page, I understood Ann. A lot of the times it’s hard to understand people in abusive relationships and why they stay in those relationships- but here, I got it. I also liked that Connor was well rounded. We know why he does the things he does and we know what influenced him to be that way. By no means does that give him an excuse to abuse Ann, but it helps readers to understand the character. Every character in here was incredibly well developed. They were all clear and well-rounded, as well as written well.

But I Love Him is not an easy book to read. If you have a hard time reading novels that deal with hard subjects, this isn’t the book for you. However, if you are ok with reading those sort of novels- you need to rush out to your local indie bookshop and buy a copy. Amanda Grace did a phenomenal job writing this novel and I honestly can’t get enough of it. But I Love Him is an amazing edition to the young adult literature world. I cannot recommend it enough!

FTC- Library.

1 comment:

Anna said...

I'm readin this now. I didn't realize that Mandy Hubbard WAS this author until I started reading last night haha.

I seem to like how it' in the reverse order. It makes it interesting. I just read Bitter End, which goes in chronological order, and then started this one after, and it is neat to see how it is going.