Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Inspirational Read: Some Boys by Patty Blount | ♥

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Some Boys
Patty Blount

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  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
  •  (August 5, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1402298560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402298561
  • Genre: Young Adult
  • Buy It: Amazon | B & N 
Synopsis: Some girls say no. Some boys don't listen. 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 Zac, the town golden boy, of rape, everyone turns against her. Ian wouldn't be the first to call her a slut and a liar. Except Ian doesn't reject her. 

He's the one person who looks past the taunts and the names and the tough-girl act to see the real Grace. He's the one who gives her the courage to fight back.He's also Zac's best friend. "A bold and necessary look at an important, and very real, topic. Everyone should read this book." — Jennifer Brown, author of Thousand Words and Hate List. A gut-wrenching, powerful love story told from alternating points of view by the acclaimed author of Send.

The synopsis makes it seem like the protagonist Grace gets the courage to fight back when she meets a boy and of course Ian saves her, they start in a relationship and they fall in love. Wrong. She never needed a guy to support her, Grace had the courage along and always uses it, she does fight back. She never needed Ian to fight her battles and he never gave her courage; he actually disbelieved her like everyone else, although yes he was hesitant later. This is one of the novels where the heroine saves herself on her own.
  • Anyway, I'm done with my feminist speech. Let's backtrack now. This novel reminded me of two other great novels Just Listen and Speak except Grace told everyone what happened. She didn't keep silent. Grace accused Zac, her ex-boyfriend of rape. Honestly, no sane girl would lie about being raped. Most people won't even tell at all if they were raped so to lie about it would be unreasonable. Of course, I believed her right away. I really like how this novel addresses many sensitive issues besides rape. It goes into victim blaming, which is so common. How many times have you heard, let's blame the girl for being at the wrong place late at night or look at the way she dresses, she asked for it?
  • Grace  always seems to dress in black clothes, high boots, and with dark lipstick. She seems to fit into the stereotype labels of "gothic' or "emo." She doesn't smoke or do drugs. She's a teenager, so like most teenagers she does party and drinks there sometimes. However, she's smart and challenges others. She's always had a good attitude and stands up for what's wrong. People disbelieve her mainly because Zac is the "golden boy" who could do no harm. Sure, Grace was popular before, even before she started dating Zac. The point is the way she dresses and her appearance make her an "easy" target to others. Yes, dressing in a certain way ex. revealing clothes, tight clothing does attract more attention, but it does not mean you're "asking for it."
  • That mindset clearly blows my mind away, because half of all rape victims were wearing simple clothes with barely any makeup when they were raped. Rape doesn't happen to one because of the way they dress. Women get raped simply because men rape them(Of course, women can get raped by other women). I love that Some Boys pointed out this illogical thinking of women's appearance being at fault, especially when no one seemed to question Grace's dressing before. Even Ian blamed her dressing. Yes, women should be more conscious of what they wear: but more importantly, teach people not to rape.
  • I loved Grace's character, she was bold and never backed down when people name called her or when they physically bullied her. Of course, she's still human. She still cried, but never showed it in front of others. Let's not forget Ian now. I liked Ian as a character, but he seems like Zac's toy at some parts. Whatever Zac says, he believes. I really liked it when he became his own person and started defying Zac's demands to follow his lead. I'm glad it wasn't a love at first sight or a let me save you novel. The relationship between Ian and Grace gradually builds up. At one part, Ian does literally saves Grace's life, but it wasn't like the stupid concept "you're broken inside. Let me save/fix you."
  • I wouldn't rate this novel anything less than a five. This is a fantastic novel, I was hooked from the first chapter. I think every teenager, and even adults should read this. I'm an adult, and I found it grea - Most novels have failed to make me happy these part two years, but this one has exactly what I like in a novel.
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Disclosure: Review Copy was sent free of charge from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review.

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” —William Shakespeare


  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day. Love your style and going to check out the rest of your blog now!!

  2. this book seems so interesting..nice review

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  5. Amazing review, Benish!! I love everything you've said about this novel!! I've already added it to my Goodreads shelves and Amazon "Feminism" wish list.

    Although the subject matter of this novel is not a pleasant one, this is one of those books that I really MUST read, and tell others about. It still happens that women are blamed for being raped, and that is just SICKENING and DISGUSTING. Some countries are actually dangerous for women to live in, which is incredible, and very sad..... But even here, in the U.S., women still sometimes are not believed when they accuse men of rape. Why would people think that a woman would make this up? This is such a HORRIBLE, traumatic experience for a woman, WHY would people think she made it up? How callous, how cruel, to say that a woman has lied about this, "just to get a man in trouble". This makes me VERY angry!!!!

    Thankfully, I have never gone through such an experience myself, but, as a feminist, I support my sisters worldwide. And I hope and pray for the day when this UGLY word "rape" will be erased from the vocabulary of every single language on Earth.

    (BTW, how could a woman rape another woman? That's something I've never heard of before.)

    Thanks for the AWESOME, consciousness-raising review!! : )

    1. Thank you so much Maria for the input and compliments! I hope you really like this book as well ♥ I found it amazing with a touchy subject.

      And yes, exactly no sane woman would lie about being raped, that's too traumatizing to lie about. I feel rape is one of the worst things out there, I wish it didn't exist :( I hope it gets erases from history and life itself too - People are worse than animals when they do such things ..

      There was a documentary movie called "She stole my Voice" that I have watched. It was about woman on woman crime. It's explicit in detail and sad to watch, and women do get raped by other women. It's rare and never in the news, it does happen though. Just like men get raped by other men sometimes.. It's just sick in general, horrible.

      Thank you so much again for the love as always!!♥♥

  6. P.S. I have just tweeted your review!! : )

    1. Omggg! That's the sweetest thing, thank you sooo much!!!!♥♥♥

  7. It seems like this a book that talks about a topic a lot of people shy away from reading about, which makes me intrigued. I also really like the idea of a strong female character as well who won't let anyone hold her back and has the courage in her all the time. Agh, another one for my TBR! Even though that list is already so long, reading your blog only adds more books to it :D

    1. Hehe, thank you so much ♥ I'm glad you keep coming back to my blog as I do to yours, I hope you enjoy reading this book! Xo


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