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?
Design – ? Rating – 4/5
First of all, I don’t like the tagline. I rarely like taglines, but this one makes it sound like Grace is fragile and needs saving…like she needs a boy to save her. That is not Grace at all. I wonder why the middle part of the tagline isn’t centered on the cover. I really like the photo, however it took me awhile to realize that she’s not wearing a skirt because her bag looks like one, especially from far away. The girl looks exactly like I imagined Grace – a bit tough and guarded, wearing dark clothes. I adore the colors of this cover because even though the background is kind of a bright color, it’s textured and still looks sort of gritty. The font choices, both for the tagline and title are great. I love the texture and opacity of the title, as well as how it touches both sides of the cover.
Some Boys is extremely heavy emotional material. Hardly anyone listens when Grace says the lacrosse star, Zac, raped her. Then she gets stuck working with his best friend Ian, who definitely doesn’t believe her. Grace is trying to survive days filled with former friends who sling insults at her and confrontations with guys who are on Zac’s side. Ian finds himself in the middle of a he-said, she-said situation between his best friend and Grace, the girl he’s convinced himself is lying. This book examines the issue from all sides, looking at everything Ian’s told by both Zac and Grace, showing how Grace’s parents react, and showing how important it can be for just that one person that you want to trust to believe you.
- Grace – Grace is strong and sure of herself. Everyone is against her, most people in an in-her-face way, and although Grace struggles daily, she never backs down. She never questions what happened that night. She knows exactly what happened and she knows it’s not her fault. Her friends, her teachers, her parents, and total strangers all have an opinion about her, but she faces them every day. Even when Zac gets in her face, she faces up to him and readies herself for a physical confrontation just in case. Grace knows how to fight and she doesn’t hesitate to fight because she knows there aren’t many people on her side and that no one else is going to fight for her. I like that Grace is angry rather than sad. She’s full of rage and she doesn’t hold it back. Grace struggles and experiences panic attacks. She doesn’t turn her back on any guy, always aware of any potential physical threat. She considers running away, and overall Grace’s struggles and anger make her feel like a real person.
- calling out rape culture + stereotypes – I feel this book does a good job of identifying and dealing with harmful rape stereotypes. Grace’s dad thinks she would have been safe if she dressed more conservatively. The cops want to know if she’d ever kissed Zac before. Grace unleashes her anger about how no one thinks Zac would ever rape anyone because he’s a popular guy and a star athlete, as if those things actually have anything to do with his personality or treatment of women. She also tears down Ian for shunning her in public, shutting down his excuses for how awfully he treated her and not accepting any of his crap. Ian questions why Grace doesn’t just keep her head down instead of riling people up, and even her mom thinks it’d be easier if Grace studied abroad and essentially ran away for awhile. Grace refuses to run and she refuses to hide. Even though everyone is against her, she stand up for herself and claims her space because if anyone should be hiding, it’s Zac. She did nothing wrong, so she should not be expected to shut up and take all the abuse coming her way. Rape survivors should never be told to be quiet.
- Ian – I wanted to punch Ian so often for taking so long to believe Grace. Yes, Zac is his best friend, but Ian is the one who found Grace on the cold ground, passed out after the rape and took her to the hospital. I just can’t understand why Ian would believe that was the aftermath of consensual sex, or that Grace accused Zac of rape to ruin his life. Ian saw how Zac treats girls and it still took him way too long to listen to Grace’s side seriously. I understand that there’d be no conflict if Ian believed her immediately, but I just couldn’t stand how slowly he came around.
Instead of rolling his eyes, flipping me off, or just walking away, Ian does something I never expected.
And it’s a real smile, not one of those cocky grins every member of the lacrosse team learns on their first day of practice. – pg. 82
Ian winces at my not-so-subtle inflection and leans closer. “I’m sorry I hurt you.”
I turn east on the second floor and wave my hand. “No. You’re not. You had to hurt me. That’s what boys do when they’re scared of a girl. They hurt her.”
He blinks and opens his mouth to deny, closes it and then offers me this excuse. “I have reasons.”
“You have excuses. Weren’t you listening?” I wave a hand back in the general direction of the main entrance. “Religion, government, the media – everybody tells you it’s never your fault. You’re just an innocent guy minding your own business, and these women, these females beguile you with their looks.” – pg. 263 Ian + Grace
Acquired: bought (ebook)