Welcome to my stop on the Going Under book tour (full schedule here). My blog tour motto is to only participate in blog tours for books that I’m genuinely interested in and that I think that I’ll be happy to promote on my blog.
Published by Penny Press on 19 March 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Source: Blog Tour
Brooke Wright has only two goals her senior year at Charity Run High School: stay out of trouble and learn to forgive herself for the past. Forgiveness proves elusive, and trouble finds her anyway when she discovers a secret club at school connected to the death of her best friend. She learns that swim team members participate in a “Fantasy Slut League,” scoring points for their sexual acts with unsuspecting girls.
Brooke, wracked with guilt over her friend’s death, decides to infiltrate the league by becoming one of the “unsuspecting girls,” and exact revenge on the boys who stole away her best friend. An unexpected romance complicates her plans, and her dogged pursuit of justice turns her reckless as she underestimates just how far the boys will go to keep their sex club a secret.
(This is a New Adult fiction book with mature themes. It contains graphic sex and language and a description of sexual violence.)
Brooke’s best friend has committed suicide and Brooke has to deal with the feelings of guilt and learn how to live with the knowledge of a wrong she did to her best friend. She also knows the secret that drove her friend to her deathbed and she is determined to seek revenge for her. In the process, she unwraps a Fantasy Slut League running at her new school where the participating guys score points for sexual acts with unsuspecting girls.
On a page one, we find Brooke attempting to dress for her best friend’s funeral and I knew immediately that this book was going to hit me hard. And I was right. It’s raw, it’s gritty, it’s intense and at times so ugly I wanted to scream with frustration and anger.
Written in first person perspective we have a birds eye view of all that is running through Brooke’s head. Her thoughts aren’t always pretty, are often misguided and even nonsensical but she dug deep in to my heart. I wanted to pick her up and carry her far, far away from all the bad things happening all around her.
And believe me bad things are happening here. There is a dangerous, realistic feel to the book that taints everything with an edgy vibe. There is a stark contrast from Brooke’s father getting annoyed about a high mobile phone bill to the serious situation that Brooke is getting dragged into. If only he knew the half of it.
The book deals with the difficult subject of rape in an unflinching but still compassionate way. It even deals with the issue of a victim experiencing an orgasm during the rape and the conflicting, complex problems that this can cause. This is something I hadn’t thought about before and it was truly thought provoking not to mention heartbreaking to even think about.
Although the book is dealing with bleak subjects, it does paradoxically remain light and fun at other times. Brooke’s likeability factor, her friendship with Gretchen and her budding romance with Ryan bring you down from the emotional waves and reimmerse you into a more familiar high school environment.
Speaking of Ryan aka Funeral Guy as that is where Brooke first saw him, I don’t know what to say! You need to read this book for yourself to find out more about him. He is a bundle of contradictions but I’m team Ryan not that there is any other team but just saying.
I did have an issue with how Brooke’s mother just seemed to fall off the face of the earth at the start of the book and didn’t reappear until near the end. It bothered me that there seemed to be no regular contact or at least no mention of it. I also did find the plot a bit predicable in places but it was no less shocking for that.
However, overall my reaction is wow! I can’t wait to read more by S. Walden if this is a sample of what she is capable of making us feel.
Who should read this?
If you like NA books that twist you inside out and upside down, then this one should be an auto-buy for you. Highly recommended
You want to find out more about the author? Your wish is my command, here you go!
And finally GIVEAWAY time: