Let’s Discuss Some Boys by Patty Blount

Let’s Discuss Some Boys by Patty BlountSome Boys by Patty Blount
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on August 5th 2014
Genres: Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Some boys go too far. Some boys will break your heart. But one boy can make you whole.

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?

A gut-wrenching, powerful love story told from alternating points of view by the acclaimed author of Send.

I’ve thought long and hard about whether or not I wanted to review Some Boys. First, I still can’t seem to get all my thoughts in order – this book messed me up good. Second, it’s such a touchy subject; one that I don’t like talking about for many, many reasons. But I thought, WHY NOT, and decided to make this more of a… vent? over a “review.”

Disclaimer: I don’t want to offend anyone that took something inspirational from this book. The intended message of Some Boys is a strong one; one I think can be powerful and inspirational for some. If you loved this book, and took anything away from it, that’s awesome. I did not.

I don’t think I have ever experienced so many negative emotions while reading a book… IN MY LIFE. I knew it wouldn’t be all sunshine and rainbows. I mean, I’m not naive or stupid, and the synopsis spells it out. But I wasn’t expecting to much hate and anger.. It still pains me to think about it.

What I can’t wrap my head around – was the lack of (known) support from ALL parties involved. I know there will be opposing sides, it’s been in headlines and happens everyday. But it boggles my mind, was the sheer lack of support for Grace. Yes, there were people who DID believe her (her mother included), but they were silent. So silent in fact, Grace didn’t even know she HAD support. (please refrain from telling me I don’t understand because [insert whatever you think you want to say here],  because I do) Her dad basically said she was asking for it for dressing the way she did. *RAGES* Her best friends call her a slut, a whore, and totally & completely disown her and turn their back on her. Even picking a PHYSICAL FIGHT. (Only to go make out with said person, all the while, the other friend makes out with TWO guys, like a PG-13 3 some?) like, WTAF people.

The lacrosse team – oh I’m sorry, THE WHOLE SCHOOL – made vulgar gestures. Harassed her. Even the teachers. Again, I understand there will be opposing sides. But to write EVERY SINGLE PERSON that came into contact with Grace harass her, or NOT believe 100% of her story?? It felt.. like too much.

I can NOT get on board with how dismissive and forgiving Grace was in the end. She was tough throughout the ENTIRE BOOK, not letting people back her into a corner. Not letting people silence her. But then you go and forgive EVERYONE?! I understand that she was at a point where she wanted it behind her. I GET IT. But there is just no freaking WAY I would forgive OR forget the people who tried to physically harm me (after the rape). Vandalize my car. Emotionally and mentally torture me. To need someone, only for those people to turn their back on me, wholly and completelyView Spoiler » No way. No how. How could you look those people in the eye? How could they look HER in the eye?

This made me sick.

Now, on to the “romance.” First of all – H to the NO. There was NO WAY I was “shipping” this romance. Alone, he made her feel “normal” and “special” but it’s like with anything else. If they don’t want to be around you around their friends, their family, then… THAT IS A SIGN. Rape or no rape in your past. Yes, he had his doubts about what happened, but to not believe her View Spoiler » RAGING. ALL THE RAGING.

I did not care for Ian’s POV. I see what the intention was, I do. And maybe if I wasn’t so hung up on everything else going on, I could have appreciated the notion. But I just… couldn’t stomach his monologue, his character.. or just, anything about him. I wish the romance was non-existent period. You don’t need a romance to feel powerful and heal.

You need support from Friends. Family. Your community. The people in your life that believe you; believe IN YOU to move forward. I am SO TIRED of seeing these stories of girls having to fall in love and have a romance to move on. Everyone copes differently, I GET IT, and I know what the feeling if being believed and WANTED feels like. I just.. I can’t get on board with the notion as a whole.

For such a touchy subject, and what could have been an epic story, fail miserably for me personally.


Tell me your thoughts

  • Have you read Some Boys? If so, what did you think?

13 thoughts on “Let’s Discuss Some Boys by Patty Blount

  1. Andi

    YES YES YES! This book made me so ragey. I hated almost everything Ian said and didn’t believe that the teachers would really act the way they did. Sorry it just didn’t sit right with me. I understood what the author was trying to do in a way but she totally could have done it another way. So not the book for me.

    1. tonyalee

      I hated so much more then what I discussed – I felt maybe if I talked about it all, I was overdoing it too LOL

      Nothing in this book sat right with me. As I said, I know there are going to be thoughts on both sides, but for everyone in her life to treat her that way? It was too much.

  2. Anatea

    It’s a good thing I read your review before I picked up this book. I thought I was going to like it, but now I see it would frustrate me to no end. No matter what kind of girl Grace was, to see that nobody believed her is really sad. And not realistic at all. Thanks for the great review Tonyalee!

    1. tonyalee

      Thank you!

      I thought I was too – I love reading touchy subject books that challenge me. But.. there was nothing redeeming about this book. SO many others loved it – so you might? But if you do read, I am glad you know a little bit more about it.

  3. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books

    This BOOK!!! I liked it at first because I really really felt for Grace…. but then UGHHHHH! The last 1/2 of the book made me want to rip my hair out. I hated how Ian kept commenting on her ass. It made me feel ill. I hated her whole “demonstration” that she did at the end. WTF??? No one who is as beaten down as she was is going to do that. It was so f-ing ridiculous. And I also felt like it was kind of lazy to have a video and THEN everybody believes her and she forgives them. It’s so easy to believe her now that you have PROOF! Ughhh very rage inducing. But on the other hand, I kind of like books that make me mad sometimes. It gives me something to really think about.

    1. tonyalee

      Yeah, it was okay for him to ogle her, right!? Ugh, this pissed me off. Yeah I didn’t get the scene with her in the school either – I kind of overlooked that when getting all my thoughts together.

      I like reading these books too – especially when they challenge me and force me to see ALL angles but it was all just too much, and not in a good way!

  4. Jen @ YA Romantics

    I saw your thought on Goodreads and yes, I can see why you had issues. (And kudos to you, because it’s kind of hard to criticize a book like this for fear that someone will accuse you of being unsympathetic.)
    I haven’t read this but from your review it sounds like this book just went too far – I really find it implausible that EVERY single person in this girl’s life would think she was lying. Unless she was a known liar before. And I’m also uneasy about romance in this kind of book – to me, it just doesn’t fit in this kind of story.

    1. tonyalee

      THanks. I was really nervous at first because reviewing these touchy subjects are always hard, without someone coming at you about it. Thankfully, I haven’t run into any issues.

      I think it did go too far. It doesn’t seem realistic to me. Granted, there would people that claimed they believed her but they never said anything. So a whole town of people are scared to say something about a HS boy? I don’t get it. I really don’t. And the romance should have been non existent, maybe if it was friendship blooming and not a romance? IDK.

  5. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    Uh. Yeah. I remember really wanting to read this book back at BEA, but I don’t know that I could handle it. All of those things you mentioned just made my blood pressure go up. And for teachers to act that way? *SMH* I can’t even.

    1. tonyalee

      I’ve had this book for forever and just picked it up, not really knowing how it would go. It was just… awful. You should see all the highlighted marks in the book.

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