Saturday, June 25, 2011

Review: But I Love Him by Amanda Grace


Tonight 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.


But I Love Him is a fast paced story told in reverse order.  That, and the subject matter, is what first got me interested in this novel.  Amanda did a great job writing the novel in reverse order.  Through Ann's flashbacks, we really get to see and feel her heartbreak - and why she cannot just walk away from the relationship.

However, I think that is really one of the only good things about the novel.  Though the storyline seemed developed, I felt the characters were not.  There was so much possibility with the characters of Ann and Connor, but I felt as if they could have just been background characters in their own story.  I felt as if I did not get to know them enough, that there was just so much more that could have been said about them and their story that just... wasn't.

Though I still feel that this is a powerful novel, I also felt as if it was unfinished and a lot was left unsaid at the end of it.  If the characters, and a few of the subplots, would have been more developed, this novel would have so much going for it.

Short Review:

Powerful, but it still needs a little work.

Rating: C.


Milli said...

Wow. Even the summary is powerful.It sounds like an amazing book. Thanks for the review!


Audrey (holes In My brain) said...

I've heard nothing but really positive things about this book, so this review is so refreshing. I think for a book dealing with these subject matters, the characters really have to shine, and it's disappointing when they don't. However the reverse order thing you mentioned has me intrigued! great review!