Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can’t wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I’m particularly excited for…
Fault Line by Christa Desir
Ben could date anyone he wants, but he only has eyes for the new girl — sarcastic free-spirit, Ani. Luckily for Ben, Ani wants him too. She’s everything Ben could ever imagine. Everything he could ever want.
But that all changes after the party. The one Ben misses. The one Ani goes to alone.
Now Ani isn’t the girl she used to be, and Ben can’t sort out the truth from the lies. What really happened, and who is to blame?
Ben wants to help her, but she refuses to be helped. The more she pushes Ben away, the more he wonders if there’s anything he can do to save the girl he loves.
This sounds like a tough emotional read, but I think it will be worth it because of the unique perspective. I assume this book is about rape or sexual assault, and these stories are generally told from the point of view of the victim. I’ve read at least one book from the perspective of the perpetrator (Inexcusable by Chris Lynch, which really was inexcusably bad), but none from the perspective of a bystander of sorts. I think it will be interesting to read about this important issue from the point of view of a person who’s close to the victim and trying to understand what’s happened, as opposed to someone directly involved. Usually this issue is covered from one of the two aforementioned points of view, and we never really get to know the struggles of the friends or boyfriend or family of the people involved. I really hope this book turns out to be as good as it sounds.