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Posted January 2, 2012
review courtesy of One Book At A Time
I expected this book to make me uncomfortable, after all it's about a hate crime. But, I really didn't expect to dislike the way I did.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I think my main problem was with the way people rallied around Jimmy. Everyone seemed to think he was this great guy and there was no way that he could have attacked anybody, let alone kill them. But, it's like they are all delusional to his true character. As the story comes out, we realize that people are great about seeing what they want to see. This story is also a perfect example of how hate breeds more hate. In the end, I disliked Jimmy's dad way more than I disliked him.
I actually disliked Lisa Marie a lot too. I couldn't understand her motive for being on Jimmy's side. She didn't even see what really happened. She was down right nasty to Skylar, who is suppose to be her best friend. I think part of it stems from jealousy, but she really rubbed me the wrong way.
I also thought this story had way to many viewpoints. Someone new would be thrown in just for a short little section never to be heard from again. It was trying to paint a picture of the kind of person Jimmy (and his dad) was. But, all it did for me was make the story feel disconnected.
A let down for sure. It could have been great!