Fault Line

Fault Line

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by C. Desir
     
 

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In a single night, Ani’s life was torn to shreds—and Ben struggles with the weight of trying to fix the unfixable in this heartbreaking and edgy debut novel.

Ben could date anyone he wants, but he only has eyes for the new girl—sarcastic, free-spirited Ani. Luckily for Ben, Ani wants him, too. She’s everything Ben could everSee more details below

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In a single night, Ani’s life was torn to shreds—and Ben struggles with the weight of trying to fix the unfixable in this heartbreaking and edgy debut novel.

Ben could date anyone he wants, but he only has eyes for the new girl—sarcastic, free-spirited 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 Ani, but the more she pushes him away, the more he wonders if there’s anything he can do to save the girl he loves in this powerful, gut-wrenching debut novel.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
03/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—High school senior Ben is busy working on getting a swimming scholarship, dealing with life at home as his father transitions to a new job, and looking out for his younger brother. The teen's life takes a quick and dizzying turn when he falls for Annika, the hot new girl at school. Ani's sexy quips and artsy, adventuresome spirit dazzles Ben, and the connection and chemistry between them grows the more time they spend together. Ben misses a fateful party, while she goes alone with her friend Kate. The next day, he's at the hospital, waiting as Ani gets prepped for a rape kit. Ben and Ani's lives descend rapidly into a nightmare as she reacts to the firestorm of ugly rumors and Ben becomes obsessed with finding out what happened that night. The novel is a grim take on the horrible ramifications of date rape, which impacts not only the victim but all those around her. Similar to Steven Levenkron's The Best Little Girl in the World (Contemporary Bks., 1978), author and rape-victim activist Desir is clearly knowledgeable about this important subject. However, the choice to tell Ani's story from the perspective of an outsider does not help readers understand her or other survivors. Instead, teens' experiences will mirror Ben's own helplessness and frustration as he tries, and fails, to help his girlfriend. A grueling, if unfortunately timely, read.—Evelyn Khoo Schwartz, Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC
VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Beth H. Green
Ben, a star athlete on his high school’s swim team who has practically been awarded a scholarship for such, meets a new student at his school, Ani. Ben falls head over heels for Ani, as do quite a few other young men, but she decides that Ben is “the one” for her. They begin dating exclusively, and appear at all parties and social outings together, with the exception of one party. Ben ends up spending time with his family instead of accompanying Ani to the party, during which Ani is assaulted by an unknown group of men. Ani’s friend calls Ben from the hospital where Ani has been taken and when he arrives, Ben is spoken to by a rape counselor about the issues that might come up after Ani leaves the hospital. Once Ani returns to school, she is taunted and tormented by other students who call her names and label her as promiscuous, among other things. Ben attempts to keep things together for Ani, who refuses to tell her mother about the assault and who demands that Ben do the same. Ani swiftly begins acting in a sexually aggressive manner towards Ben, Ben’s friends, and, eventually, a teacher at their school. In the end, Ben decides to do what he should have done all along in order to get Ani the help that she needs, and he contacts her mother. Readers who are sensitive to violence and sexual matter should be advised prior to reading Fault Line. The issues in this story are important for teens today, and should not be taken lightly. Fault Line is a story that will stay with the reader long after finishing the last chapter. Reviewer: Beth H. Green; Ages 15 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-15
A well-meaning but deeply flawed account of the aftermath of rape. Beez and Ani start dating and eventually having sex in a joyful, caring and mutually respectful relationship. Then Ani goes to a party without Beez, and the next day, Ani's friend Kate calls Beez from the hospital. In a believably confusing incident, Ani has been raped by multiple boys, and, in a final act of hostility, the perpetrators "left a lighter inside of her." (The gruesome specifics of this act are left, uncomfortably, to readers' imaginations.) Ani and Beez are both understandably overwhelmed and confused after the incident, but readers are given few tools with which to make sense of their feelings or behavior. A largely ineffectual counselor offers buzzword-laden suggestions, but the book never expands on the meanings of terms like "empower" or "victim-blaming." The narrative never challenges Beez's refusal to let Ani break up with him nor his attempt to heal her sexually by focusing on her body without regard to her stated wishes. Worst, an incident in which Beez finds Ani in a compromising position with a teacher is presented as evidence of Ani's dysfunction rather than a teacher violating a student. An issue this sensitive should be presented with far greater care. (Fiction. 14-18)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442460744
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
10/15/2013
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
131,066
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
16 - 18 Years

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