Fault Line

Fault Line

by C. Desir


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Fault Line by C. Desir

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442460720
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: HL630L (what's this?)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

C. Desir writes dark contemporary fiction for young adults. She lives with her husband, three small children, and overly enthusiastic dog outside of Chicago. She has volunteered as a rape victim activist for more than ten years, including providing direct service as an advocate in hospital ERs. She also works as an editor at Samhain Publishing. Visit her at ChristaDesir.com.

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Fault Line 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me start off by saying this is not a light hearted love story. This is a deeply disturbing book for mature readers. As someone who was sexually abused as a child, this story so accurately portrays the damage done to someone who is raped or molested. This isn't a rape story with a happy ending, this is realistic. This book is amazingly written and so incredible. It's engaging from the very start and never has a dull moment. I'd highly recommend this book, however I'd say this is really only for readers 16+. If you're someone who is triggered by rape, think twice before choosing to read this. I have come to terms with my own molestation and recovered and reading this book was not easy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book but i didnt really like the ending
mleigh16 More than 1 year ago
  This book destroyed me. Tough issue books are my favorite and I've read quite a few books dealing with rape before. But this one... It kind of changed my life.  What I Liked: Okay, let’s just say this: I fell in love with Ani just as quickly as Ben did. She was captivating. Honestly, she was so up front and spunky that I kind of wanted to be her at first. Obviously that changed as the story went on, but as far as first impressions go, I loved her.  The story is told from Ben's perspective, which was really unique. I liked that it showed what it was like for someone who loved the victim to deal with the consequences of rape. That isn't a perspective you often read from, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  There is not a single drop of sugar-coating in this book. It is dark and ugly and depressing. At times I actually had to put the book down for a second to get over how repulsive some of the content was. Everyone knows that rape is awful, but this book really makes you realize just how bad it must be to go through something like this. Everything was just so real, even if you didn't like how real it is.  This is going to sound super confusing and weird but here it is: I loved that I hated who Ani became. Rape changes people, we all know that. Unfortunately, often in tough issue books, we find that the “tough” part of tough issues can be a little lacking. Ani… didn’t deal with her rape very well. But, guess what, that’s what makes it real. Real people struggle when bad things happen to them, and they usually don’t make the best choices. I’ll obviously stop describing her reaction here so that you can read it yourself.  The timeline of this story is also pretty brilliant. The first page or so and the last chapter are the same event. It shows how Ani is, and then it goes back and shows how she got there. The pacing is perfect. The first half of the book shows the time from when Ben and Ani met up to the rape. The second half shows the after, and as I mentioned before, takes you back to where the book started. I could go on, but I think you get the idea and I don’t want this to be too long… What I Didn’t Like:  There isn’t much for me to put here, but I do have one suggestion. You should be careful with this book. I wouldn’t even consider letting some of my friends read this, and they’re like sixteen and seventeen. I usually don’t shy away from lending books because of content, but in the case of this book, I’m only letting a couple of my friends who are very mature and can handle the content in this book borrow it. Being a rape book, there is quite a bit of sexual content, not only from the actual rape but in Ani and Ben’s personal lives as well. And some of the rumors about Ani at the party and some of the things that happen with her… I shudder thinking about them. Don’t get me wrong, this is one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read, but it is also filled with drugs and drinking, strong language, sexual content, and heavy thematic materials.  Overall, if you feel like you can handle all the stuff that goes on in this book, read it. I recommend it highly. Trust me in knowing that you will love this book if you enjoy dealing with tough issues. 
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Fault Line by C. Desir Publisher: Simon Pulse Publication Date: October 15, 2013 Rating: 3 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: Despite my slightly low rating of this book, I enjoyed this book! I was scared that I wouldn't, because everyone who follows me regularly knows how I generally feel about "tough-issues" contemporary novels. For the most part, I either LOVE them or HATE them - and it's usually the latter. I actually just read Far From You by Tess Sharpe, and it got three stars from me, but on the negative side. This rating, of Fault Line, is on the positive side of three stars. I liked this one. Ani and Ben have a whirlwind relationship - upon seeing each other, they fall in lust. Ben loves her blunt, straightforward attitude towards everything. Ani is unique, different, special. Ben is sweet and thoughtful, athletic and totally male. Together, the pair is all kinds of fabulous. But things change when one night, Ben doesn't go to a party with Ani. And something happens to Ani - something awful, something that should never happen to anyone. Half of this book is about what happens before, then what happens, and then the other half is about what happens after. This book is told from Ben's first-person perspective, and I liked that! It was interesting to see a story of a person's rape from not an outside, someone who cares greatly about the victim. A very direct relationship, but not the victim herself. Ben is a great protagonist, and I liked following his perspective. I respect him for all of his decisions - trying to stay Ani, keep her secrets, shield her, love her. I don't agree with all of them, especially when it comes to the swim scholarship, but I respect them. Ani... I did and did not like her. I feel so bad for her - no girl should never have to go through what she went through. The author portrayed the situation and Ani's personality changes SO WELL - I was impressed. I hate what Ani became, but I love how well the author wrote her victim. That's something that really stuck out to me - how well Desir created this story. How well she constructed reactions, emotions, capabilities. She had everything perfectly placed - Ani's breakdown, Ben's desperation, the back and forth between them... I really love how Desir knew her stuff, about the victim, the people close to the victim, the reaction of the students, and so on. Wow. Overall, this novel is really powerful. I try not to read too many "tough-issue" books because I usually dislike them, but also, because they are so sad. But the powerful sad, the kind that makes you think and appreciate what you have. I don't know how I would react, if I were ever placed in the situation Ani was (hopefully, that never happens). Yes, I want to blame Ani in part, but also the people who did the terrible act. This book definitely makes you think! What I Did Not Like: While I definitely enjoyed this book, there some things that I would have liked to seen. For example, understanding Ani's side of things would have helped my perspective of her. Knowing exactly what happened to her that night, by the end of the book, would have helped. I liked the fact that this book was written in Ben's perspective, because it shows the aftereffects of the tragic event from the perspective of someone very close to the victim, but not actually the victim. However, perhaps alternating points-of-view would have worked better in this book. We could see Ani's side of things as well as Ben's. I feel like readers see Ani in a highly negative light, even if she is the victim. I almost hated her for what she was doing after the rape, but that's not right - she was raped. So, it would have helped to understand Ani's thought process, so that I would not have disliked her as much. That felt wrong.  Also, we never get to know EXACTLY, DEFINITIVELY, what happened that night. There are rumors, ideas, gossip, but nothing is concretely known. Part of this is because Ani doesn't remember anything. However, the truth could have come from the other boys? I feel like somehow, the author should have conveyed the events of that night to readers. In real life, this doesn't happen often - knowing exactly what happened - but in fiction, it would have been nice, maybe? But my biggest thing was about Ani - I felt bad disliking her, but I really did not like her, by the end of the book. I totally understand that her reactions were from the event, but if I could have seen things EXACTLY from her point-of-view, then maybe I would have felt differently towards her. But as an outsider? I was saddened, disheartened, and disgusted BY WHAT SHE WAS DOING, not by what happened to her. Would I Recommend It: If you enjoy "tough-issue" contemporary novels, then I would definitely recommend this novel. Actually, I liked this one, so I would recommend it to anyone. Obviously, there were things that nagged me, but my overall feeling for this book was positive. The message of this book is very powerful, and I wish everyone would read this book or a book similar to it, to experience the before and after of such a tragic and life-changing event.  Rating: 3 stars. I definitely enjoyed this book, but I wanted a little more. It's an excellent debut and a great "tough-issues" novel!
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Before I even start with this review, I want to forewarn you that this story is not pretty. It’s ugly, dark and the cold hard truth. If you do not like rape stories, especially ones that are graphic and dark, I suggest you take care when you read this. Once upon a time, I was college and met this girl. Let’s call her A. She was fun, free and loud. One night at a party something went wrong and she was never the same. After that, she didn’t seem to care about anything. All she wanted to do was party hard and harder. People started to talk about her and she didn’t even bat an eye. She told me that she was pregnant, had an abortion and went to party again. Only to call me a few weeks later, saying that she might be pregnant again and needed to borrow money from me for another abortion. I put my foot down and talked to her. She didn’t like what I had to say and stop being my friend. I felt like I lost and had no idea what to do to help her. After years of destroying herself, her body and her soul, she finally came clean. We became friends again but it wasn’t the same. What Fault Line reads is true. And unfortunately I lived through that exact thing with my friend. Every minute of every day she destroyed everything. She took blame in for what happen to her and carried it around everywhere. No matter what I said to her, to no avail would she listen. I thank God that she did eventually got the help that she needed but it took years. What I want to say is that many people may not like this story and the pictures it paints. But guess what? We live in a REAL WORLD, with ugly people. This stuff happens FOR REAL. People self-destruct and it not only hurts them but hurts others around them. Not everything occurs just like the story but each victim has their own story to tell and their own heartache to go through. So when you read this story, think about the girls and boys who go through this. Who hide everything inside just to live. Who live with this darkness that they can not get rid of no matter how hard they push it aside. It’s takes months…years of help to get even an ounce of some normalcy. In short, this book is good…really good. I swear it was like I was living my Freshmen year all over again. It made me cry and it made me angry that I didn’t do more for A. Read it.
RHas More than 1 year ago
Fault Line is about a relationship between a girlfriend (Ani) and a boyfriend (Ben) after Ani was raped at a party. It's not too often that an author is realistic about rape, C.Desir portrays rape in a very realistic way and what your life would be like is someone you loved had been raped. The book was very eye opening in the way that it showed me that rape is a huge deal and it can change a person’s life forever. Most of the book is about how Ani has changed and Ben is trying to change her back to her old self. Ani goes from being happy and typical teenage girl to being someone who doesn't care about the image they are putting off and doesn't care about what they are doing to their body.   I would recommend this book to everyone, although not everyone would get the same things out of it.  The book draws you in from page one and you can’t stop reading it and thinking about how it will effect Ben and Ani's relationship. Fault Line is written so real and there are many life lessons to be learned; everyone should read this book.  
InLibrisVeritas More than 1 year ago
Oh boy, Fault Line was a really tough cookie. It’s one of those books that leave an impression long after you read it and pulls each emotion from you in a really raw way. Fault Line centers around Ben and his new relationship with Ani, a new girl at his high school and just how much pain and trauma they go through because of one incident. This is by no means an easy or light read, and if you ever pick it up you should be aware that the author does not shy away from the reality of rape. The book has it’s flaws, which I will go over, so I think this is a book that really relies on reader response. So you’ll either enjoy it or you won’t…I think a middle of the road reaction will be rare. Ben is a character that I initially started out disliking but as the book barreled forward I really started to respect him as a character, despite his flaws. There were moments where he had ‘sex on the brain’ which I’d say is pretty realistic for an active teen guy, based off of most of the guy friends I had in high school. But he’s a good kid and really does have ambition, drive and respect for Ani. When things get tough he doesn’t high tail it and stand on the sidelines, he actively tries…and sure he messes up, but he tries. There were times when I wanted him to step away and leave it, but then moments later I was hoping he would get through to her. I didn’t want him to lose as much as he did. Ani wasn’t the easiest character to like as she’s very blunt and straightforward, but the downward spiral she gets placed on is so severe that it really hurt to see her change and pull away from Ben. We don’t know if Ani is actually raped and neither does Ben or Ani, but I don’t think it’s really about if it happened or not, for me the book was more about the effect that the possibility of rape had on the, and the self blame that occurs after the incidents. Her reaction is a drastic one and it’s not easy to get through. As I said there are some flaws, but to me they didn’t really bring the story down. The relationship between Ben and Ani isn’t really given the time to develop over the course of the 240 pages and I think if it had been given that time this book would have found a five star rating from me. As it is though we are kind of given the relationship, showed their chemistry and then things start to go downhill. There were moments when Ben’s unwavering loyalty drove me batty, and I think if some fleshing out had occurred then I would have understand him a bit better. We do get a lot of small details about Ben’s family but very few are followed and while I do see it as something could have been fleshed out more, I also know that Ben was barely following as he was caught up in Ani. Fault Line is a hard read and I don’t see it as something most people can walk away from with no opinion. This is a book about reactions and feelings. I do recommend it but it’s very hesitantly because I know not everyone is going to see the book the same way.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
Fault Line by author Christa Desir was definitely a novel d that I was interested in reading due to the fact that it focuses on a very important topic that isn’t touched down on much: rape. What I will say, now that I’ve finished this novel, is that this is a very good read that shows the impact that rape survivors not only go through themselves but what happens to those around them. Fault Line was an emotional, dramatic and powerful read. In Fault Line main character Ben meets Annika. She’s the only girl he wants. She’s witty, sarcastic, and beautiful. At first things seem great. Ben wants Ani, Ani wants him back and they quickly fall into a relationship. While Ben is slowly starting to fall for Ani and Ani continues acting like herself it seems like nothing could ruin what they have going for them. Until the one weekend when Ben thinks that Ani is leaving for a Girl’s Night and discovers that something else has happened entirely. She went to a party, one he should have been at but wasn’t—and Ani was assaulted.  Trying to recover from the experience, Ani’s life begins to spiral downward and Ben is working so hard to fix his girlfriend. But dealing with the mysteries of what happened that night, the mystery of who did this to Ani and the rumors circulating around the school involving what happened to Ani at the party, all proves to be more difficult than Ben thought. Suddenly he begins to wonder if he even can save his girlfriend or if she’s too far gone already. Fault Line was a read that I didn’t expect to get me attached to the character the way I did. I liked Ben and Ani’s relationship from before the assault. They were cute in a high school relationship kind of way. But after the assault I did like Ben’s character and the way he stuck by her no matter what. Fault Line really goes into the aftermath of what happens to the victims of assault and what happens to the people around them. Ben is heavily impacted by Ani’s choices and it changes and challenges their relationship. The writing style used in Fault Line is very simplistic which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I personally really liked it because it felt more real when I read from Ben’s point of view. It made it easier to get into his mindset and see things the way he was seeing them happen around him. I will admit that there are a few time changes in the novel that aren’t indicated and weeks will go by in a chapter with no warning. Which did get a bit confusing but it isn’t anything that would deter me from reading this novel. Fault Line was very dramatic and shocking. There is a huge “Oh my God” factor when we find out what happened to Ani and discover the meaning behind why there is a lighter on the cover of this book. It is a bit disturbing but it’s also gritty and real. It doesn’t trudge lightly on the topic of assault and rape—Fault Line tells it like it is. Desir does not offer anything lightly in the novel, she delivers scenes that give an impact and emphasize the importance of this topic and I admire that a lot from this read.  That being said readers who do read Fault Line should be aware that it appropriately deals with the subject with content that some readers may find offensive. The ending of Fault Line was so emotional. Not just because it’s shocking and takes you back to where the novel starts—but it also shows that there might not always be a happily ever after in these situations. I personally loved that most about it. I would recommend Fault Line to readers who are looking for a read that appropriately handles this topic, readers who are looking for a novel that gives them some food for thought and readers who want a read that will shock you and give you some insight into the aftermath of assault.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dark journey of a rape victim and her boyfriend's desperate attempt to save her.  Absolutely terrible ending, feels like the author left you completely hanging.  I need closure! 
A_Good_Addiction More than 1 year ago
This book is utterly stunning. There's so much that's hard to read about this one. It doesn't hold back in any way, and I walked away from this one pretty broken. But it also forced me to see some hard truths in the subject matter this one tackles, and admire not only the execution of it, but the impact as well. Ben completely breaks me. He's definitely a favorite character of mine, for all he goes through, all he does, how much he loves Ani despite happens, and how determined he is to fix her...even if maybe that's not enough. There are so many layers to this, many of them subtle. This is one of those books I want to push on everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading about rape isn't easy. Not only because reading about sexual violence can stir all kinds of uncomfortable reactions and realizations, but because some writers (and publishers) are too afraid to tell the truth. Too often, writers -- especially when writing for younger audiences -- tackle hard issues by sugar-coating everything in sight. The victims are helpless yet oh-so-likable. The heroes are, well, heroic and, yes, oh-so-likable. The villain gets what's coming. And we wait for that predictable, cathartic happy-ever-after. Then a book like "Fault Line" comes along -- written by the brilliant Christa Desir -- and, in those hold-your-breath closing pages, we realize we've just read something truly groundbreaking. Desir has written a story that is so compelling, created central characters that are so real, that you quickly become hooked to the story's momentum. Yet, Ben and Ani -- the loved-up teens you cheer on from the very start -- feel so authentic that you dread even more what you know is about to happen. "Fault Line" begins as a quirky teen romance, written through Ben's point of view, but it all quickly spirals out of his control. Ben is a normal guy, with normal and healthy and complex ambitions and ideas about family and school and dating and sex. His new girlfriend Ani has normal and healthy and complex ideas about who she is and how she wants to live her life. Like Ben, she's both confident and, at times, quiet. Ben is falling in love with Ani. And Ani is falling in love with Ben. And then everything for them very suddenly starts to fall apart. After Ani is gang-raped at a party that Ben missed, Ani is turned into an unrecognizable, self-destructive shell of her former self. Ben is equally alone. In his attempts to "fix" his girlfriend, Ben comes to see that getting his Ani back may be as impossible as going back in time. In this sense, Desir weaves a story about teen rape and rape culture through a lens that is as important as it is devastating. And by devastating I mean brutally honest. "Fault Line" raises questions few people dare to ask. How should we communicate with the people we love when those people we love have been violated in ways that will change them forever? How should we protect them, comfort them, help them, and is it even our right to try? Desir shows us how sexual violence breaks everything and everyone, directly and indirectly. She forces us to ask questions about how we think about and talk about rape. And she reminds us that, for survivors of sexual violence and the people around them, nothing can ever be the same again. And it's here, in the depths of a tragic truth, that "Fault Line" soars. When we read about heroes and happy endings, we drop the book onto our nightstands and sleep well, fooled into thinking that everything will be alright. But "Fault Line" devastates and numbs and enrages, leaving us desperate and ready for answers and solutions to a culture of rape and violence that has gone too far. "Fault Line" is hard to pick up. But once you do, it's hard to put down and even harder to shake from your head.