The Opposite of Innocent

The Opposite of Innocent

by Sonya Sones


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Poignant and chilling by turns, The Opposite of Innocent is award-winning author Sonya Sones’s most gripping novel in verse yet. It’s the story of a girl named Lily, who’s been crushing on a man named Luke, a friend of her parents, ever since she can remember.

Luke has been away for two endless years, but he’s finally returning today. Lily was only twelve when he left. But now, at fourteen, she feels transformed. She can’t wait to see how Luke will react when he sees the new her. And when her mother tells her that Luke will be staying with them for a while, in the bedroom right next to hers, her heart nearly stops.

Having Luke back is better than Lily could have ever dreamed. His lingering looks set Lily on fire. Is she just imagining them? But then, when they’re alone, he kisses her. Then he kisses her again. Lily’s friends think anyone his age who wants to be with a fourteen-year-old must be really messed up. Maybe even dangerous. But Luke would never do anything to hurt her...would he?

In this powerful tale of a terrifying leap into young adulthood, readers will accompany Lily on her harrowing journey from hopelessness to hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062370310
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 289,363
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: HL750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sonya Sones has written seven novels in verse: The Opposite of Innocent, Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy; What My Mother Doesn’t Know and its companion, What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know; One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies; To Be Perfectly Honest; and Saving Red. Sonya’s books have received many honors, but she was especially thrilled when she learned that she was on the American Library Association’s list of the Most Frequently Challenged Authors of the 21st Century. She lives near the beach in California. You can visit her at or write her at

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The Opposite of Innocent 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Well that was an uncomfortable read. I mean the writing style was good. And yet I wanted to kept reading, kept turning the page. Interesting, as verse novels go, it was interesting. Curious what this author will write next.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
No one prepared me for this. First off, novels in verse aren't normally my thing, and the things this book talks about isn't usually my thing either. Definitely not something I could've predicted myself reading. But because I don't know how to say no to any type of green cover, I needed to have it. Another classic tale of me judging a book by its cover. Lily has had a crush on Luke for years. Luke is a much older friend of her parent's, but that doesn't matter to Lily. She wants him to want her. But then when he kisses her, she doesn't feel as happy as she thought she would. I'm not normally one for novels in verse, but because the cover of this one was so pretty and it was a contemp which is normally my favorite. But because I didn't read the synopsis, I missed a vital part of what this book was about. And to be honest, it kind of caught me off guard. I think it would have been much less harsh if it was written as an actual novel. But I'm not sure if it's me not liking verse novels or this subject written in this way. [Small spoilers] And the ending.... Although it ended on a nice note, I wish it hadn't ended there. For a novel like this, I wish it had given us what actually happened at the end. So that teens can know that telling someone is ok and safe. I wish it had shown the consequences and hadn't let him get away with anything. I know this could just be me, but I really needed this to end up with something happening to him. I wanted to read this because the last book I read made me tense and put me on edge and I was expecting a nice contemp to clear my palate. But this was not it. If this is what you're expecting readers, read a different book. If you're in the mood for hard hitting contemps and something that will hit you right in the feels, this is the one for you.
Readingjunky More than 1 year ago
Fourteen year old Lily is so excited that family friend, Luke, is returning from a research trip in Kenya. She hasn't seen him forever and now he will actually be living with her family until he finds an apartment. Lily's fondest memory of Luke is when she told Luke she hoped to grow up and marry him. His response was that he would definitely wait for her. Lily is thrilled by Luke's initial response to her maturing teen body. She decides to spend as much time as possible with him to convince him that she is more grown up than people might think. She is sure that she is receiving signals from him that indicate he thinks of her as more than just his good friend's daughter. One afternoon on the beach, Luke kisses Lily and assuring her she is worthy of his affections. Soon stolen moments are followed by more than kisses, and Lily lets it slip to her friends that she is interested in an older man. At first the steamy make out sessions are exciting, but after a short while, Luke begins expecting Lily to satisfy his needs in a way that leaves her feeling uncomfortable and lonely. Now fear has Lily afraid to confront him or confide in someone who might help her deal with the out of control relationship. Author Sonya Sones uses her trademark verse to show readers an example of a #metoo situation that is becoming all too familiar. In a final author's note, she urges readers to understand the actions of Luke are totally inappropriate and Lily is not to blame. Sones gives sound advice for readers should they find themselves in similar situations
Brianna_Brickiseed More than 1 year ago
Reviewing this book is particularly hard because its verse format and overall message is favorable, but its fast-paced plot and conclusion is a bit lacking of proper consideration and excitement. Instead of giving a summary of The Opposite of Innocent, I'm cutting straight to my thoughts and concerns. The easy to read format of this verse novel was a huge pro for me. I'm a big Ellen Hopkins fan, and enjoyed reading a book with this style again. The Opposite of Innocent definitely brought out various emotions in me, such as anger, sadness, hope, and satisfaction. I rooted for Lily, and wanted her to make it out of this situation intact. The twists were revealed in a satisfactory manner, and I felt my heart pounding as Lily makes mistakes and faces the consequences of doing so. I understand the importance of spreading the word about sexual abuse, and I respect Sonya Sones's take on this, especially with the Me Too movement being in such full swing. However, this book was extremely fast-paced and lacked an in-depth look at the pain of one who is abused. I literally read this book and found myself wondering why and how Lily's whole mindset could change so rapidly. I feel that those who are victims of sexual abuse, especially by the hands of those who are so close to them, have a harder time grappling the fact that their abuser is wrong. This was not the case with Lily. I just expect a bit more realism in a read based on abuse and the ramifications of rape and sexual assault. The ending forced me to foreshadow my own conclusion, which I disliked. I'm hoping for a sequel or an alternate ending, but I'm not sure Sones is planning to return to this story. Ugh. I like books that have a good plot and happy ending, and instead of getting that through the book itself, I am left having to make up my own conclusion. Argh. While The Opposite of Innocent presents a growing problem and the ramifications of cause-and-effect, it fails to satiate readers' hunger for justice and satisfaction.