The Way It Hurts

The Way It Hurts

by Patty Blount

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The Way It Hurts by Patty Blount

There may be two sides to every story, but sometimes there's only one way to set things right...

Music is Elijah's life. His band plays loud and hard, and he'll do anything to get them a big break. He needs that success to help take care of his sister, who has special needs. So he'd rather be practicing when his friends drag him to a musical in the next town...until the lead starts to sing.

Kristen dreams of a career on stage like her grandmother's. She knows she needs an edge to get into a competitive theater program—and being the star in her high school musical isn't going to cut it. The applause and the attention only encourage her to work harder.

Elijah can't take his eyes off of Kristen's performance, and he snaps a photo of her in costume that he posts online with a comment that everybody misunderstands. It goes viral. Suddenly, Elijah and Kristen are in a new spotlight as the online backlash spins out of control. And the consequences are bigger than they both could have ever imagined because these threats don't stay online...they follow them into real life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492632788
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 642,676
Product dimensions: 12.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

PATTY BLOUNT works as a software technical writer by day and novelist by night. Dared by her 13-year-old son to try fiction, Patty wrote her first manuscript in an ice rink. A short version of her debut novel, Send, finished in the top ten of the Writer's Digest 79th Annual Writing Competition.

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The Way It Hurts 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Way It Hurts by Patty Blount Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Publication Date: August 1, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): There may be two sides to every story, but sometimes there's only one way to set things right... Music is Elijah's life. His band plays loud and hard, and he'll do anything to get them a big break. He needs that success to help take care of his sister, who has special needs. So he'd rather be practicing when his friends drag him to a musical in the next town...until the lead starts to sing. Kristen dreams of a career on stage like her grandmother's. She knows she needs an edge to get into a competitive theater program―and being the star in her high school musical isn't going to cut it. The applause and the attention only encourage her to work harder. Elijah can't take his eyes off of Kristen's performance, and his swooning face is captured on camera and posted with an out-of-context comment. It goes viral. Suddenly, Elijah and Kristen are in a new spotlight as the online backlash spins out of control. And the consequences are bigger than they both could have ever imagined because these threats don't stay online...they follow them into real life. What I Liked: To say that I'm not a huge fan of YA contemporary would be a gross understatement, especially when it comes to what I call "tough-issue YA contemporary. When I decided to try one of Patty Blount's books a few years ago, I had no expectations. It was an early read, and I wasn't too sure I would enjoy the story, but I was curious about. That book was TMI, which I ended up really liking. I went on to read Some Boys, which I loved, and Nothing Left to Burn, which I reread recently and honestly I love that book now even more than I did two years ago. I may say that I don't typically like tough-issue YA contemporary, but I can always count on this author to write really good contemporary, with relevant issues that teen deal with in this time, and a sweet romance to make me smile. In The Way It Hurts, there is Elijah, lead singer and bass guitarist of the band Ride Out, which he and two friends created when they were in eighth grade. It's a heavy metal type of band, whose music receives a lot of criticism - especially from Kristen Cartwright, a theater girl who can sing, dance, and act like she's on Broadway. But Kristen needs an edge to get into great programs. And Elijah and the band need exposure and popularity - fast. Elijah and Kristen may not agree on music preferences, but they both agree that it would be a smart move for Kristen to join the band. And she does. But at what cost? With the rising popularity of the band and the increasing number of creepy and threatening social media posts Kristen receives, maybe becoming famous isn't what Kristen wants. Especially when things catch up to her in real life. I usually don't go after books with the "rock star" types because I don't always connect with that protagonist. But from the start, I fell for Elijah. He has a bad-boy reputation and a dangerous image, which he wants. It helps the band and he knows all about perception and illusion. Elijah isn't a punk who likes to scream into a microphone. He is creative, dedicated, and very intelligent, proving over and over that he knows his music inside and out. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
LGuilfoil1 More than 1 year ago
How do you stop the tweet heard 'round the world? YA is not my preferred genre, but I’ve loved everything I’ve ever read by author Patty Blount so far, so I decided to give this book a try, too. I’m so glad I did. It was excellent! Elijah and Kris are two typical teens, wrapped up in their own worlds of angst, ego, and just trying to make it through the school year without anyone finding out they’re not actually as cool and confident as they like to appear. Both are musically talented, but their goals couldn’t be more different. Kris wants to get accepted into a conservatory and seriously study her craft. Elijah wants instant fame with his band at any cost. When a tweet he makes about her goes viral, it sets up an online battle between fans and haters that spills over into real life and puts not only their futures, but their safety, at risk. As with her award-winning book, Some Boys, Ms. Blount has keyed in on another issue today’s teens face. The internet creates a dangerous environment where people can bully, threaten, and intimidate from behind the anonymity of a screen name or Twitter handle. But cyber words can have actual consequences. It may take Elijah most of the book to figure that out, but in the end he discovers what’s truly important, and it isn’t fame. I truly enjoyed this book, and I look forward to the next one by this talented author.
krlga More than 1 year ago
Elijah wants his band to succeed, and is willing to do anything to get them the recognition that he feels they deserve, even if it means playing tamed down music at the county fair for exposure. Kristen has her summer figured out, but when she is rejected from the Arts program she auditioned for she is crushed, but goes to perform in her school's performance because the show must go on. When Elijah sees Kristen perform, he knows that she is just what his band needs to step up their game. The hard part will be to convince his band-mates and Kristen the same... And to keep his feelings out of the mix. I have been so lucky in the books that I have tackled recently because they have all been really enjoyable reads, making me so sad to put one down for fear the next can't live up to the high expectations I currently have. Well, this book was love for me. I had anticipated to like the story, pretty much due to the music aspect and the push-pull relationship hinted at in the synopsis, but I was caught off guard by the love I felt while reading this story. I was swept up by everything that was this book: the banter, the emotional turmoil the characters deal with, the family bonds, the angst, the pull of romantic love, the disappointment of failure, the humor of the battle of the sexes, the high of performing, the hurt others can cause, and the twitter battle and reality of harmful social media. I felt so many emotions while reading, and was on the verge of tears a few times without even being aware they were coming until my chest was tight with emotion. You want feels? Then you have come to the right place. The best part of the story was how Patty mixed the flair and flamboyant Broadway style with the dark gritty world of Heavy Metal. As a side note, I don't think the cover did the book justice, don't get me wrong it's an ok cover, but I feel like the story was so much more than what the cover seems. This story was about family, relationships in general and the big factor that ties them all together- Music. The things that stood out to me the most was Elijah's relationship with his special needs sister Anna and Kristen's grandmother Etta. Elijah loves his sister, regardless of how difficult she can be and he is willing to bend over backward to make her happy, which is uncommon for a teen, who are usually so focused on themselves at that age. You find out pretty late in the story that she is part of the autism spectrum, but the signs were around. I liked that Elijah never saw her as a burden, but instead he could see her intelligence and potential, and would do whatever he could to let her be herself. The fact he sings to her to calm her and has fully clothed, totally not inappropriate (regardless of what his mom says!) bath time with her was heart warming. Etta was such an influential person to Kristen, she inspired her to follow in her footsteps, her quotes help Kristen make life choices and she was the encouragement that Kristen needed to make her big choice- with out Etta, Kristen would never have been where she ended up. This was my first book by Patty and I enjoyed her writing, the pacing, and use of social media- mixing the text conversations with actual conversation to keep it relevant for the time. She created people I felt for, that I loved, that I rooted for, and I believed in. And the ending was just what I wanted, a nice wrap-up to the story that covered everything I wanted to know (I love having a book with no loose ends).
AnnaBastos More than 1 year ago
Kristen has always criticized Elijah's band on a social media site focused on artists, at times attracting a streak of offenses from band members and too-dedicated fans. It is at least an irony that the moment the first meet, the two feel attract and Elijah knows his band needs exactly what only Kristen's talent can provide. And he's desperate enough to get money for his sister to do anything. I think this story had a real good idea, and the book presented great situations that show how scary the internet can be nowadays. In theory, it was so good I feel it's a pity it didn't translate into a superb book. It's still nice. I'd give it 3.5 but the many flaws got in the way of rounding it up. I think this shouldn't have been a romance. Kristen and Elijah's relationship is too twisted, and I didn't get the feeling of love conquers all that was needed to convince me they could work. Still, they for sure were characters that felt real. First, we have Kristen, who is basically an internet troll without even noticing. Her messages to the band are offensive, she stirs up the fans and she never gives up, always ready to criticize the same things. as chauvinistic as the band's lyrics and behavior could be, two wrongs don't make a right. (And aside from a pogo stick mention, we only saw them behaving like that but never the lyrics themselves to have an opinion of our own). And yes, Elijah misbehave on purpose, because that's what he understands metal is, what their fans like. It took him really long to notice his ways and I'm not so confident he really changed. He uses Kristen, despite her objections, and allow it all to explode. He's too blind to notice all the fame the fake online battle between Kristen and him attracted to care about Kristen's actual safety in the real world. And the worst is it's almost all forgiven just because that was just his persona, he's not really like that. I acknowledge the characters did change through the book. But I don't think it was enough, which does happen in real life. Really, who changes 100%? But when you're reading a romance, you want to cheer for the characters and that is hard when there's a bad aftertaste. Also, the side characters could have been more than stereotypes, maybe that could have distracted me. This would have been a great story if the author's goal wasn't so obviously the romance. As such, I think she failed to give each of them the redemption they needed. Still, this was nice, and intense, and surely engaging. Notwithstanding my critic on the side characters, I think the author portrayed Elijah's sister very well, she's autistic and that for sure demanded a hell lot of research she could have easily avoided. Not that I'm knowledgeable in the topic but for me it seemed much superior to what others are doing out there. This is a good book but it brings sensitive content and sure lots of possible triggers, like online abuse. It's really a twisted story, which was given a romance treatment. It's not that it doesn't knowledge the former—unlike Hush, Hush or Twilight—, it really does. But it doesn't do enough, in my opinion, to leave us with those dreamy eyes romances were supposed to. At last, this was my first Patty Blount but her talent is undeniable; there will be a next. Thank you Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the ARC so I could write this honest review.
JAislynn More than 1 year ago
**This book was reviewed for Sourcebooks/Fire via Netgalley, and for Barclay Publicity The Way It Hurts is told through the alternating viewpoints of Kristen and Elijah. Kristen is a singer and actor. Elijah is part of a rock band called Ride Out. He hears Kristen sing at a high school performance of Cats and wants her talent in his band. After foolishly posting a tweet without considering the full ramifications, he approaches her and asks if she'll join them. She finally decided to give it a try, hoping for something unique to add to applications to conservatories. As things progress, the initial tweet posted by Elijah, later added to in deliberate publicity efforts by both Kristen and himself, gets wildly out of control, leading to threats and more than one physical assault on Kristen. Eventually this and severe miscommunications lead to a break between the pair. What will it take to repair the damage done? Blount’s The Way It Hurts is a spectacular read addressing a number of issues pertinent to young adults (and adults) in the world today. Chief among these is communication, played out on so many different levels. It ties to the nature of social networks, which may connect thousands of people, but they often do the opposite of fostering useful communication, especially when the face to face or verbal aspects of communication are cut off. You cannot see the people you would hurt with words, so it's okay. Misunderstandings are common, too, once nonverbal cues and verbal inflection is removed. The fracturing of such communication allows the nasty, the vicious, the crude, to come to the foreground because they tend to be the loudest… like annoying yappy dogs barking at nothing. Music as a method of communication is very strong, especially in regards to Anna and Maggie, who are autistic. Elijah can converse with Anna through music alone. Also stressed is the need to be direct in our communication, to speak what we truly feel. How much interpersonal conflict could be averted if both parties were open with one another instead of leaving things to guesswork. We will always guess based on how we would react, but that other person isn't us and wasn't shaped by the same things that shaped us. Another broad issue is perception, which Elijah comments on. There's no truth, only perception. By ignoring certain things, it allowed them to mushroom instead of collapse because people are gossips and will make stuff up happily if they are not provided accounts by the people in question. Perception comes into play again in regards to how people view certain things, say heavy metal music, without taking time to understand it. Falling under these two broad issues are a host of others like ageism (Etta is awesome!), sexism, perpetuation of rape culture, and discrimination against the disabled. I was horrified with people's reactions to Anna, and later Maggie, disgusted that they should think these girls have no right to be out in public at all. It happens all too often in the real world.
ahyperboliclife More than 1 year ago
2.5 Stars I don't care why we liked music, how it affected us, or why it was so important. I only knew that it mattered. The Way It Hurts is a story of music, family, love, and discovery. Elijah Hamilton, rocker extraordinaire, is floored by aspiring Broadways star, Kristin Cartwright , and invited Kristin to join his band so they have the edge they need to break big. We follow the teens as they learn more about the nastiness of social media, deal with intense family drama, and navigate their feeling for each other with the good of the band. The Way It Hurts was a surprising emotional read, that was really easy to become invested in the characters. Things I Liked I really loved the family dynamics in the story. Kristin adores her grandmother Etta and wishes to follow in her footsteps of a life on the stage. They have a very open and fun relationship that is incredible supportive and encouraging. Elijah is a fantastic brother. He cares about his sister Anna more than anything in the world, and it was really great to see that side of him. Things I Didn't Like I feel like there was an overall lack of direction. There was so much stuff going on, that I don't know if everything got the attention it deserved. Eli and Kristin also didn't feel clearly defined, like they were torn between two stereotypes. The side characters were pretty absent. We don't really learn anything about Sam and Nick, the other band members, or Eli or Kristin's families. It made the world feel smaller, which was a shame. I don't think enough attention was given to the online harassment and extreme sexism that Kristin faces in the story. It represents a very serious real world problem countless women face, so I would have liked to confront the problem, especially the band's own sexism more. This was a good story, that could have been more. I thought the relationships were all really well developed and made me want to continue the story. The characters were all a little flat for me, but the emotions felt real so I still enjoyed the story - despite my complaints. This was a good story that blended music and family really well. I received a copy of the book from the publisher NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
sweetpotato101 More than 1 year ago
*2.5 stars. This book had a lot of potential. I read Some Boys by this author a while back, and it had a really important message about rape culture and it was unafraid to explore those issues. The Way it Hurts started within the same, courageous vein, but it felt short and I had a hard time finishing the book. Elijah and Kristen are on opposite sides of the musical spectrum-- Elijah likes hard rock and metal, while Kristen leans more towards theatre. It’s a twist of fate that has them working together musically, but both have dreams of their own and challenges in the way. When the outside world intrudes, both have to decide if their dreams are worth the risks. Reading this book was a bit of a rollercoaster. The first half was a bit rough for me. There’s a lot of back and forth between many different personas—online and offline—that I didn’t get a clear grasp of the characters. That said, I so enjoyed how much of today’s culture (and social media hierarchy) was in this book. Each little chapter had a Twitter display page, and it was fun following each of the characters’ pages after meeting. They both have these misconceptions of the other, and you just know they are going to clash.The backstories were exceptionally well-drawn, too, and diverse. I could appreciate everything they both have to work through—musically and personally. It just felt like the plot went in circles. Elijah and Kristen definitely don’t see eye-to-eye which really kicked the story forward in the beginning. The problem was that they had the same conversations over and over, and no one learned anything new. One or both would walk off in a huff and then the next day it’s the same confrontation. Some important things happen too that were overlooked and left loose ends. Then there were the frustrating characters! Sam plays a huge part, and he gets a lot more page time than Elijah and Kristen. Elijah’s misogyny and his lack of concern by Kristen’s harassment baffled and irritated me completely. Kristen lost some of my respect too in how she would deal with situations. Overall, I finished this book by the skin of my teeth. If you’re looking for a book that really captures the essence of social media and how it affects a young adult audience, I think there’s enough bare bones here to be a satisfying read. The romantic connection, however, was lacking.
onemused More than 1 year ago
“The Way it Hurts” is an intriguing YA novel about two musical teens, Elijah and Kristen. Elijah (Eli) is the lead singer for the hard rock band, Ride Out, which has a few diehard fans but not the following they are hoping for to make it big. Eli is really banking on Ride Out working as a thing so that he can help take care of his special needs sister, Anna. Kristen plans to become a star like her grandmother Etta (one of the best characters in the book) and has the amazing voice to do it. She is planning to go to an amazing musical school for college, which should help launch her career. She already participates in an online forum designed to help artists with feedback and has critiqued Ride Out for their sexist lyrics. Eli attends Kristen’s high school production of “Cats” and falls in love with her voice (and body) right there. He begins a trending topic by tweeting things like that he’d like to make her scream #catcall and begins to pursue her. He thinks that she could be the perfect element to take Ride Out to the next level. Their online war heats up as does their personal interactions, sparking a #KrisvsEli that gives them the publicity to go with the talent. Combating personal/familial problems and balancing the band plus social media is not as easy as it seems for Kristen and Eli. Things get pretty scary for Kristen when fans take the online banter too seriously, threaten her with rape, and begin stalking her around town. The demonstration of this fear and potential for harm are a really good thing for teens to observe. However, what is really lacking is the ability to properly handle this fear- especially when it’s confronting her in everyday life with people stalking and attacking her. This book had a lot of potential when handling such an intense and powerful topic, but I feel it fell short on showing teens about the resources available and what they could do if ever put in this situation. Also, Eli said some pretty sexist things but since he cares about his sister, it seems like it’s written off. This type of dialogue should never be excused, no matter how nice a man/boy is to another woman. I feel like there was a missed opportunity for some personal growth. He starts to get an idea of how harmful this could be, but I think it misses the mark overall. The focus of the book ends up being on their romance, resisting the pull to be together and the banter back and forth. I think a better focus would have been on how to handle the online sexism and violence towards Kristen- we observe it happen but then don’t see how it can be resolved (except to delete all her accounts? But this would not stop stalkers who have decided to target her). I was surprised that they didn’t really follow up on this/kept the focus on the teenage romance. I read the whole book and feel that it was a great start, but I would have wanted more (resolution/growth/help), so I am giving it a middling star review for it’s OK, but I think it could have been even better. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.