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Questionable at Best
Reviewed in Canada on July 1, 2020
Rape subplots are super icky. I don’t see why this book in particular needed one. As a survivor, I personally don’t see what it added when the main issue with the narrator was she couldn’t orgasm. That can be a problem on its own. There’s no need to add a dark undertone to it that ultimately leaves survivors with a bad taste in their mouth because it ultimately wasn’t important to the central issues of the story and was honestly just used for drama. It seemed insensitive and unnecessary. But, I’m not the editor, I’m not the publisher and I’m not the author (who all manage to be the same person). I would be surprised if the author was a survivor herself because I don’t think this was an appropriate story to just barely cover that trauma where it’s mentioned a handful of times. There was so much emphasis on how much better she was after five years which seemed thoroughly disingenuous. After reading the authors note, I am not convinced she isn’t a survivor because she called it a “just-for-fun project” which just further solidifies the alienation in using rape as a subplot.
Otherwise though, the story was cute and I did enjoy the writing even though it was problematic which I think is important when it comes to leisure reading.
I did suuuper enjoy Garrett and Hannah as a couple though, they were super pure and sweet and I adored them.
Garrett’s traumas were just as difficult as Hannah’s and it was again, kind of brushed over and obviously as a “just for fun project,” the author didn’t seem to mind exploiting those kinds of traumas for dramatic effect. Those are two very, very heavy topics and it is a lot for one 300 ish page novel so I’m hoping that the next novels by this author have a little more tact and maybe a little more research if she isn’t familiar with abuse on a whole like I am because I did genuinely like the writing and relationship aspects.