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Fault Line

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  1,178 ratings  ·  241 reviews
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 lie
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by SimonPulse
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Steph Sinclair
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

Sometimes when I hear of professional critics or other authors looking down on the YA genre, I can't help but to shake my head and pity them. "The Young Adult genre is for kids!" they cry. "There's no depth!" they exclaim. And then I read a book like Fault Line and it's clear that those people have no idea what they're talking about. What other genre is able to connect so deeply with people of all ages? What other genre can push the limits as much as YA does and have us r
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Ellen Hopkins
This is a must-read, because the conversation is so important. Rarely do we look at rape from the viewpoint of someone who's in love with the victim, and not the perpetrator. I have lately seen a huge necessity for teen boys to gain understanding of what rape is, especially as concerns date rape. The author is a rape survivor, and an advocate for rape victims, so she comes from a place of true knowledge. And she doesn't tiptoe around the ugliness.
Steph Campbell
So gorgeous. And heartbreaking. And real. And moving. And brilliant.
Jenni Arndt
I’m the type of reviewer that has to sit down immediately after finishing a book and get my review down because otherwise little details seem to leave my mind and the review isn’t a thorough as I would like. Well, with Fault Line I put down the book and knew that there was no way I could write an eloquent, fair review because of the way it made me feel as a reader. This book left me thinking horrible things about these characters and it really made me feel bad in a way because it attempts to dea ...more
After shocking intro, readers are taken 6 months back in time. You will witness how Ani and Ben met and how they grew close only to be driven apart after one ill-fated night. Ben watches Ani change and wants her to be this cheerful girl she used to be. But can he save her? And most importantly, does she want to be saved???

My Ben and Ani:

I loved how they met for the first time, how feisty both main characters were and how much fun their happy banters were. I really liked narrator's "voice" at the
I was afforded the humble privilege of reading an advance copy of Fault Line today and I must say this book ranks up there among the best I’ve ever read. It is a fantastic story—gut-wrenching, agonizing, stress-inducing, on-the-edge-of-your-seat, hands-shaking, in-your-face awesomeness. The author does a fabulous job of getting the reader engaged with the characters right from the start. The prologue, only about a page and a half long, grabs a hold of you and won’t let you go with the need to fi ...more
1 #$@&%*! Star.

This book..... I just want to

It just made me so freaking mad, I can't even... UGH!!!

*Deep breath*

Ok, so this may come as a surprise to you, but I didn't like this book.

I like to look on the bright side though, so let's start with the good things about this book:

.........Um... the... um... writing! Yes, the writing! It was not the worst I've ever read! Just close! But not the worst!! And um... the uh.... OH!!! Having a male POV! Yeah that was... um... different!! Yeah! Diffe
Armida Garcia
First of all, the writing in this book is weak. The emotion is stereotypical and shaky at best. It reads like a bad after school special serial, rather than a true-to-life story.

A boy and girl get together because they make eye contact and the guy is attracted to her. She wears a tree of life necklace because "everyone is connected." Wow, isn't she deep? She's not like those OTHER teenage girls.

The girl is sexually assaulted at a party and turned into a black sheep at the school. When you learn
Liza Wiemer
ENOUGH! ENOUGH! ENOUGH! No one should have to go through this experience. EVER AGAIN. Yet it does, over and over and over again, every day someone is raped. Maybe this book will save you? Or a friend?

Fault Line is a wake up call. A shout for help! An alarm to shake parents and YA into seeing the reality of what can happen at parties, especially when alcohol and "date rape" drugs are present.

If I have some words of advice: 1. Never take a drink unless you pour it yourself. 2. If you're going to d
This is a really important book - it asks very difficult questions, and at times is hard to read. But many important things are difficult to get through and I strongly urge you to not only start, but to finish this book. You will be challenged to question your assumptions and your views.

The writing is intelligent, and engaging. The characters are more nuanced then you would expect for such a short book, and Desir does a lovely job of drawing you into their lives and relationships. It is because
I know that rape is a serious topic, that it's something we have to talk about, but I just couldn't get into this story.
It has interesting premise - told from the perspective of victim's boyfriend, dealing with the way rape influence other people not just victim, very realistic ending. My problem is that at times it felt too "clinical".
For all that I live in a progressive, diverse community in the Northeast, this is still a town where nasty letters against the Gay Straight Alliance make the quarterly report and high school boys laugh at the thought that a girl wearing a short skirt isn't "asking for it." Needless to say, when a novel about rape is published and begins to garner mixed reviews, I am curious. Fault Line is a dark, gritty read, but I don't just use those terms to describe its subject matter. Desir's novel is physi ...more

One of the brilliant books about sexual assault in YA, or one of the worst?

Well, I’m not sure I’ve quite decided yet, but I guess we’ll have to figure that out together by the time I finish this review.

Books about sexual assault are tricky. Rape is a very serious issue, and so many people are affected by it, whether it’s somebody that you know or if you yourself are forced to have to go through something as horrific as this. So, as a writer you’re given such a delicate matter, and you can eit
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship

When in a library, or anywhere hunting books, I generally tend to stay away from stories dealing with sexual assault and trauma. I am not a picky reader. But since December 16, 2012 in especial, I have been growing more and more scared of these stories. India is a fucked-up country from our food security to the economy, and for almost a year now, I've been tracking newspapers and in each one of them, every fucking day, I've found a new rape/assault case. Maybe in the tiny 4-lines section in t
Wendy Darling
Well, that felt pretty unfinished. And not just the abrupt ending.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

Ordinarily, I go into books, particularly new releases, knowing next to nothing about them. I don’t read reviews or even blurbs. In this case, I made an exception, because of the fascinatingly wide divide in opinions in the early reviews. April (Good Books and Wine) was the first to read and review Fault Line among the bloggers I know. She gave it four stars. Then Giselle (Xpresso Reads) and Jenni (Alluring Reads) read it and hated pretty much everything about it. Steph (
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide)
4.5 stars
Finished in an afternoon -- I had to. That was SO intense.
And now I need a hug. And I want to give hugs to lots of other people.

Review originally posted on The Book Addict's Guide: FAULT LINE was an incredibly emotional book after which I just wanted a hug. Christa Desir does an amazing job of pulling the reader into the story of Ben and Ani and honestly for me, it all felt insanely real. What really solidified it for me was the fact that I know Christa Desir is a rape victim activist
Caylee Michaels
I got a copy of this book to review ahead of time because I work for a newspaper. I was wary of reading it because it sounded like the same old story, weird girl shows up and changes the boring guy's life forever or something. But it's not like that and I really liked that.

The guy Ben is a horrible person. I love that the author made the narrator this really gross guy who doesn't like girls very much. Like you can read it in his language that he doesn't respect them. But the girl Ani comes along
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ntense! I must start with this word as it’s the only adequate word for this book and I honestly didn’t expect the level of true horror and sadness I experienced in this book!

Ben is such a wonderful boy!

He’s all tough on the outside and likes to talk big and appear like he’s the tough guy. But we experience Ben in such a different light that we soon discover that inside this tough shell there is a soulful and wonderful boy inside! I loved this contradictory pict
Give me the conclusion that I want! Hell, give me ANY conclusion. FAULT LINE is a painful read in the same way that Pieces of Us and the Storyteller were. It’s rape but tackled in a way that had me divided.

The impact of that one night goes beyond the girl and her thereafter. It’s a personal violation, yes? Even the most personal of violations there could be, right? Yet, it’s in the way things are told, how the impact of that one night and how said impact is given broader reach than expected (or
Not exactly the "happily ever after" ending.

I don't know how to rate this or to even think about this. And I'm not writing a full review. There is too much to say, but also too much NOT to say. I've just got 3 words.

The rest of my thoughts are on my blog:
Chronique originalement postée sur Sous ma Couverture

Super waouh.

Comment écrire une chronique sur ce roman si poignant ?

Je vais commencer par le début, contrairement à Christa Desir. Parce que Fault Line commence par la fin. Ça gâche tout, me direz-vous ? Loin de là. Au contraire, les conséquences de ce que je ne savais pas encore planait déjà au dessus de mon coeur, et je savais que ce serait un coup de coeur. Un coup de coeur qui fait méga mal.

Ben (le narrateur) et Ani sont des perso
Savannah (Books With Bite)
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 part
FAULT LINE is the story of Ben, a popular jock, dealing with the fallout of something unknown that happened to his girlfriend, the confident, artistic Ani. He didn't go with her to a party, and she ended up in the hospital with no memory of what happened, having to have a lighter removed from her body.

Kelly at Stacked made a great post about the issues raised by this book and the choice of the lighter for the cover. I don't agree entirely with her about this book, but I think her review is very
When Ani -- a tough girl, the kind of girl who is unafraid to be a little rude, a little biting, not "nice" -- is raped at a party, her boyfriend Ben cannot help but feel like had he been there, it wouldn't have happened. All he can do at this point is be there for her, to not judge her, to understand that what happened was something that shouldn't have happened to her. That it was not something she brought on herself.

But as she continues to fall into a spiral of self-destruction and self-loathi
Katy Upperman
A little background… While I’ve read a few of Christa’s (currently) unpublished manuscripts, Fault Line was written and sold before she and I became friendly and began trading work. Because I know and very much appreciate Christa’s stark, no-holds-barred writing style, and am often drawn to dark contemporary YA, I have been (impatiently) awaiting Fault Line‘s release for ages. Seriously… I teared up a bit when the beautiful hardcover was finally delivered to my house last week. I started reading ...more
Read as part of's #31daysofreading, day 7.

I'm giving this book 1 star because:
1. It's a finished manuscript, and that's a lot more than some would-be authors have.
2. The goal of book is noble. It's meant to show people how to be supportive if a loved one goes through what Ani goes through. We need more books like this. The only problem is that this book comes across as far too didactic and robotic...almost like the author was going down a checklist to make sure she covered each point
One of my favorite things about young adult fiction is that it allows readers to experience the darker aspects of life in a safe place. At the same time, not every teenager is shielded from the harsh realities of life and so, for some readers YA can provide a way of processing what has happened to them and moving past the experience. I have a special interest in books that deal with sexual assault and domestic violence, because I have had a career working with and educating victims for several y ...more
Most people probably expect stories about rape to be from the victim’s perspective, but that’s not the case with Fault Line. Desir’s novel is all about a boy named Ben who starts dating a girl named Ani shortly before she is sexually assaulted at a party. Fault Line offers a fresh, well written, and emotional perspective on sexual violence.

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I'm a YA author who loves dark contemporary books. Novels include: FAULT LINE (Oct 2013), BLEED LIKE ME (Oct 2014), TWELVE (Jan 2016), and LOVE BLIND (May 2016).

I am also a feminist, rape victim activist, and romance novel editor. I live outside of Chicago with my awesome husband and our three small children.
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