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Inexcusable by Chris Lynch
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Oct 28, 11

bookshelves: gr-10-12, fiction, gr-8-10, young-adult-lit, realistic
Read in October, 2011

A story of “rape” from the potential rapist’s perspective. Keir is repeatedly said to be a “good guy,” so he believes that there’s no way that he could have raped the girl he loves—she says otherwise. The book moves between present day—just after the rape—to flashbacks that explain Keir’s character and thought processes until the two storylines meet. Through having the story told through the rapist’s perspective and not showing the actual rape until the final pages, the concrete ideas about rape are blurred and it is not clear if he actually committed the rape until the ending. While disturbing to read at times—the story is told from the thoughts of a rapist after all—this is a powerful book that makes the reader think about other perspectives. The finality that is associated with the event is no longer as concrete and much of the book needs to be pieced together by the reader. Keir has a tendency to be an unreliable narrator, often going back and admitting to lying about previous statements that the reader took as true. Because of this, the ending becomes interpretive and much more audience involved then one may think. A very, very good book.
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