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Inexcusable by Chris Lynch
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Dec 08, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: young-adult-lit
Read from December 08 to 14, 2011

I have really mixed feelings about this one. I admire what Chris Lynch did – tell the story of a date rape from the rapist's point of view – and the book certainly has an important and timely message (not just about rape but about how we perceive ourselves), but man is it ever clunky. I didn't buy the narrator's voice for one second, and his relationship with his widower father – casual, jokey, apparently anti-disciplinarian – struck me as equally false. I try to remember that it's Young Adult Lit and regress myself to what I would have found worth reading as a 14- or 15-year-old, and I still think this book is a load of bollocks. Great idea, lousy execution.
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