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Inexcusable by Chris Lynch
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Sep 13, 08

bookshelves: 2008, school, young-adult
Read in September, 2008

** spoiler alert ** Keir date rapes a friend and uses the whole book to try to convince the reader that he's a "good guy" and she is just overreacting.

I think the moment it becomes obvious that he's RAPED SOMEBODY--maybe the second page or so--the story's pretty much over for me. No amount of persuasive writing is going to make me empathize with him after that.

The main character is too invested in his All-American image; "Would a good guy do _____?" he asks again and again, like his appearance and reputation should excuse his behavior. And he acts all surprised when other people don't agree, or when the reaction isn't what he expected. He admits no fault and never takes responsibility for anything.

I found this book disturbing and off-putting, not just because I didn't like the main character, but because I can see this same tendency to rationalize bad behavior becoming more prevalent among teenagers today.
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