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The Opposite of Innocent

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  833 ratings  ·  220 reviews
Poignant and chilling by turns, The Opposite of Innocent is award-winning author Sonya Sones’s most gripping novel in verse yet. It’s the story of a girl named Lily, who’s been crushing on a man named Luke, a friend of her parents, ever since she can remember.

Luke has been away for two endless years, but he’s finally returning today. Lily was only twelve when he left. But now, at
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Published September 4th 2018 by HarperTeen
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This is an extremely important book and I am so, so glad that it exists. With that being said, I do feel like I've read this plot many times before and I didn't find that this one brought anything especially new to the table for me, so I'm giving it 3.5 stars.

TW: pedophilia, grooming
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
In The Opposite of Innocent, we follow a story that’s painfully familiar for a lot of people: a girl being groomed by a sexual predator, and that grooming turning into a fully-blown abusive relationship. What sets this book apart, however, is both the fact that it’s a story told in prose, and the fact that our narrator is so incredibly young and naïve; she genuinely has no clue what’s coming until it’s too late.

I’ve always been in love with Luke. For as far back as I can remember.

Right from the beginn/>
Elise (TheBookishActress)
I’ve always been in love with Luke. For as far back as I can remember.

3 1/2 stars. This is a very sad book in verse about a girl dragged into a relationship with a much, much older man.

Main strength: I found myself unable to look away. Lily’s story is so horrifying and feels strangely real, starting as if it could be an innocent unrequited crush by a 14-year-old and becoming more and more serious as Logan makes his interest clear. It perfectly mirrors the quick progression of events, and though Lily is very
Mar 17, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf

listen i might not know
a lot about poetry
but it definitely isn't
writing sentences but
pressing "enter"
every few words,
Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••

ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

Fourteen-year-old Lily has been infatuated with Luke for as long as she can remember. Luke is a friend of her family, who happens to be twice her age. A crush turns into a relationship that Lily cannot handle. Staying means losing herself but leaving means losing everything

Let me start off by saying that I liked the book’s writing style. 1) It felt like I was reading a poem at times and 2)it really suited the storyline. Its a short boo/>Fourteen-year-old/>ARC
Tanya Tate
4.5 Stars!
I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
A Proper representation on how I feel right now.
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Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is simply one of the most easiest and most powerful books about rape and sexual deceit I have ever read.
The writing is so simplistic that the message is so focused, it's as simple as telling a story in short poems.
It centres on Lily who has a crush on Luke who as been in her family for as long as she can remember and he is 15 years older than her.
The book starts with how in love she thinks she is with him a d how that emotion seemed to have heightened in his absence. He co
Samantha (WLABB)
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, arcs, ya, 2018
She thought the sun rose and set with Luke, and felt like she was living the dream, when Luke finally began to see her as a woman. However, Lily soon learned how Luke was a wolf in sheep's clothing.

• Pro: It amazed me how Sones could write about something so ugly in such a beautiful way.

• Pro: This was a pretty emotional read. The story was told in such a way, that I felt my heart breaking piece by piece with each bit of innocence Luke stole from Lily.

• Pro: Lily broke my heart. Sh
”To Luke,
it was probably no big deal.

to me-
it felt like
the opposite of innocent.”

Sometimes the smallest of books can pack the most punch

Lily has been in love with Luke, a friend of her fathers, since she was a little girl. As she grows older, this feeling doesn’t diminish. So when he returns from a trip to Africa and stays with them temporarily, she’s over the moon. It isn’t long before he starts to notice her that way as well. But as her burgeoning cru
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
"I wish I could just tell them the truth/ but they'd go bonkers if they knew/ how old Luke really is."

Books about pedo's are always hard to read but this one left me feeling unsatisfied with its lack of a concrete ending.

Plot I'm 100% certain this plot has been done in at least 78 Lifetime movies. It's not overly graphic, but the story is pretty much laid out in the summary. Girl 'dates' 30yo man. There was definitely a lack of tension that made this a rather tame read. You know where it's go
Beth Rodgers
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'The Opposite of Innocent' is yet another fantastic novel-in-verse by the illustrious Sonya Sones. The story will draw readers in and not let go, making them wish for what they want to happen but know may only be a desperate wish. It will haunt readers well past the last page, eager to know just what happened to Lily and how she will tear herself away from an undeniably horrific situation.

The story starts off pleasantly enough, with Lily crushing on an older man - her dad's best frie
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
If you are looking for a quick, dark, taboo contemporary I would suggest trying this one out. It is told in verse and is very readable; I finished it in like 2 hours. It will def. make you uncomfortable, but I think that the author wants you to. It is interesting to see how their relationship progresses/how this can happen to someone. I do feel like it rushes a bit and certain things could be expanded more. Lilly definitely came to certain decisions and choices rather fast to me. Nevertheless, i ...more
Aya Serry
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a beautiful,painful and very difficult ‘at some points’ to read book! And the authors note is one of the best i’ve ever read.
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My heart is very heavy after finishing this book. The dedication in the beginning reads “For all the Lillys” and if that doesn’t make your heart sad then I’d be worried about you. Lily is a 14 year old girl who is in love with a long time family friend who happens to be a little older-15 years older to be exact. What starts off as a innocent crush evolves in to something very different, one might say it became the opposite of innocent. This novel deals with heavy topics such as consent, coercion ...more
BookChic Club
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was excited to see a new Sonya Sones book available on Edelweiss, as I didn't know she had one coming out. I downloaded it and read it over the course of two days. As usual, the book was in verse so it's a pretty quick read, but it was a really powerful one. Sones told Lily's story so poignantly and so realistically- where Lily's crush on Luke becomes more than just a crush and what that new attention does to her over time. I got sucked in to her story and felt so badly for her as things with ...more
Alyson Kent
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Based off an ARC the library where I work received.

This is one of those books where I’m left with mixed feelings and a low, queasy feeling in my stomach. The subject matter is horrific and heartbreaking. I want to bundle Lily up and drag her to the best therapist there is (after ensuring that Luke’s body will never be found).

This is the type of book that I know I’ll be thinking/talking about for a long, long time.
Chelsies Crazy4Books
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I thought the verse style was done really well. I liked how approachable it was while still giving us the full story. It felt like we were reading this girls diairy. I found the writing and the story super gripping. I finished it all in one sitting. The main reasons it got a 3 stars is because I wanted more resolution at the end. I wanted to see the pedophile pay for what he did. There was also some character development that felt just a tiny bit off.
CW: This review will talk about sexual assault, pedophilia, and rape

Sonya Sones is one of the queen’s of contemporary, hard-hitting YA. I remember staying up late in middle school to read her books. The topics seemed so forbidden and unlike anything I had ever read before. Her latest book tackles another tough, but sadly realistic, topic that teens face–sexual predators and abusive relationships.

The most striking part of the book is how young and innocent Lily’s voice is.
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
First sentence:

The Friend of the Family
I've always been in love with Luke.
For as far back
as I can remember.
I used to climb into his lap,
throw my arms around his neck,
and tell him I was gonna marry him
when I grew up.
And Luke would smile down at me
and say,
"I'll wait for you, Lily. I promise."

Premise/plot: The Opposite of Innocent is a verse novel for young adults. I hesitate to add for young adults--tho
Jennifer Brown
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So my rating for this is based on how well it is written and not for the topic itself. I enjoy this author's work so I usually just pick her books up without reading the synopsis's. After starting this one, I realized it's about a tough topic: child abuse, sexual abuse, mental abuse, etc. Lily is a young girl who is taken advantage of by a family friend, Luke. The trust the parents had in him makes you know that he was close to the family. When she tries to back out of "being" with him, he messe ...more
Maxine Livingstone
Practically in tears this book is told in verse of a young high school freshman in love with her father bestfriend. Of course this was just a little girls crush. However, things turn for the worse when the relatonship escalates. Of course the fact that a grown man who is 29 pursues a romantic relationship with a 14 year old is against the law. He is a pedophile. My heart broke when Lily is coerced into having sex with him. All I wanted to do was cry for her. This may be fiction but this sort of ...more
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, poetry
Reading this as an adult, there's a terrible sense of creeping doom as Lily slips further under Luke's influence. That could be triggering for some readers, but it also does make this, as the cover blurb from Gayle Foreman says, a great #MeToo introduction for teen readers with adult guidance. Who Lily eventually goes to for help also feels more realistic to me than the norm in this sort of book, and I think the decision to end where it does is a good one.

Lily isn't a fool. Neither a
Vivian Wolkoff
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Like I said on my update, this book is short but it packs a hell of a punch!
I knew girls who went through similar experiences to Lily's. Two of them in fact -- a neighbor and a school friend. I got to see how devastating it was for them while the events unfolded... and how much it changed them after.
This book doesn't shy away from the pain or loneliness. It doesn't blame the victim or treat her with anything other than affection and respect.
What a powerful, important book!
Patti Wlliams
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a YA book told in verse. I enjoy this kind of book because I think it gets right to the emotions of the story. The story in The Opposite of Innocent is sadly so true. It does an excellent job of describing how victims are groomed by their predator, sometimes for years. It also shows how easily victims get trapped by their predators machinations. This book made me uncomfortable, but it is supposed to. It also handles the sexual abuse in such a way that it isn't graphic, but it is still em ...more
Cait S
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so grateful this book is out there in the world. It is easily consumed, it is fast, and it makes its points crystal clear.

I was the girl in this book. And if I had had this book, I might not have been her for as long as I was. This kind of content is desperately important, and broken down into pieces of poetry like this just makes it all the more accessible.

This is a tough read. Trigger warnings for rape and grooming of an underage girl. But if you can stomach the subject matte
Annabelle Kristen
I checked out this book this morning....and I just finished it. It was a wonderful book. I definitely think it opens peoples eyes to rape, and sexual abuse. It may be more common than we think and we just don’t hear about it. I felt a mix of emotions while reading this, sadness, joy, confusion, regret. I could feel what Lily was feeling. But not from experience. (Thank god)
Lisa Fipps
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books
Sonya Sones hits every note of a sexual abuse survivor's story, capturing what a predator does, so subtly at first and so boldly later, and how the prey feels each step of the way. As a survivor, I finish this book and begin this review by wiping away tears, tears because I know this book will be the end and the beginning for so many teens. The end of feeling they're alone with "the secret." The end of knotted, sour stomachs, and difficulty sleeping. The end to a zombie life hidden behind fake s ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is very important as it discusses both grooming and pedophilia. Although books written in verse are often a hit-or-miss for me, it made this story more digestible to me. Unfortunately, both stars came off due to the unsatisfying and slightly open-ended ending.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So heartbreaking and tense. I feel like I need a shower 😦
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SONYA SONES has written seven young adult novels in verse: Stop Pretending, What My Mother Doesn’t Know, What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know, One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies, To Be Perfectly Honest, Saving Red, and The Opposite of Innocent.

Her books have received many awards, including a Christopher Award, the Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Poetry, the Claudia Lewis Poetry Award, a L