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Yeah, but I Didn't

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“If you really loved me, you’d want me the same way I want you,” he said.

Kissing, cuddling, making out—all that was fine, I loved it. It made me feel special. Surely he could tell I did want him the same way; just not yet. I wasn’t stupid. Weren’t you supposed to both want to do it before you had sex with someone? Just because I was afraid to go further, he belittled me.
Kindle Edition, 245 pages
Published November 13th 2019 by WordCrafts Press
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Tangled in Text
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wish I had this story growing up. This story did not sugar coat the struggles of growing up in your teenage years from the bullies and pressures to the internal turmoil and changing relationships. As much as I'd love to recommend this to middle grade students, to help them realize they are not alone and their thought spirals are normal, it is brutal. This story should have a long list of trigger warnings such as: suicide, attempted suicide, death of a parent, overdose, cutting, depression, ...more
Ruthie Jones
"...but sometimesgrief gets its claws in you and just won't let go."

Being a teenager is difficult enough without the added stress of bullying/cyber-bullying, sexual abuse, and sibling rivalry in a single-parent household. For fourteen-year-old Benji in Yeah, But I Didn't, life is about to become off-the-charts difficult.

Yeah, But I Didn't by Ann Swann starts off with a young girl struggling to handle the loss of a boyfriend to her best friend and then the sudden sexual attack from a classmate
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it
(This review will be on my blog All the Ups and Downs soon.)
I love books that deal with some sort of downward spiral. I don't mean that in a morbid sense. I just mean that I usually find them interesting. When I was presented with the opportunity of reading Yeah, but I Didn't by Ann Swann, I jumped at the chance.

Benji Stevens is a bright 14 year old high school girl. In fact, she's so smart, she's even skipped a grade in school. When something horrible happens to her one day at her house, her
Lisette Brodey
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: coming-of-age
A profound and beautiful coming-of-age story

It wasn’t difficult for me to get swept up in Benji Steven’s story. Told in the first person, I felt as if I were sitting down with the character as she poured her heart out to me.

Fourteen-year-old Benji’s story mirrors so many things in all of our lives. Something happens that shouldn’t have happened, and then, like a car that has lost control on an icy road, things go in unimaginable directions. And everything keeps getting worse … and worse … and
Please Pass the Books
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yeah, But I Didn't by Ann Swann is a coming of age fictional novel chronicling a disturbing period in the life of a young girl named Benji (Ben) Stevens. At age 14, Ben has been advanced into high school as the result of a high IQ that pushes her beyond the level of classmates her age. While intellectually she is ahead of even her high school classmates, her young age and vulnerability make her an easy target. Once little more than a wallflower, an assault in her own home after artwork she ...more
Lorilei Gonzales
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
One out of 2 marriages end in divorce. You probably already knew that statistic. Did you know that 1 out of every 3 girls is sexually abused in her life? One out of every 5 boys? If you don’t want to hear any more about this, then this book is not for you. Yeah, But I Didn’t by Ann Swann is a book that stares the ugliest side of growing up right in the face. If you were lucky enough to grow up without being bullied by your peers, physically abused by someone bigger or older than you, or had to ...more
Jenn Z at That's What She's Reading

This is a profound, yet brutally relevant coming-of-age story that chronicles deeply disturbing moments in Benji's life. Told in first person, the reader will walk right alongside Benji, witnessing every moment and feeling every troubling emotion. It's incredibly difficult not to be gripped from the very beginning, yet so many tragic circumstances surround this family that I often found myself taking breaks just to process the intensity of it all. Gritty subject matter abounds in this story:
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book opens on an alarming note when Ben, Benji, is attacked in her home by a classmate and is almost raped. It's a horrifying scene depicting something that I'm sure is a fear of many young teens who are home alone.

The circumstances of Benji's life were complicated the first time when her father left the family for a younger woman whom Benji refers to as The Slut. Benji and her older sister have a difficult time trying to assimilate into the life of that new family, so after a year or so,
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Yeah, But I Didn't ~ Contemporary YA ~
The first rung: the betrayal
The second rung: the assault
The third rung: the rumors
The fourth rung: the painting
The final rung: no other way out

A former emergency services dispatcher, rock-n-roll radio station secretary, hospital information operator, and grade school teacher, Ann Swann has been many things. Through it all were the words. She's been