I am a good guy.
Keir Sarafian may not know much, but he knows himself. And the one thing he knows about himself is that he is a good guy. A guy who's a devoted son and brother, a loyal friend, and a reliable teammate. And maybe most important of all, a guy who understands that when a girl says no, she means it. But that is not what Gigi Boudakian, childhood friend and Ke...more
****lots of spoilers in this review!***
This book is what happens between well-meant and extremely badly executed.
I guess the original intent of this dreck was to write a book about rape from the (unreliably narrating) mind of the rapist. Unfortunately what it comes across as and ends up being is a rape apology.
I want to shower just now, and I don't think even major scrubbing under scalding water would be sufficient to rid me of the bad aftertaste of this.
This was touted as being a companion book ...more
The novel starts with Keir's friend, Gigi, screaming at him, accusing him of rape.
I am so sorry.
"What are you sorry for, Keir?" Gigi screams again, grabbing me by where my lapels would be if I had a jacket on, or a shirt, or anything. She can't get a purchase because I have no clothes, and very little fat, because I have been good a ...more
I was hoping that this book would explore the gray areas and the differences in perspective when it comes to a girl's experience of rape vs. a boy's perception of it. I was hoping it would enlighten readers -- male readers especially -- that just because it doesn't ...more
I'm finding it difficult to compile my thoughts on this one. On one hand, I found it to be a very interesting exploration of an unreliable and unconventional narrator, but on the other, I just felt like I needed something more in order for me to give a higher rating. Perhaps it was the shortness of the novel, I felt like there was so much that could have been developed and explored deeper, like the relationship between the protagonist and his father and sisters. But even just his own mind... we ...more
You might already have an idea of what this book is about and if you've read the summary on Goodreads, it's easily guessable. Still, I'm going to ...more
Anyway, I was introduced to Lynch's Inexcusable on the back cover of Ly ...more
Kier couldn't have raped Gigi. He's a good guy and good guys aren't rapists.
INEXCUSABLE is a marvelous concept for a novel, with a terrible execution.
Chris Lynch could have written a much more memorable, important book. He started off with an unreliable narrator, not because Kier is a liar, which he is, but because Kier lacks almost all insight into his b ...more
This book is definitely more of a novella? short story? instead of a book. The entire thing is 164 pages and a lot of it is shorter pages. I probably would have finished the whole thing in one sitting if I hadn't been at work when I started (that pesky job just gets in the way of my reading time!).
From the first page, you are thrown into a present day situation where Kier and Gigi are alone in some type of room, and Gigi is accusing Kier of raping her. Kier is pleading with her t ...more
This book had me confused on so many levels. I didn't know how to feel. One moment I as so convinced that he didn't do it, then the next I was determined to uncover that he did do it. This isn't a fasted paced loved story, it's more of a who'd-done it. If that makes sense. This review wont be long and it wont be detailed because I feel like ...more
I liked what it was about: the unreliable narrator, who doesn't--at first--comprehend what he's done because he doesn't think he is a man capable of sexually assaulting someone. But I needed more. It was smart and heartbreaking, but it was missing something to truly move me or make me feel something extraordinary. I didn't have that feeling, ya know? That feeling you get when you finish a great book--great for sad reasons or great for happy reasons. This book lacke ...more
Sadly, I think a lot of men still buy into the old "she says no, but she means yes" way of thinking. Inexcusable looks at a young boy, Keir, who examines his own behavior in a number of ...more
Hearing this whole story from Kier's point of view made this really interesting. No one ever thinks of themselves as the Bad Guy. Despite doing a host of terrible things, including nearly crippling another football player (he says he was only doing what he was taught), to destroying a statue (he was drunk and all the other guys were in on it), to (view spoiler)[essentially hazing the other members of his own so ...more
When I heard one of my favorite authors, Laurie Halse Anderson, drag this book, I knew I had to read it if only to see how bad it was.
And it was bad. Real bad.
The writing is ghastly (in a book with less than 200 pages, we do not need an in=depth description of all the meat this guy and his dad eat at a restaurant), but that's where my 0.5 came in - there's some symbolism here that's actually pretty good, and the way they used the word "inexcusable" wasn't bad. But other than that, this book ...more
With just 165 pages, I saved this book for an open afternoon. I found myself scanning too quickly over a few parts where the main character Keir made some outrageous observations. He excelled at being the unreliable narrator. His blind belief in his own good guy status was sickening.
Keir has numerous factors in his life working against him, most notably his fat ...more
I have been trying to pinpoint what exactly rubbed me the wrong way with the book, and I think it's several things. First, ...more
I think my main issue doesn't even lie with the fact that the author makes this book out to a story excusing rape, because he really doesn't. Just because an author writes an e ...more