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Some Boys by Patty Blount
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This book carries an important message.

If you have to read any quote from this book, it's the following:
'The cops wanted to know if I was Zac's girlfriend, if I was drinking, doing drugs, if I ever worked as a stripper, if I ever kissed Zac before that night.

What the hell does any of that have to do with what happened?

Do the laws against sexual assault not apply to strippers? To girlfriends? I don't get that. (...) He thinks because I went to the woods, drank alcohol, and dressed the way I dress, I should have expected this to happen. That I actually wanted this to happen.

(...) What the hell, just what the hell was wrong with how I looked...why does he care if I wear eye-black like the football team? It's my face. It's my body. I can dress it up or down however I want. Why is that such a hard concept for guys to accept? All that crap Jax said about dressing to be noticed - being noticed is fine. But being noticed isn't the same as being ridiculed, insulted, ostracised, shamed.

Being noticed isn't an open invitation to guys to do whatever they want to me.
'
This book made me cry.

I know rape is a complex issue to discuss. I also know that although this book concentrates on a female victim, that there are also male victims of rape out there.

But what really got me was the shaming. And not the shaming from the guys - I understood the whole 'buddy' system, with the rapist's friends sticking up for him and shunning the girl who dared to speak up. But the shaming by the girls was the most painful to read about.

We girls, as a species, can be cruel.

Gossip is like a type of currency. Some girls can be more two-faced than Professor Quirrell from Harry Potter!

But we should never, ever, ostracise another person purely based on idle gossip. And especially when they may have suffered major trauma. You never know what trials a person faces in their daily lives, hidden behind the smiling mask they wear day to day. Don't judge by appearances. Stick up for one another.

The right way isn't always the easy way.

This was another valuable lesson from this book. Peer pressure VS human decency. Speaking up VS importance of friendships.

But although all these things came into conflict with one another, it was not being able to face one's self that finally brought Ian to the 'good' side. Not that Ian had actually done the deed. But he kept choosing to remain ignorant, despite knowing deep down that what was happening was wrong.

True, he ends up growing a spine for Grace. And to fix all the wrongs. But he mainly does it because he cannot stand the person he sees himself becoming. He knows he can't live with himself if he stands back and allows things to continue as they are.

So here's a challenge for us all.

Let's take a good look at ourselves. Maybe glance in the mirror, or sit alone in quiet contemplation.

And let's think: do I like the person I am? Do I like the way things are?

More importantly, it's not a matter of whether you like this or that - but do you know the person you are? Do you truly know the way things are, or are you blinded by false loyalties and excuses?

Let's open our eyes and our mouths.

Let's see what's really there - past the lies, rumours and labels. Let's speak the truth.

Let's make this world a safer, better place :)


What is right sometimes isn't easy. But it's worth it.


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Quotes Booknut Liked

Patty Blount
“I strongly believe if God had intended man - or woman - to jog, he'd have scaled way back on breast size and sent some of that padding to the soles of our feet. Just sayin'.”
Patty Blount, Some Boys

Patty Blount
“I don't have a K in my name, so I guess I'm out of the klub. Like I even give a krap.”
Patty Blount, Some Boys


Reading Progress

August 12, 2014 – Shelved
August 12, 2014 – Shelved as: mature-themes
August 12, 2014 – Shelved as: heartbreak-and-loss
August 12, 2014 – Shelved as: ethics-and-society
August 12, 2014 – Shelved as: books-i-love-dearly
August 12, 2014 – Shelved as: kleenex-tissues-required
August 13, 2014 – Started Reading
August 13, 2014 – Finished Reading

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Allie (A Literary Wanderer) This is such a nice review! Now I'm debating with myself whether or not I should pick this up. I've heard mixed things about this and I don't want to expect too much from it. It's like a hit or miss as far as I've heard...


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Madly Jane I just added it to my contemporary project list. Sounds like a good book to read.


Booknut Allie wrote: "This is such a nice review! Now I'm debating with myself whether or not I should pick this up. I've heard mixed things about this and I don't want to expect too much from it. It's like a hit or mis..."

Thank you, Allie!

As for the book, I think it depends on the reader's mood. Don't pick this book up if you're in the mood for a light-hearted read, or a romance that's straight-forward and easy. But if you're looking for something a bit deeper & thought-provoking to read, it's a great book to take a look at :)


Allie (A Literary Wanderer) I'll take note of that! Thanks, Booknut. :)


Still Lost Between The Pages When I read the blurb it reminded me of Speak. I really want to read this book it sounds so good!!!! great review :)


Booknut Book Nerd wrote: "When I read the blurb it reminded me of Speak. I really want to read this book it sounds so good!!!! great review :)"

Thank you! It was a fantastic book and I hope you get the chance to read it.


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Jay Awesome Booknut


Sarina Stunning review. Will read this book. Just because of the review alone.


Booknut Sarina wrote: "Stunning review. Will read this book. Just because of the review alone."

Thank you so much, Sarina! You're comment totally made my day - I hope you enjoy reading Some Boys as much as I did :)


Sarina Booknut wrote: "Thank you so much, Sarina! You're comment totally made my day - I hope you enjoy reading Some Boys as much a..."

:D (Intended to have that effect) Am glad to contribute in 'making' another fellow reader's day.
Now, seeing that you took so little time and such kind words to reply me, I am gonna start this book today. And yes, you are welcome, anytime. ;)


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A Hey. Can anyone tell me what pages that quote can be found on?


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