Title/Author: Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios
Publisher: Henry Holt
In a nutshell (Publisher):
Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director―anything but scared and alone.
Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape.
Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness―and emerging into the light again.
Verdict: Must-Read for YA!
This book was one of the books picked for me for one of my reading challenges – that is to read out of my comfort zone – YA & romance. And I’m glad I read this!
I felt like the author wrote my entire high school love story in one book, almost to a T! No joke! I shared my own experience below.
It started off with the usual girl (Grace) falls for boy (Gavin) introduction. Grace didn’t think she would ever be good enough to be dating the popular, talented, and charming musician, Gavin. But when she found out he tried to commit suicide, she sent him a note of consolation on a whim. This note was the start to their relationship. Grace was over the moon when Gavin reciprocated her feelings. And they started dating. Love was a bed of roses UNTIL Gavin started being over possessive and protective.
He started calling her ‘not deep’, made her do silly, embarrassing, self-deprecating things just to ask her to prom; picked out her prom dress, reading her diary, etc. She kept telling herself she needed to call off the relationship but changed her mind when he started behaving all romantic and understanding again.
She went through this whole cycle whole cycle and roller coaster of emotions again and again, when he mentally tortured her, called her names, forced himself on her, sexually abused her and just when she reached her limit he acted all sweet and loving again, letting her to think he did all that our of love – his sacrifices, his possessiveness, his stalking – was to show how much he loved her.
Against her own judgement and best friends advice, she trusted him. She even sacrificed her dreams of going to NY for him.
Have you read this? What did you think? If you haven’t, do you intend to? Have you experienced something similar to the MC? Please share with me your thoughts!