Bad Romance

Bad Romance

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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Grace wants out from her life where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. 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.
"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781627797726
1627797726
Branch Call Number: TEEN DEMETRI
Characteristics: 360 pages : 22 cm

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samcmar Oct 02, 2017

I had to put off reading Bad Romance for awhile. It's one of those books that looks at abusive relationships, why someone might stay, and ultimately why they need to choose themselves. Grace is a very difficult heroine because she is torn with choosing herself or enduring abuse because Gavin, her boyfriend, threatens to kill himself if she ever breaks up with him.

This book is very much a history of their relationship, written in a way where there's quite a bit of second-person use. The way in which Grace describes her relationship is so heartbreaking, hard, and reading the moments of the psychological torment that she faces is rough. Like, it hurts, and I found myself wincing in pain. Not every action Grace does makes sense, but what I love is Demetrios shows how she's working through it. I also love that she has such supportive friends who are trying to help her break the cycle.

This is also just such an amazing and well-written book. I felt so overwhelmed emotionally as I was reading this book that at times I had to simply close it because of what was happening. Being emotionally invested, even though I've never expected what Grace is going through... I empathized, a lot.

Bad Romance is a raw, rough, addictive book that will probably hit a lot of people's triggers. It's not an easy read, but it is a compelling one. Regardless of whether you've experience abuse or not, this is a book that will leave you emotionally raw by the end of it.

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