FTC: This is a library book. I did not receive it from the publisher or author.
Total grade: 70% C
Total rating: 14+
Keir is a senior who fancies himself a lovable rogue. So do his widowed father, his older sisters, and his classmates. He likes being liked; he just doesn't do well with involvement. Keir would never do anything to hurt anyone intentionally–or would he? When he tackles and cripples a member of an opposing football team, it's determined to be an accident–one that earns him the good-humored nickname, Killer. When he and his buddies destroy a town statue, they consider it a high-spirited, funny prank. When he gets drunk, the alcohol abuse is dismissed as silly, harmless drinks, and drugs at parties are strictly recreational. And when he date rapes the girl he thinks he loves, at first he convinces himself that the way it looks is not the way it is. Keir's first-person narrative chillingly exposes the rationalization process that the troubled teen goes through to persuade himself and those around him of his innocence.
This book has been on my Amazon list for quite a while. When I saw it at my local library I was super excited. To be honest I am glad I got it there because I would have felt like it was not worth my money. The old cover sucks but there is a new much better one. The plot had so many holes and took forever to get going. The writing style was not for me but I do know one friend who loved it. The characters seemed dull to me. They were lifeless and needed to be more developed. I felt that I learned a bit from this book but I would recommend everyone try a library copy before buying.
Here is a random quote I found by opening to a random page.
“He was giggling again by the time we had finished speaking…”