Title: Bad Romance
Author: Heather Demetrios
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Publication date: June 13th, 2017
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.
“All that want of the past few weeks washes over us, drenching. This is something else I will learn while I am with you- not now, but later: there are so many ways to drown.”
Oh my God, guys. I literally have no words to describe how I feel about this book. It was a very though and painful read, but even though it wasn’t an easy read as I’m used to, I have to say I’m super impresed with the story and I really loved the book itself.
Even though I had already owned another Heather Demetrios’ book, this is the first one I decided to pick up because, first of all, the cover is incredibly beautiful. I love flowers and I don’t know why every since I saw it I knew I was going to buy the book and read it. And here we are now, not long after! And it made me want to pick up her other works, because as weird as it seems, the story felt strongly real to me while I was reading it.
“You told me to be your girlfriend. You didn’t wait for me to answer about prom. I gave you my heart on a silver fucking platter and you ate it, piece by bloody piece.”
First of all I don’t usually come across with books in which the main character is poor, or isn’t a rich or middle class person. And that added a little bit of extra realness to the story. Now there are some trigger warnings (suicide and abuse), so if you have any problems reading about those topics don’t pick it up.
But seriously, even though you know what is coming, I found it quite hard and painful to read. I really like Grace as a main character. She was different and unique in her own way, and she loved musicals, and we got to see that throughout the story, and how her dream is surrounding that.
And something at first struck me but also was really interesting is that it’s narrated in second perspective, adressing yourself as “YOU”. It seemed to me like if it was a card or a diary, and it was utterly real, but despise that you felt that strange connection with the protagonist.
The family was incredibly suffocating, and she didn’t live in a nice, happy place. It was really messed up, really. I didn’t like neither the stepfather (he was an ass****) nor the mother (even though sometimes I kind of feel a bit of sympathy for her). The only one that was adorable was the little brother.
“Something in me is dimming, something that I already know I can’t get back. But you’re worth it. You are. I will tell myself this for several more months. And when I realize you aren’t worth it, it’ll be too late.”
I think this book did a wonderful good job at portraying a toxic relationship and showing the readers and everyone how Grace needed him so much she ignored and forgot about all the bad things he did to her, and that her relationship wasn’t a healthy one. You could see from the beginning how the story started, and how the main character changed at the end.
It was a powerful and a very improtant read, and I really recommend it if you’re interesting. I think everyone should be aware of these type of things so it can be stopped.
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