But I Love Him by Amanda Grace – YA Book Review

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But I Love Him. A raw, painful, heart-breaking story that will not be easy to forget. A story of love coming undone, slowly crumbling away piece by piece.

Written so well that I could have been seeing the story unfold first hand, this book explores the dark aspects of domestic violence. The manipulation, uncontrolled anger and the resulting broken pieces so aptly shown on the cover art.4 Star

Recommended age: 14+

Title:  But I Love HimBut I Love Him
Author: Amanda Grace
Publication Date: 1 May 2011
Publisher: Flux
Source: Purchased

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Sometimes at night, I wake up and stare at the heart for hours. I think of how I collected each piece from the beach, how I glued it all together into one big sculpture. I wonder if Connor realizes what it means, that he’ll always have a piece of me no matter what happens. Each piece of glass is another piece of myself that I gave to him.

It’s too bad I didn’t keep any pieces for myself.

At the beginning of senior year, Ann was a smiling, straight-A student and track star with friends and a future. Then she met a haunted young man named Connor. Only she can heal his emotional scars; only he could make her feel so loved – and needed. Ann can’t recall the pivotal moment it all changed, when she surrendered everything to be with him, but by graduation, her life has become a dangerous high wire act. Just one mistake could trigger Connor’s rage, a senseless storm of cruel words and violence damaging everything – and everyone – in its path.      — Extract from Goodreads.com.

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