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But I Love Him

But I Love Him
Author: Amanda Grace
Pages: 245
Publication Date: May 8 2011

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.

This evocative slideshow of flashbacks reveals a heartbreaking story of love gone terribly wrong.

But I love him was fast paced and a must read. Even though I didn’t like this as much as I would have liked to I still think it’s worth a read.
But I Love Him is written differently than most novels. It’s written backwards, starting out at the end and going backwards to the very first day that her and Connor met. It starts out showing us the abusive relationship between and Connor and Ann.  By writing the book this way it gives us a little understanding on why Connor why he is the way he is. You can’t help feel a little compassion for Connor throughout the book.
Unfortunately relationships like this happen all over the world, everyday someone is hurting. Wanting to get out but feel guilty for even thinking about it.
While reading this I did feel angry at Ann for staying the relationship, I have read a couple of other books about abusive relationships and how they thought that the other spouse was going to change, that they wouldn’t do it and that it would be alright after they apologize for hurting you. It frustrates me that they can’t just leave and they choose not to tell someone about it. 
I can’t judge Ann though, I don’t know why she did what she did, it did make more sense near the end though.
I think Ann and Blake should have gotten together though. Ann had such loving and caring friends. Blake and Abby cared so much for Ann, unfortunately Ann chose to push them away but even then they still were there for her. Those are the kind of friends I want to have.
But I Love Him is an intense and emotional read. It’s fast paced and Mandy Hubbard (pen name Amanda Grace) wrote this story so beautifully. Sometimes it’s really hard to read such an intense subject but Mandy has created it that that it makes it easier to read.
This is an important subject for people to read and I hope that a lot of people read this!

3/5 stars


Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

I think this book might be too intense and emotional for me. I think I'm one of those people who likes to pretend like these things don't happen. Not a healthy outlook to a sensitive topic. Great review.

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