Romance was not part of
Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys
at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at
her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem
to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.
after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust.
Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her
than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into
his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she
finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything
Patch makes her feel.
For she is right in the middle of an
ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and,
when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her
It's stories like these that perpetuate date-rape culture. What do I mean by that? Let me rant about it!
about 9/10ths of this book the protagonist, Nora, is afraid of Patch. I
mean, terrified. At one point Patch chases her around a parking lot (in
a super creepy scene) while she genuinely tries to get away from him.
In another she tries to pull a fire alarm so that he'll leave her alone.
In every scene that they're together she does something that says to
the reader, "He's incredibly scary and I fear for my life and don't want
anything to with him but he's also really sexy and attractive and I
can't help myself making out with him." She says no dozens of times. And
he never stops. She literally runs away from him. And he literally
chases her down and traps her. She even pushes him away, physically
assaults him and verbally uses many different tactics to let Patch know
that she does not want a romantic relationship with him. But he keeps
coming back. He literally stalks her.
So while Nora is giving
Patch negative responses, she then allows him to kiss her or gets
butterflies when she sees any part of his anatomy or swoons when he
forcefully throws his arms around her. What?!? What are we teaching
teenagers about relationships? If I had read this before I knew anything
about romance and dating I may have thought, "So when someone says
'no', what they really mean is 'yes, please'. And if I'm persistent
enough (i.e. a stalker), eventually that someone will want to make out
with me and it will be electric and they'll fall in love with me."
no. On all counts. When a person says 'no' it means 'I don't want you to do that. Stop it!' If someone stalks me I'm going to change my phone
numbers, email addresses, call the cops, get a restraining order,
possibly change jobs and move to a new house. I'm definitely not going
to sigh and be like, "Yeah, you have been really persistent. Maybe we
should hook up and fall desperately in love. That sounds healthy." So
stories like this--the ones that portray a girl saying 'no' and being
ignored--help to reinforce the idea that guys should just do whatever
they want because, of course, the girl wants it, too. She's just being
shy or modest or maybe she doesn't really know what she wants but none
of that matters. Because the boy wants the girl and he will have her.
Blurred Lines. "I know you want it." What I want to say to guys who
think like that is, "The hell you do know what I want! I will tell you
what I want and you will accept when I say 'no'. And respect it. If my
feelings ever do change toward you (which is unlikely if you've been
stalking me) I will let you know."
That could probably be the end of the review but I have a lot more to rant about.
was with the biology class? Has anyone ever had a biology or life
science or sex-ed teacher say they were going to learn about sex by
"sleuthing"? He may as well have said, "The best way to learn is by
doing. Here are some condoms and a new lab partner; Please make plans to rendezvous later."
And Nora's "sleuthing", by the way, was so
idiotic. Not for the biology class, but for finding out about Patch and
Elliot. What did she possibly think she could accomplish by acting in
such a stupid manner? And how did she possibly gain as much information
as she did? Overall I thought both Nora and her best friend, Vee, were
dumb. Just really, extremely unintelligent. And really bad at reading
people. Which seemed weird since Nora was always complaining about
feeling someone watching her and having bad feelings about someone. That
she never followed up on. So bizarre. And her biggest concern when
"sleuthing" about Patch was whether or not he had a girlfriend. After
all her refusals and negative responses and concerns and problems and
questions, THAT was her most important question. Really. REALLY?!?
And Patch. Why did he even want to get close to Nora? (If you'd like to read my ranting spoiler, feel free to go here. And if you'd like to read a review that says everything else I want to have said, go here.) And
why did his angel friend have an Irish accent? How could an angel who
does not live on the Earthly plane have a different accent that his
fellow angel buddy? I'm betting they probably wouldn't have even spoken
English as a first language. Or any Earthly language, for that matter.
And then the end was just confusingly annoying.
feel like I could say more. But I should stop ranting. Becca
Fitzpatrick, you have caused me to lose a little faith in the female
gender. To perpetuate the idea that when girls say 'no' it means nothing
is one of the greatest disservices you can do for the rising
generation. Boys and girls alike. I am almost ashamed to have read the
entirety of your book.
Sexual Content: Moderate