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Inexcusable by Chris Lynch I Review

Inexcusable by Chris Lynch
Published by Simon and Schuster on March 20, 2012
Genres: Real Life Situations 
Pages: 176
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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Date rape—from the accused’s point of view—is the subject of this “finely crafted and thought-provoking page-turner” (SLJ), a National Book Award Finalist from Printz Honor–winning author Chris Lynch. Now available in a tenth-anniversary edition.
Keir Sarafian may not know much, but he knows himself. And the one thing he knows about himself is that he is a good guy. A guy who’s a devoted son and brother, a loyal friend, and a reliable teammate. And, maybe most important of all, Keir is a guy who understands that when a girl says no, she means it.
But that is not what Gigi Boudakian, childhood friend and Keir’s lifelong love, says at all. What Gigi says seems impossible to Keir—something inexcusable—the worst thing he can imagine, the very opposite of everything he wants to be.
As Keir recalls the events leading up to his fateful night with Gigi, he realizes that the way things look are definitely not the way they really are…and that it may be all too easy for a good guy to do something terribly wrong.
Chris Lynch has written a no-holds-barred story about truth, lies, and responsibility—a story that every good guy needs to hear.

My Thoughts
Going into this story, I knew it was going to deal with the difficult subject of rape. Because of this, I began preparing myself for what exactly I was going to read about within this novel. I had high expectations for this novel, hoping and praying it'd be able to capture raw emotion and really leave me breathless once I put it down. 
It follows the story of high school soccer and football player Keir Sarafian. He has too god-like older sisters whom he looks up to, and a father that he deems irreplaceable. Keir was always considered the good guy. He had his fair share of tragedies in his life, such as the death of his mother and the horrific football accident he was involved in. Even though he has been through these events, he has always been the good guy. Polite. Kind. Caring. As he was always considered the good guy, he had always been in love with his childhood friend Gigi Boudakian. After spending prom night together, he knew for sure, more than ever, that he was in love with him. Graduation came and went, and Keir was devastated by the fact that his sisters had ditched his graduation, when he had gone to both of theirs. Feeling vulnerable, and being stuck at his sisters' college with Gigi, he made a decision that will change his life forever.
All in all, I thought this was an okay book. It held my attention and was a quick read. Although, I thought it was going to be more based around the date rape topic that was promised to the readers in the summary. You really only begin to hear about this topic in the last twenty-five pages. Regardless of this, it was still a nice real life situation story, but I wish it was more action packed. 


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