Bad Romance

Bad Romance

Book - 2017
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781627797726
Branch Call Number: FICTION Dem
Description: 360 pages : 22 cm


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Bad romance is a book about Grace, a teenager who is living her life with an unstable family and a fantasy world where her and her crush, Gavin are in love- fortunately for her, the dream comes true. When it does, it's nothing she expects it to, or wants wants it to be. This book is about a girl who goes through an abusive relationship and loses herself, and some friends in the process, through someone that was supposed to be her prince charming but really ended up being the dragon trapping her in the castle. It goes through the story of how after suffering, and not knowing who she was, she learns to find herself and let go of the toxic relationship that she held onto for so long. Personally, I did not enjoy this book very much. I had to force myself to read it. I think it’s because it’s not something on the topic or genre I’m used to reading books of- it was new and the plot was about events I, or anyone I knew had never experienced or talked about. Like me, some readers may find reading this book uncomfortable and a little confusing, but others who have unfortunately experienced the things that this character, Grace had, would like this book and find it easy to relate to. Would not recommend?---by a teen in Surrey.

ArapahoeLesley Feb 08, 2018

A great read for older teens/new adult about the spiraling nature of toxic relationships. This book has excellent development of Grace's horrible family life and her decent into an abusive relationship, with lots of introspection. You could sense throughout that this is a very personal story of the author.

samcmar Oct 02, 2017

I had to put off reading Bad Romance for awhile. It's one of those books that looks at abusive relationships, why someone might stay, and ultimately why they need to choose themselves. Grace is a very difficult heroine because she is torn with choosing herself or enduring abuse because Gavin, her boyfriend, threatens to kill himself if she ever breaks up with him.

This book is very much a history of their relationship, written in a way where there's quite a bit of second-person use. The way in which Grace describes her relationship is so heartbreaking, hard, and reading the moments of the psychological torment that she faces is rough. Like, it hurts, and I found myself wincing in pain. Not every action Grace does makes sense, but what I love is Demetrios shows how she's working through it. I also love that she has such supportive friends who are trying to help her break the cycle.

This is also just such an amazing and well-written book. I felt so overwhelmed emotionally as I was reading this book that at times I had to simply close it because of what was happening. Being emotionally invested, even though I've never expected what Grace is going through... I empathized, a lot.

Bad Romance is a raw, rough, addictive book that will probably hit a lot of people's triggers. It's not an easy read, but it is a compelling one. Regardless of whether you've experience abuse or not, this is a book that will leave you emotionally raw by the end of it.


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