Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios
Published June 13, 2017 by Henry Holt & Company
Genres YA, Romance
Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone. Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. 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.
This book was hard to read at time but I absolutely loved it and it covers a very important topic. The characters in this book are so well written, especially Grace, I loved her character. Not only is she unique, but throughout the book, even with the bad things happening with her family and then with Gavin, she is still so full of energy for her passions. From the beginning, we see that Grace’s family life has really effected the way she sees herself, which I think is one of the reasons Gavin pulls her in so easily. It was interesting to watch how she changed from the beginning of the book to the end. I also really loved her 2 best friends Nat & Lysa, they are both such interesting and likeable characters. The author does a really good job portraying how someone as smart as Grace, could get herself into a relationship with someone like Gavin and then have a very difficult time getting herself back out. I think this book does a really good job explaining how someone can get into a situation like that, without seeing how dangerous it is, until it’s too late.
I think this is a really important book because it gets into an issue that I haven’t before read in a YA book. There very well may be similar books but I personally haven’t read any of them. This book made me laugh and it made me cry. There were times when I was reading it and shaking my head thinking, “Grace, seriously? What are you doing?” From an outsiders perspective, it’s easy to see how all these little things that Gavin does, turns into a big thing. But as I said, the author did an excellent job writing this book in a way that would make readers understand how someone in this situation, might not see what was happening, until they got very deep into this type of abusive, controlling relationship. The dynamics of Grace’s family were also very interesting and hard at times to read about. I think there are a lot of women (and men) out there that can sadly relate to this book, as I think this is something that happens more often then we think. It is one of those books that I read and immediately thought, “Everyone needs to read this.” Which doesn’t happen very often. I borrowed this book from my library as an e-book, but I plan to buy the hardcover as well, because not only is it a great book, but the cover it amazing. I highly recommend this book and I can’t wait to read more from the author in the future.