Student Book Review: What We Saw

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Autumn Chrunik is RDC Library’s student book blogger. She’s an avid reader (a huge bookworm!), who hopes to become an author someday. Until then she wants to study literature and literary writing, as well as publishing. Other than reading, she enjoys writing and hanging out with her friends and family. You can find Autumn on Twitter @AutumnChrunik or check out her blog For Those Who Read at Night.  Interested in being a student book blogger? Email: mary.medinsky@rdc.ab.ca

REVIEW: What We Saw By Kate Weston

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Synopsis (from my hardback cover)-

Kate Weston can piece together most of the bash at John Doone’s house: shots with Stacey Stallard, Ben Cody taking her keys and getting her home early, the feeling that maybe he’s becoming more than just the guy she’s known since they were kids.

But when a picture of Stacey passed out over Deacon Mills’s shoulder appears online the next morning, Kate suspects she doesn’t have all the details, and begins asking questions.

What really happened at the party after she left? Who was still there? What did they see?

When Stacey levels charges against four of Kate’s classmates, the whole town erupts into controversy. Facts that can’t be ignored begin to surface, and every answer Kate finds leads back to the same question: Where was Ben when a terrible crime was committed?

This story—inspired by real events—from debut novelist Aaron Hartzler takes an unflinching look at silence as a form of complicity. It’s a book about the high stakes of speaking up, and the razor thin line between guilt and innocence that so often gets blurred, one hundred and forty characters at a time.

My Thoughts:

*Trigger Warning: Rape

This book was so powerful! The decision that Kate Weston, the main character, has to make is really difficult: find out what really happened the night of the party when Stacey Stallard was assaulted, and tell, or stop asking questions. It’s a decision that Kate refuses to let go, especially when it might have to do with her new boyfriend Ben. All she can think about is what happened to Stacey, and where was Ben that night? Kate stops at nothing to find out the truth, no matter the consequences. The only problem is, is she willing to tell the police the truth as well, to do the right thing for Stacey, but potentially harm Ben in the process?

I really liked that the story had no happy ending. No one was going to be able to move on from the night of the party, and what happened to Stacey, whether the truth got told or not.This book also sheds light on the topic of rape, consent, and slut-shaming. I think this is such an important aspect of the book because it doesn’t get sugarcoated at all. This is an issue that needs to be discussed about more often, and the fact that we are seeing it more and more in literature is very important.

This book also sheds light on the topic of rape, consent, and slut-shaming. I think this is such an important aspect of the book because it doesn’t get sugarcoated at all. This is an issue that needs to be discussed about more often, and the fact that we are seeing it more and more in literature is very important.

With all of this being said I give this book, 5/5 stars! I think this is a book that everyone should pick up, so I highly recommend it.

Want to read this book? Request it using The Alberta Library. 

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