Tuesday, 22 September 2015

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

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What We Saw
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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. 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.


  What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


What We Saw

“Nothing is exactly as it appears. The closer you look, the more you see.”



This was quite a shocking story, in which a girl is raped, and everyone would rather believe the basketball team when they say they didn’t do it, than believe the victim!

“Deacon may lose his scholarship anyway.”
“No way!” Will yelps.
“Terrible shame,” says Connie. “Over a dumb rumour. Well check the source, I always say.”




I felt quite sorry for Kate in this story, but I also felt like she maybe shouldn’t have trusted a certain person as much as she did. I did like the way she stuck to her guns about telling the police what she knew.

The storyline in this was basically about Stacey being raped, and everyone insisting that the basketball team were innocent, not guilty, and then Kate’s blossoming relationship with her best friend Ben. I have to say that I was quite disgusted with the way that everyone assumed that Stacey was lying instead of being on her side, and I really felt quite sick about that! Saying that someone is lying when they claim to have been raped is really quite awful.

“I only know that when you wear sexy clothes, guys get all turned on, and if you’re drunk and they’re drunk, you have to be really careful.”



There was some romance in this, but the question over whether Ben knew something about the events of the night Stacey was raped kind of put a bit of a cloud over the romance for me.

“It was all a big misunderstanding.”



The ending to this was okay, although it wasn’t a ‘happily ever after’. It was a satisfying ending though.



6 out of 10

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