Bad romance by Heather Demetrios
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 5/5 stars
(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)
Grace wants to escape her life, the life where her step father wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floor. When she falls in love with Gavin, she’s afraid it’s too good to be true, until she realises that it becomes another prison that she cannot escape from.
I like how the story was written, in a past tense and reflection/reminiscence style. We start at the end to see how everything began. The writing style was really interesting, profound and unique. If you read between the lines, you can see that there is something dark and gritty lying in it’s midst.
It shows how every toxic relationship starts, all the sweet things first before the possessiveness sets in, then comes the verbal and mental abuse.
I did understand where Gavin was coming from, his ex, Summer treated him badly, but him using Summer’s name to manipulate Grace was definitely not the way to get into Grace’s heart.
What sucks the most is that Grace was set up as a character you’re inclined to root for since the start, but you see her downward spiralling and can’t do anything to help her. I wanted so badly to reach into the book to pull Grace out of that situation.
Unfortunately for me, this story was really relatable and it definitely hit certain chords with me. I almost wrote ‘you’ and ‘I’ in my review notes because this story was kinda personal to me too. Of course my toxic relationship wasn’t this extreme (thank god) and I should have saw the signs from both sides before I let it carry on for too far, letting it destroy me in the process and only realising it a few years later.
I liked the ending of this book. This story was such a personal and relatable one to me that it brought me to tears. Because I found myself in Grace, because a few years ago, I WAS Grace, letting myself fall prey to the verbal and emotional abuse when I should have been the one to walk away a long time ago. (My sad story aside) Definitely give this book a go! It has a powerful message and I think everyone should read it!
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