I don’t like to post my reviews of ARCs super early because not everyone has access to them and I just don’t like doing it. I prefer to post my ARC reviews the day before the release date. But with reading these books so early, sometimes I want to talk about how good they are or encourage you to watch out for the release date or maybe pre-order them. So, I’m going to give you reasons why you should pre-order the book and I will post my full review the day before the release date!
1. You won’t be able to put it down
Seriously. It’s written in prose and is, therefore, a super quick read. The pages turn themselves! The chapters end in a way that make you just want to keep reading and they are very short chapters, so there’s always time for one more until…you’re done! This book is so captivating.
2. The way it’s told
It’s told in such an honest, innocent way that you can help but feel for 14-year-old Lily. She just wants a romance like she reads about in her books. Unfortunately, that’s not what she gets.
3. It’s heavy, but told lightly
The subject matter is obviously very heavy and hits you hard. But it’s told in such a way that makes it feel a little lighter. Maybe it’s the prose? Or maybe it’s the innocentness of the character telling the story that adds that lightness to it. Whatever it is, it just works and maybe that would make it easier for a younger audience to read it?
4. Very relatable main character
As I said above, Lily is a 14-year-old girl. She is sweet and innocent and just wants to experience romance. Like every teenage girl does. She thinks she falls in love with a guy. She doesn’t care about his age; she just cares about him. She doesn’t look at the situation the way that we, as experienced adults, look at it. She is just a young girl trying to find her way and ends up in this unfortunate situation. It’s heartbreakingly relatable.
About the Book
Poignant and chilling by turns, The Opposite of Innocent is award-winning author Sonya Sones’s most gripping novel in verse yet. It’s the story of a girl named Lily, who’s been crushing on a man named Luke, a friend of her parents, ever since she can remember.
Luke has been away for two endless years, but he’s finally returning today. Lily was only twelve when he left. But now, at fourteen, she feels transformed. She can’t wait to see how Luke will react when he sees the new her. And when her mother tells her that Luke will be staying with them for a while, in the bedroom right next to hers, her heart nearly stops.
Having Luke back is better than Lily could have ever dreamed. His lingering looks set Lily on fire. Is she just imagining them? But then, when they’re alone, he kisses her. Then he kisses her again. Lily’s friends think anyone his age who wants to be with a fourteen-year-old must be really messed up. Maybe even dangerous. But Luke would never do anything to hurt her…would he?
In this powerful tale of a terrifying leap into young adulthood, readers will accompany Lily on her harrowing journey from hopelessness to hope.