Okay. Wow. What a ride. This book was nothing like I expected it to be. When I read the synopsis, I guess I didn’t really realize that this book is about a pedophile. I didn’t realize how old Luke actually was. I didn’t realize this book would hit me so hard.
This book is told from the point-of-view of a 14-year-old girl named Lily. It feels like a romance at first. Lily is so young and innocent and doesn’t at all realize what’s happening. She just knows that she has a crush on this older man and she wants to experience romance like in the books she’s always reading. But Luke is not just an older man. He’s 29 years old. He’s nothing more than a pedophile. As the book moves on, it gets darker and darker.
I thought this book was told in a very honest way, from Lily’s perspective. I thought it was done very well.
The ending was very abrupt and I wasn’t expecting it to end that suddenly! I wanted more. I wanted some kind of closure. I guess I will just have to make assumptions about what happened after that last page.
I would recommend this book. It was a very quick read and those pages just turned themselves! I didn’t want to put it down. I’m definitely going to check out other books by this author.
Best Aspect: Captivity
About the Book:
Heartrending and chilling by turns, The Opposite of Innocent is Sonya Sones’s most gripping novel in verse yet—the story of a girl who finds herself trapped in an abusive relationship with a man twice her age.
Lily has been crushing on Luke, a friend of her parents’, ever since she can remember. He’s 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. At first, the secrecy and danger of their relationship thrills Lily. But soon Luke begins to expect, then demand much more than kissing. He won’t stop pressuring her to do things she doesn’t want to do. Lily wishes she had never flirted with Luke. She feels imprisoned in a situation that’s all her fault. How will she escape?
In this powerful tale of a terrifying leap into young adulthood, readers will accompany Lily on her harrowing journey from hopelessness to hope.