Review : What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

“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 was a very important book. More than that, it was powerful and strong. This book left me speechless. It had so many strong themes and some parts were not easy to read. I don’t usually add quotes to my short reviews, but i feel like this one really tells you the vibe of the book, it’s also an important quote, especially since it’s from a male writer : “boys will be boys is what people say to excuse guys when they do something awful”. It talks about rape, slut shaming, bullying, and social media. The main character was fantastic, i love Kate. I love how she decides to go against the rest of the group amd stand up for what she thinks is right. I did like Ben at first and i did enjoy his relationship with Kate, even if i found some part of it a bit cheesy. The writing style was good too, enjoyable. 

What We Saw is an important and you all should read it. 

What We Saw : 4.5/4


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