I was given an ARC by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for
an honest review. Please note that all quote mentioned here were taken
from the ARC copy, not the final version.
What We Saw is different from the normal books that I read.
I mostly read contemporary romance novels, but this one is far from it. This one is about rape and how rapists can get away with the crime they committed, and how the victim somehow gets blamed for being raped.
What We Saw started out slow for me.
I was already 30% in when I started seeing an inkling of what was promised from the synopsis. The first 40% were really slow and I was bored. The latter 60% were at normal pace, and that made it better. Although I don't like the pace of this book though, I must admit that there are lots of amazing quotes in this novel.
This book has a really great message,
and the point made by the author really should be known by all. It's so unfair
how Stacey was blamed for being drunk and for wearing sexy clothes, when most of the people from the same party were in the same state. It was so unfair how everyone covered for the rapists' actions just because they were popular, part of the varsity, and because boys will be boys. But another wonderful point made by the author is how sometimes, we blame the victim because the idea that the same thing would happen to us is even scarier
than just blaming the victim and saying that she is different from all of us.
Aside from that, this book also featured romance, a supportive family, true friends, and a very brave girl who came forward when no else would.
When she knows she'll lose almost everything. When she knows that she'll become a pariah. There was this point when Kate came forward and was told that she did the right thing. She replied that it sure didn't feel like it, and the detective told her, "Sometimes that's how you know."
Overall, the message of this book is so important that I feel like it's a must read, but at the same time it's so hard to recommend it since I felt bored in the first 40% and even after then, I found myself skipping some of the narratives.