Bad Romance (Heather Demetrios)

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Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape.

Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.

Sucker punched. That is what I am feeling right now. I’m shook. Bad Romance is a book that shows you how domestic abuse begins. And let me just say, it nails it. Every tiny detail, action, THIS is how it happens and Heather gets it ALL right.

“I gave you my heart on a silver fucking platter and you ate it, piece by bloody piece.”

The best part about this whole book? You get to watch it all form and begin. You get to see what’s it like and how it happens. You will have no excuse anymore to say “she’s stupid for staying” because this is real, guys. And this book lays it all out for you. The emotional effect it had on me was no joke at all.

I really love the way the author constructed the story line. The writing, the build up, the anxiety, and tension. It was so real to me. It was so overwhelming in a way that I needed.

“You’re building a wall around us, keeping out every one I know and love. Soon, that wall will be too hard to climb back over.”

My absolute favorite part of the whole book? The narrative. Just like Caroline Kepnes’ book YOU, the second person (past tense) narrative brings light and perspective to the reader that you might now get in a first or third person POV. Brilliant choice, Heather.

Heather wrote this book to open eyes. To show people the things they don’t want to see. And I am 100% behind it. This is what it’s like and it happens before you even know it.

This is real, you guys. And it’s happening every single day. There are Grace’s out there. There are Gavin’s out there. Every. Single. Day.

“When you’re a stupid girl in love, it’s almost impossible to see the red flags. It’s so easy to pretend they’re not there, to pretend that everything is perfect.”

I want to hug Heather for writing this. I want to hug her for showing so much light on issues that don’t get enough light. Because im this book she got it right. She didn’t romanticize it. She made it real and hurtful. Just like real life.

Bad Romance is an important and powerful read that every one needs to experience.

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