But I Love Him by Amanda Grace
But I Love Him is an intense and extremely well-done story of dating violence and the heartbreak of a relationship turned abusive. The story is told for the most part in reverse, opening with Connor unleashing his fury on Ann with dangerous consequences, and Ann working back through the story of their relationship to figure out where things went wrong and how she ended up beaten on the floor. It’s not an easy book to read, but it’s an extraordinary story of how a simple, carefree teenage relationship could go so wrong and an intense look at an abusive relationship. I especially loved the reverse chronology of the story; since we already knew how Ann & Connor’s story ended, it put the focus on how they arrived at the end, taking away much of the suspense and placing the emotions front and center. A simple, quick read, but definitely a powerful one.