So Much It Hurts - YA Review by Tori H.

Reader: Tori H.
Age: 13
Title: So Much It Hurts
Author: Monique Polak
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 09/01/2013
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: Polak did a really good job of showing who Iris was through her thoughts and dialogue, which exposed her feelings and weaknesses. The author is amazing at character development. She is good at showing how Iris changes throughout the book. The dialogue is very descriptive and powerful. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes drama and romance.
Memorable or Forgettable: This book was memorable, because it really teaches you why people stay in an abusive relationship. Just because someone hurts you doesn't mean you don't love them, but sometimes you have to let them go.
Cover: The cover tempted me to pick up the book. It was of Iris with her head in her hands, crying. It was a good reflection of the contents. Very intriguing, because it makes the reader want to find out why?
Age Range: 14 through 18 and up
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 3P Some teen appeal
Annotation: Meet Iris, a seventeen-year-old girl who works at an ice cream shop and wants to be an actress. One day Iris meets Mick, a thirty-one-year-old, well-known director from Australia, and he likes her. She is overjoyed, and they start a secret relationship. Iris falls in love, but she doesn't know what she's getting into. Mick has a temper, and when he is mad, he uses his fists to express his frustration. What will Iris do now that she is in an abusive relationship?

tags: realistic fiction / romance / ya lit

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