Title: Fault Line
Author: Christa Desir
Published: October 15th 2013 by SimonPulse
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review
"Ben could date anyone he wants, but he only has eyes for the new girl — sarcastic free-spirit, Ani. Luckily for Ben, Ani wants him too. She’s everything Ben could ever imagine. Everything he could ever want.
But that all changes after the party. The one Ben misses. The one Ani goes to alone.
Now Ani isn’t the girl she used to be, and Ben can’t sort out the truth from the lies. What really happened, and who is to blame?
Ben wants to help her, but she refuses to be helped. The more she pushes Ben away, the more he wonders if there’s anything he can do to save the girl he loves."
First line: "I thought Ani could be fixed."
Thoughts: To say this book is an emotional roller-coaster is an understatement. I cannot tell you how many times I wanted to stop reading it, due to too many feels, yet couldn't. The need to know what will happen next and how things will play out kept me going. I wanted to throw-up, and I wanted to keep reading. Seriously, that's how well-written and beautifully done FAULT LINE is.
When I initially read the summary, I had a pretty good idea of what I thought happened to Ani the night of the party. What I didn't expect to find was how insanely extreme and intense the situation truly is. It's amazing how one night can change a person forever and in this case, it altered two lives. From the very first page, you get a glimpse into how severely messed up Ani and Ben are. After that, it jumps back to six months before, back to the beginning until you reach the end. In so many words, the book is told from what I call a Tarantino perspective: Start from the end, flash to the beginning, and end where it began.
FAULT LINE reminded me of so many recent cases I've read about online. I cannot fathom how teenagers can grow up knowing their peers can be so dangerous and evil. Whatever happened to going to the movies and grabbing a bite at Chili's? It's a cruel world out there, and Desir isn't afraid to talk about it.
How many times did I just want to reach out to Ben and hug him? Plenty, my friends. Plenty. You can just tell how much he loves Ani and wants to help her. The thing is, some people just don't want to be helped. I wanted to hate Ani. I did but couldn't because what happened to her was awful. How can you hate someone who had to deal with such an ordeal? Thus, all you can do is watch the train wreck unfold and pray for some sort of resolution or miracle.
One of the things I kind of wish the author did was split the points of views between both Ben and Ani. Though you get to witness through Ben how distraught and broken she is, you can't fully grasp why she's doing the the things she does. She doesn't let Ben in and even though she kind of tells him why, it's not enough. That's how I felt, and that's totally my opinion. After all, this is Ben's story to tell. Maybe Desir should write a few short stories through Ani's point of view and post them on her blog? I would love that!
Overall, I would recommend FAULT LINE to all fans of realistic contemporary novels. If you're looking for a light and easy read, look away. If you're looking for a fantastic novel with raw, real emotions, you've come to the right place. I will say this novel is a bit on the sexually explicit side. Some events are very detailed, so if that's something you're uncomfortable with, I would not recommend this book for you. For those who are on the fence about reading this book, just do it. It's worth it. I really liked it and think you will, too.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to follow this book up with a cocktail and a few cheesy 90's movies.