27 September 2013

Review: Fault Line by Christa Desir

Fault Line by Christa Desir

Expected Publication: 12 November 2013 by Simon Pulse

Pages: 240 (hardcover)

Genre/s: YA, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Source: Publisher for 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.

My Thoughts

This is going to be a book that people love, or hate and I think there'll be very few people in between.  A big statement perhaps, but, honestly, I liked it more than I hated it, so I'm almost squarely in the former category.

Although it appears to be marketed as a Young Adult book, I would personally place it far more into the New Adult category - there is explicit language, a lot of sexual scenes and the subject matter is intense and pretty confronting.

I really disliked Ben at the beginning, but that didn't make me dislike the book - it all sounds a bit weird  but I'll try and explain.  Ben is a sex-obsessed, shallow boy - that does change after Ani goes to the party alone, but although I didn't like him, I can't hold it against the book.  Let's be honest, I don't know what the brain of an eighteen-year-old boy is like, but I can give it a pretty good guess -  after all, I did date (and live with, in fact) an eighteen year old boy myself.  And yes, in books we love 'nice' guys that we can go a little gooey over, but this is realistic fiction and real life can be a real eyeopener.

Ben and Ani's relationship is cute, but it's not particularly fireworks and amazing mind-blowing connections and that's probably my only disappointment with Fault Line.  It's a fast read, and although it didn't really feel like insta-love, apart from smart-arse attitudes, it didn't really feel like Ben and Ani had a huge amount in common.

What happens to Ani at the party without Ben is shocking, but even more appalling was the reaction of her schoolmates - I know that kids can be cruel but it reached the point where I was almost physically cringing on Ani's behalf at the nasty comments and actions that were dished out to her.

Fault Line deals with some very confronting issues, and it felt like Ms. Desir's personal experiences really flowed into the story and made the reactions of the characters feel very real and intense.  This is not an easy read, but it's an intense and moving story that really got my emotions going.


  1. Thanks for your review!
    I'm not sure if I'll give this one a chance, given that I'm not so much into contemporaries, though.

  2. I respectfully but firmly disagree with placing this in the new adult category. Teens aren't special snowflakes who can't handle this. They live in this world, and they need to be prepared for the issues in it. I'm not saying it would ideally be pushed on a thirteen year old, but certainly upper teens.

    Hmmm, I didn't think Ben was particularly shallow. He thought about sex, yeah, but who doesn't? Awww, I liked Ben and Ani (fyi, you have her listed as Ami). They were so cute! Sounds like I connected with Ben more than most. Not sure why, but my feels!

    1. You have a very good, valid point. It is definitely one for older teens, and my confusion over the whole new adult category shows.

      I didn't passionately dislike Ben - I think Desir did a great job in unromanticising the whole thing, and making the characters very realistic. Now I just need to correct the name thing - d'oh!



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