Friday, August 17, 2018
BLOG TOUR: Someone I Used To Know by Patty Blount
Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Patty Blount's Someone I Used To Know! Yup! Today, on our tour stop, we have an exclusive excerpt AND a tour-wide giveaway to share!!! There's even a book trailer! Not only that, you can read what I thought about this book! So... Check it out and grab your copy today!!!
It's been two years since the night that changed Ashley's life and two years of hell for Derek. When it all comes to a head at Thanksgiving, will these siblings be able to salvage their relationship? From the award-winning author of Some Boys comes an unflinching examination of rape culture that delves into a family torn apart by sexual assault.
August 7, 2018
It’s been two years since the night that changed Ashley’s life. Two years since she was raped by her brother’s teammate. And a year since she sat in a court and watched as he was given a slap-on-the-wrist sentence. But the years have done nothing to stop the pain or lessen the crippling panic attacks that make her feel like she’s living a half-life.
It’s been two years of hell for Derek. His family is totally messed up and he and his sister are barely speaking. He knows she partially blames him for what happened, and totally blames him for how he handled the aftermath. Now at college, he has to come to terms with what happened, and the rape culture that he was inadvertently a part of that destroyed his sister’s life.
When it all comes to a head at Thanksgiving, Derek and Ashley have to decide if their relationship is able to be saved. And if their family can ever be whole again.
This novel is a companion story to Patty's award-winning Some Boys. In this scene, Ian Russell, one of the main characters in Some Boys, meets Derek Lawrence in Someone I Used To Know.
**About the Author**
Patty Blount grew up quiet and somewhat invisible in Queens, NY, but found her voice writing smart and strong characters willing to fight for what’s right. Today, she’s the award-winning author of edgy, realistic, gut-wrenching contemporary and young adult romance. Still a bit introverted, she gets lost often, eats way too much chocolate, and tends to develop mad, passionate crushes on fictional characters…and actors like Gilles Marini….and Sam Heughan. Okay, so Patty’s not nearly as cool as her characters, but she is a solid supporter of women’s rights and loves delivering school presentations.
Patty is best known for her internet issues novels, including SOME BOYS, a 2015 CLMP Firecracker winner and RWA Rita Finalist, and SEND, a 2012 Junior Library Guild Fall Pick. Her upcoming release, SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW, has already been selected as a 2018 Junior Library Guild Fall Pick. Visit her website at pattyblount.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter. She blogs at YA Outside the Lines and is also active on Twitter and Facebook. When she’s not writing, Patty loves to watch bad sci-fi movies, live tweeting the hilarity, and scour Pinterest for ideas on awesome bookcases. Patty lives on Long Island with her family in a house that, sadly, lacks bookcases. She loves hearing from readers, especially when they tell her she’s cool (even though she knows it’s not true), and is easily bribed with chocolate. Never underestimate the power of chocolate.
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Note: This review contains NO spoilers
I am still processing what I just read. This story discusses the real tough issue of sexual assault/rape. In a society that sexualizes everything, it blurs the line of a person's right to say NO, when it definitely is a hard in that should never be crossed. Someone I Used To Know takes a hard look of the aftermath of such an event, especially within a family. Yes, the family suffers just as much as the victim. Patty Blount delivers a very emotional and gripping story of a brother and sister, indirectly and directly, respectively, that must endure all the emotions that deeply affects them to the point that it can break their family apart. Patty goes into great detail of the emotional and mental anguish everyone endures, even a couple years after, and tries to deal with it.
OMG! This is definitely a "must read" for everyone. Thought I was going to have an anxiety attack myself as I followed Ashley's and Derek's story. Not only was this an emotionally riveting story, it was also suspenseful in the sense that I was literally "holding my breath" until the end to find out the outcome of their efforts for rape/sexual assault awareness. I seriously got emotional at the end. Wow! Seriously! You gotta READ THIS!
Patty Blount is offering one (1) lucky Grand Prize winner a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a paperback copy of Someone I Used to Know, plus three (3) Runner-Up winners a $5 Amazon Gift Card. To enter for your chance to win one of these exciting prizes, please fill out the Rafflecopter below:
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