The Opposite of Innocent, by Sonya Sones


Luke has been away for two endless years, but he’s finally returning today.


Lily was only twelve when he left. But now, at fourteen, she feels transformed. She can’t wait to see how Luke will react when he sees the new her. And when her mother tells her that Luke will be staying with them for a while, in the bedroom right next to hers, her heart nearly stops.

Having Luke back is better than Lily could have ever dreamed. His lingering looks set Lily on fire. Is she just imagining them? But then, when they’re alone, he kisses her. Then he kisses her again. Lily’s friends think anyone his age who wants to be with a fourteen-year-old must be really messed up. Maybe even dangerous. But Luke would never do anything to hurt her...would he?

In this powerful tale of a terrifying leap into young adulthood, readers will accompany Lily on her harrowing journey from hopelessness to hope.

 

“A quick moving and emotionally charged novel that explores an important subject.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“In her signature style, Sones weaves a pulse-quickening tale of sexual abuse from young victim’s view. A portrait of suffering that will break readers’ hearts.” (ALA Booklist)

“This novel in verse concisely examines one girl’s experience of sexual abuse in a way that is both timely and relevant.” (School Library Journal)

 


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