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Rape: A Love Story by Joyce Carol Oates

Rape: A Love Story
by Joyce Carol Oats

Copyright: 2003
Pages: 154
Rating: 3/5
Read: May 24, 2009
Challenge:  2009 100+ Reading Challenge;
Yearly Count: 25

First Line: After she was gang-raped, kicked and beaten and left to die on the floor of the filthy boathouse at Rocky Point Park.

When Teena Maguire took a shortcut home after a party with her twelve-year-old daughter Bethie, she could never have imagined what awaited her in the park. A victim of a vicious gang rape some say she deserved it. She shouldn’t have been in that park at midnight dressed the way she was … But now the only thing Teena can do is regret that she even survived the attack. And Bethie’s childhood as she knows it is now over. The gang of young men who attacked her have been rounded up, identified by Bethie, but they’ve got hot shot attorneys who are going to get the charges reduced to simple assault. And with them out on bail, Teena is not coming out of her bedroom and Bethie is terrified. But one man understands their pain … and understands the meaning of justice for Teena and Bethie.

I read a review of this book on someone’s book blog (sorry, I don’t remember who it was) and put it on my PBS reminder list. When I was browsing in the library (like I need to be doing that with all these books at the house) I happened to notice it and picked it up off the shelf quickly! Unfortunately I was not impressed by this book, or novella I should say. There was just something about it. I didn’t care for the writing style I guess you could say. The sentences seemed all choppy. I am assuming that some people would enjoy that style, but I personally didn’t like it real well. I enjoyed the overall storyline, but didn’t care for the execution of it.

3 thoughts on “Rape: A Love Story by Joyce Carol Oates”

  1. This is why I love book bloggers. Read this and found a copy at my library the day you posted it for one for the reading challenges. I picked up a copy yesterday. Read it last night. My feelings on the book were opposite, but that’s not the point. You found the book from a book blogger as did I and we might not have found it any other way! 🙂 I know I wouldn’t have. That is for sure.

  2. I have seen reviews of this book floating around, and have been intrigued. I am sure I will pick this up and read, but I appreciate your honesty in the review. Thanks.

  3. I am sorry you didn’t care for this one. I liked the one Joyce Carol Oates book I read and do have this one on my shelf. I wonder if we had both read the same review that sparked our interest in it. 🙂

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