This novel is told from the viewpoint of Emily about her and Scott’s community service, helping a group of adults with learning difficulties in a relationship class.
The reason for this? They didn’t come to Belinda’s rescue.
Belinda, a teen at Emily and Scott’s school also has learning difficulties and because of an infatuation, she heads to the school football game where the incident happens.
Through Belinda, we see the contributions leading up to this: an obsession with Pride and Prejudice and being too easily trusting. Tired of being overruled by her protective Nan and Mother. Just because the incident happened doesn’t mean her life should stop.
As Emily and Scott complete their course, things begin to spark between them. Can admitting what happened to Belinda and the courage they see in class admit what they’ve been feeling?
Is tough guy Scott all he seems?
Will Belinda find happiness?
Will Emily see beyond the surface?
My Verdict: I expected nothing less from McGovern n, the subject of disability is handled delicately as well as relationships and sexual harassment. Beautifully written. With a beautiful message of equality without coming across as patronising.
Genre: Young Adult/Relationships