Bad Romance by Heather DemetriosBad Romance by Heather Demetrios

Bad Romance

byHeather Demetrios

Hardcover | June 13, 2017

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Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director-anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it's too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she's unable to escape.

Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness-and emerging into the light again.

Heather Demetrios is the author of several critically acclaimed novels including Something Real and I'll Meet You There. She is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award and has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. When she isn't traipsing around the world or spendin...
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Title:Bad RomanceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.42 × 5.78 × 1.26 inPublished:June 13, 2017Publisher:Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1627797726

ISBN - 13:9781627797726

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is Everything Yes it's triggering but so is life. So basically read about it, get some knowledge and maybe one day you can help yourself or others. As someone who has been in that "bad romance", this book was a word for word of my relationship, I really felt like it was speaking to me. It was great written and I felt like really conveyed what it's like to be in a relationship with someone who is messes with your mind and makes you feel like less than you are. Every girl should read this book.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Must Read The very first thing that attracted me to Bad Romance was that EXQUISITE cover. It’s not meant to be beautiful, but something ugly and rotting like the relationship that Grace and Gavin have and it manages to capture it perfectly. I LOVE THE COVER! Short and Sweet: Bad Romance is a heart-wrenching book, showing you the light after an abusive relationship and the courage it takes to remove yourself from one. Let’s break it down: (Which has also become a standard line for me in my reviews) IDEA: Only two chapters in, I got this intense feeling that Bad Romance was a very personal book to the author. And so, I flipped back to the acknowledgements and realised that Heather Demetrios was talking about and also slightly fictionalizing her own experience in an abusive relationship and it made it THAT MUCH MORE AUTHENTIC. I love the idea for this book. Honestly, the last book on abuse I read was Shannon Parker’s The Girl Who Fell and that was a YEAR ago. We should be talking about these kinds of relationships more. PLOT & WRITING I’m going to do these two together because it makes more sense. The writing was jumpy. It moved quickly from one instance to another, weeks and months passed by between paragraphs and the feeling of something unfinished stayed with me. It also took me a while to get used to the fact that this was sort of a book dedicated to Gavin, who was always referred to in the Second Person. It ended up bringing out the pain and heartbreak that I LOVED and WANTED but it did take a quarter of the book to get used to. While the writing was jumpy, the plot evened it out. It showcased all the important things, and MANAGED TO CAPTURE THE HOPE, LOVE AND HAPPINESS that eventually turned into despair, insecurity and sadness. CHARACTERS: I got Grace; I understood Grace. I understood what if felt like to be head over heels for someone you think is better than you. I understood the elation when that boy finally looks at YOU. I felt her being suffocated and tied down and confused and in love. I understood Grace and my heart fell for her and broke as hers did. Obviously, we weren’t meant to like Gavin, so I won’t be talking about him. I wish I could have liked him, in the beginning, but it would have been impossible with Grace’s narration that ended with things like “One year from now I wouldn’t want to see you, but run away from you/ hate you.” I wasn’t allowed to like him and then go through the journey with Grace and it made me feel slightly disconnected from the book. That IS the point, right, to fall in love and then realise that you’re more than a sum of his wishes? -- Bad Romance is the kind of book we should be reading. I know I’m saying that for a lot of books, but it is the truth. Whether it’s body image, eating disorders, mental health and abuse, WE SHOULD BE TALKING AND READING ABOUT IT. Maybe we don’t get into fully abusive relationships like Grace did in Bad Romance, but a lot of the time we tie our self-worth to what society sees us as; where on the social pole we lie which is what leads to that ability to bend for something we don’t want to do in the first place. Books like Bad Romance are IMPORTANT. It’s important to know that you shouldn’t lose yourself to anyone, least of all a guy you feel freer without. I HIGHLY recommend it. 4 stars.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios BAD ROMANCE by Heather Demetrios manages to be one of those TOUGH books (trigger warnings for suicide + emotional and minor physical abuse from significant others and parental figures) that sticks with you and makes you feel the feels but doesn't make your insides cringe so hard you can't read more then 30 pages at a time. In fact, if I didn't have to go to work, I probably would have read this book all in one sitting
Date published: 2017-06-16

Editorial Reviews

"Through Grace's lively, engaging voice, readers gain a vivid picture of the way a smart, self-assured girl can fall into an abusive relationship . . . . Demetrios' well-drawn characters are tremendously appealing, and Grace's discovery of the power of her own strength will make readers cheer." -BooklistPraise for I'll Meet You There:"Part coming-of-age, part romance, and part war story. Demetrios' latest is remarkable." -Booklist, starred review"Demetrios' latest will have a huge impact not only on YA fans, but also on booklovers of all ages. Her writing exudes raw feelings, and the characters all have strong, distinct personalities. . . . The balance between giggles and tears will keep your pulse racing till the finish." -RT Book Reviews"A heady, page-flipping romance." -Kirkus ReviewsPraise for Something Real:"Chilling satire . . . Thought-provoking ideas wrapped in an engaging plot." -Kirkus Reviews