But I Love Him by Amanda GraceBut I Love Him by Amanda Grace

But I Love Him

byAmanda Grace

Paperback | May 8, 2011

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Sometimes at night, I wake up and stare at the heart for hours. I think of how I collected each piece from the beach, how I glued it all together into one big sculpture. I wonder if Connor realizes what it means, that he'll always have a piece of me no matter what happens. Each piece of glass is another piece of myself that I gave to him. It's too bad I didn't keep any pieces for myself. At the beginning of senior year, Ann was a smiling, straight-A student and track star with friends and a future. Then she met a haunted young man named Connor. Only she can heal his emotional scars; only he could make her feel so loved - and needed. Ann can't recall the pivotal moment it all changed, when she surrendered everything to be with him, but by graduation, her life has become a dangerous high wire act. Just one mistake could trigger Connors rage, a senseless storm of cruel words and violence damaging everything - and everyone - in its path. This evocative slideshow of flashbacks reveals a heartbreaking story of love gone terribly wrong.
Amanda Grace is an alias for Mandy Hubbard, who is the author of Prada & Prejudice, You Wish, Ripple (all published by Razorbill/Penguin), But I Love Him and In Too Deep (both published by Flux). In Too Deep has been named a Junior Library Guild selection. She is a literary agent for D4EO Literary, where she represents authors of middl...
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Title:But I Love HimFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 8 × 5.19 × 0.68 inPublished:May 8, 2011Publisher:North Star EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0738725943

ISBN - 13:9780738725949

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful but tragic This book is backwards which is really interesting. The book breaks your heart but shows a portrayal of what an abusive relationship is really like.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great approach I really liked the story being told from beginning to end. It's a different approach but I think it works here. I personally found it easier to understand with the story being told backwards, it really makes you see how hard it is to leave those types of relationships, and how you would think they would change. I am very happy with the ending, and I would recommend it to my friends.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really well written The portrayal of an abusive relationship is very striking in this novel. It is so scary to think that an intelligent girl would be able to be so blinded by love, but it definitely happens. It was interesting to read into the mind of the girl and to have a better understanding of what goes through her head. Also it gave me an insight and even sympathy for the abuser, he grew up only knowing abuse and the fact that he falls into it, even unwittingly, is not surprising and really sad. I really wanted him to be helped, just like Ann wanted to help him, but she couldn't be the one to carry his burden.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dissapointing I dont want my title to make readers turn away from reading this book(or that i only gave it 2 leaves) I found this book while looking for a new book to read on goodreads. I liked the story and it seemed like a book i would really enjoy. And i did. I liked this book i just didnt like the style of writing(how the book was writen from ending to beginning) I would have liked it more if you had the anticipation leading up to the abuse even thought you knew it was coming. I would recommend this book to others it was a good book and i liked it, i just didnt like the writing style.
Date published: 2013-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful Wow! I could just leave my review at that and I would have summed up what I felt when reading But I Love Him by Amanda Grace. Told in reverse chronological order But I Love Him chronicles the love story between Ann and Conner that was doomed from the very beginning. I liked this book because it made me feel for the characters; both of them. It's so easy when writing a story that chronicles abuse of any kind or the demise of a relationship to create at least one character, usually the abuser, that is just so horrible that the reader hates them. They often come across as having no redeeming qualities and by the end of the book you are waiting and hoping for them to get a dose of their own medicine. By contrast the victim is usually not really someone that readers can identify with, and spend the entire book shaking their heads wondering why they don't just get out. That is not the case with this book. In But I Love Him, Amanda Grace introduces two characters you can't help but feel for. There is Ann who is the All American good girl who everyone loves and appears to be genuinely good person who wants the best for those around her. Conner on the other hand is not so much a bad boy, but a broken boy. He comes from an abusive home himself and seems to want to break the cycle of abuse, but he either doesn't know or posess the skill set to do so. Ann wants to help Conner and wants him to be better, and it's over this year that she comes to realization that she can't save him, but rather she has to save herself.
Date published: 2011-12-05

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