Kate Weston can piece together most of the bash at John Doone’s house: shots with Stacey Stallard, Ben Cody taking her keys and getting her home early – the feeling that maybe he’s becoming more than just the guy she’s known since they were kids.
But when a picture of Stacey passed out over Deacon Mills’ shoulder appears online the next morning, Kate suspects she doesn’t have all the details. When Stacey levels charges against four of Kate’s classmates, the whole town erupts into controversy. Facts that can’t be ignored begin to surface, and every answer Kate finds leads back to the same question: Where was Ben when a terrible crime was committed?
What I liked
The character of Kate is what I liked best. She may have been at that party, she may have been under the influence, her boyfriend may have driven her home but she doesn’t believe Stacey is lying about being assaulted. It just doesn’t add up in her mind or other people’s stories, even if her friends are trying to convince her of it, deep down she knows there is more to the story. Kate stops at nothing when trying to figure out what is true and why the real truths are being hidden even if that means catching her boyfriend in his own lie.
What I didn’t like
When I decided to read this novel, not only did I find out it was based on true events but there was an eerie coincidence to an issue that was actually happening in real life. This book portrayed a high school girl being sexually attacked at a party by people she knew and was video taped by people who were supposed to be her friends. Many were drunk but few were sober and they had to decide whether to come forward or stay quiet. This was a little hard for me to read because I’ve had a friend who has had this happen and the real life incident I talked about earlier was the Brock Turner case. The woman in this case too was sexually assaulted and he did not receive the sentence he deserved all because she was “too drunk” to remember. So on a personal level there was nothing about the book I disliked, it’s just the idea of the plot that sickens me.
Would I recommend?
I would definitely recommend this novel. It was a great read that is written about a very touchy subject that a lot of people don’t like to talk about. For a YA novel, I think that it was raw enough to show and bring to light to the intended readers of the issues women go through when this happens.
“Remember, nothing is exactly as it appears. The closer you look, the more you see.”
I would rate the novel What We Saw 5/5 stars.