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What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

December 28, 2015

What we SawWhat We Saw by Aaron Hartzler. Pub. HarperTeen, 2015.

“you don’t get wasted. You don’t take off your top. You don’t flirt with raging drunks. You don’t dress like a slut. You have to play by the rules. If you don’t this is what happens”. This quote from the novel is what it is all about. A powerful theme and subject matter and a familiar scenario in this country as well.

Kate is a straight up girl. She plays sport she is a good scholar she has loyalty and a strong moral self. She has known 6ft 4 inch Ben since she was 5 years old and in a football match once she accidentally kicked him in the head and left a tell tale scar.

Set in the small Iowa town of Coral Sands where the High School has it’s best basketball team ever. Many of the players are being hunted by Colleges until one party attended by players from the Buccaneers basketball team changes everything. Not just for the school but for the whole town.

A girl is sexually abused and raped by team members while intoxicated. The incident is filmed and charges are laid. Read the rest to find out what happens.

Well told in short chapters, narrated by 17 year old Kate. I like the way the author fits in the geological history of Iowa and the musical Grease as well as a basketball game into the plot.

An unhappy ending for everyone but then what did they expect? beer and skittles!

A serious book with serious issues and attitudes for high school students.

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