Title: Bitter Betrayal
Author: Amanda M Thrasher
Pages: 225 Pages
They say there are two sides to every story, and somewhere in the middle lies the truth. There’s no exception to this one. Impaired decisions, questionable actions, and consequences with irreversible damage destroy the lives of two young teens.
High school junior Payton Phillips is dating the boy she knows she’s going to spend the rest of her life with: Reece Townsend. An opportunity for the dating teens and their friends to have the night of their lives–an invite to Stacie Wiggin’s party–will go down in the books as epic. But when things escalate and emotions run high, the evening of their dreams turns into a nightmare of he said, she said. Who did exactly what that night? As teens tweet, Snap, and play their stories out online, social media threatens to ruin more than the teens’ reputations. Relationships, scholarships, and entire families are at stake. Whose side of the story will you choose to believe, his or hers?
Oh boy. Where do I begin.
Ok. Bitter Betrayal by Amanda M. Thrasher is a good story. It is well written and thought out and highlights some of the fears of parents and children about socialisation and growing up too fast. Whilst I will not complain about the writing because it is accomplished I have a lot of negative thoughts about how it was presented.
Personally, I found that the story was overly moralistic and at times pious. It was too consequence driven and made it seem that all the consequences would be bad ones. It didn’t give a positive message about first time sex and made, quite frankly, felt like scaremongering. Furthermore, the authorial interjections such as “as teens do” and “with teen love”* felt intrusive and condescending. Not what I have come to expect from YA fiction which has made leaps and bounds in treating its audience with maturity and respect in the recent years.
Bitter Betrayal is a good story but with a closer examination of a modern young adult audience it could have been a lot better.
- Not direct quotes.
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