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10 December 2007


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Brian F.

If I promise to read this, do you promise to read SOMEDAY THIS PAIN WILL BE USEFUL TO YOU?

Liz B

I loved, loved, loved this book. And the sex was so necessary; it was needed to say, "molestation is not about violence." I found it so hard to write about Josh/Eve because I found myself falling into certain words: "relationship"..but when there is an abuser, does saying relationship validate it somehow? I wanted to say something about Eve's careful seduction about Josh, but then I realized that true seduction is really between equals, and so it was almost grotesque to say seduction. Basically, no matter how lustful he I(or she) is, a 12 year old is incapable of consenting to sex with an adult; and I loved that it showed that abuse can be.... soft. And manipulative to the point where the victim does believe "I wanted it; I started it; it was all my fault."

Aside from that, I find it very interesting to compare Boy Toy and Wednesday Wars: two very different teachers who influence two twelve year olds.


Oh, I'm glad I'm not alone on this one. It was so fantastic. Almost everything Eve did really did make me feel ill -- since we knew from the beginning what was coming, everything she did was leading up to it, and it just... GAH. I felt this horrible tension, just waiting for it to finally happen.

I think the sex was necessary for your reason, but also because if Lyga'd avoided it, it would have somehow suggested that Josh should have been ashamed of being abused. I'm not sure if that makes any sense -- it does in my head, but I don't know if I'm explaining it very well.

I had the same thought about using the word 'relationship', but I ended up using it because I figured, well, it was a relationship of some sort. It just happened to be a super effed up one.

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