Title: What We Saw
Author: Aaron Hartzler
Publication Date: 22nd September 2015
This is a spoiler free review
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’s 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?
Thoughts and Feelings
This is a book that makes you think.
“The closer you look, the more you see”
I was surprised how much the book focused solely on Kate, but I really enjoyed her reactions and her fight to find the truth. Some of her actions were questionable, but I think that makes her more realistic.
There was also a lot of repetition through out the book. I think it reenforced the idea that Kate is trying to think her way through this horrific event.
The other characters in the book are written really well, and show the various reactions that people have when a sexual assault occurs. There was a bit of instant love between Kate and Ben, and it kind of annoyed me because they went from friends who had a bit of chemistry to completely in love within two days.
What We Saw has a very hauntingly realistic story, highlighting how easily it could happen and the importance of finding the truth and no just listening to the gossip.
I just loved the way this book explored the very important topics of rape and consent. I would highly recommend this to everyone.