Release Date: September 22, 2015
Format: ebook (Kindle)
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Review Date: June 20, 2016
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: 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?
This story—inspired by real events—from debut novelist Aaron Hartzler takes an unflinching look at silence as a form of complicity. It’s a book about the high stakes of speaking up, and the razor thin line between guilt and innocence that so often gets blurred, one hundred and forty characters at a time.
What We Saw is loaded with themes of consent, rape, group think mentality, cyber bullying and more. The story really emphasizes how everyone is responsible for their actions, directly or indirectly. This is one of those books that every high schooler should read. For that matter, every college student should read it as well. In light of recent events that have gotten media attention, and seems as though a lot of kids, teens, young adults, could learn a thing or two about the word consent.
The story takes place in the small town where the basketball team can do no wrong. A lot of times and small towns, or even large cities, the sports players are really worshipped , and are never at fault for anything. This is sad, because it gives these men and women in some cases, the idea that they can do whatever they want without any consequence. It's a real sense of entitlement that these kids feel when they are being worshipped like gods.
Aaron Hartzler Explains What We Saw &
The Importance of Discussing Tough Topics