The Opposite of Innocent

By: Sonya Sones

Lily has long had a crush on Luke, a friend of her parents who is more than twice her age. Now he's back from Africa and showing interest in "grown-up" Lily, which is flattering and exciting . . . at first. Told in verse. Author's note.

ISBN: 9780062370310

JLG Release: Dec 2018


Sensitive Areas: Language: Mild Language, Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use
Topics: Social and family issues , Physical and emotional abuse , Sexual abuse , Coming of age , Novels in verse

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Luke is a friend of the family. He went to college with Lily’s father, but is several years younger. Lily has always had a crush on him. After a stint abroad in Kenya, twenty-nine year-old Luke has come to live with them temporarily, and fourteenyear- old Lily is beside herself with giddy anticipation. “When Luke left, I had a billion zits, / N Luke is a friend of the family. He went to college with Lily’s father, but is several years younger. Lily has always had a crush on him. After a stint abroad in Kenya, twenty-nine year-old Luke has come to live with them temporarily, and fourteenyear- old Lily is beside herself with giddy anticipation. “When Luke left, I had a billion zits, / Now I’ve only got a million. / Plus, I’ve mastered the magic of makeup.” In a series of free-verse poems full of adolescent yearning, youthful naiveté, and pubescent insecurity, Lily chronicles her infatuation with Luke. She also chronicles his infatuation with her, how he manipulates her, grooms her, and exploits her. At first her relationship with Luke is wonderful and intoxicating, everything she hoped it would be, but when he pushes past her boundaries, she feels increasingly trapped. She has isolated herself from her concerned friends and sees no way to tell her parents, but when she notices Luke’s untoward behavior with her younger sister, she gathers the strength to reach out to a trusted adult for help. An author’s note and list of resources make this valuable for those wrestling with sexual and emotional abuse. jonathan hunt

Book Details

ISBN

9780062370310

First Release

December 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

272

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.7; Points: 4;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Amistad

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Mild Language, Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use

Topics

Social and family issues, Physical and emotional abuse, Sexual abuse, Coming of age, Novels in verse,

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