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October 16, 2013

Blog Tour: Fault Line by Christa Desir – Review and Guest Post

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Fault Line by Christa Desir

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Fault-Line

Ben could date anyone he wants, but he only has eyes for the new girl — sarcastic free-spirit, Ani. Luckily for Ben, Ani wants him too. She’s everything Ben could ever imagine. Everything he could ever want.

But that all changes after the party. The one Ben misses. The one Ani goes to alone.

Now Ani isn’t the girl she used to be, and Ben can’t sort out the truth from the lies. What really happened, and who is to blame?

Ben wants to help her, but she refuses to be helped. The more she pushes Ben away, the more he wonders if there’s anything he can do to save the girl he loves.

add to goodreadsFault Line by Christa Desir
Publication Date:  October 15, 2013
Publisher:  SimonPulse

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We were in no way paid for our opinions **

Gabby NewFault Line by author Christa Desir was definitely a novel d that I was interested in reading due to the fact that it focuses on a very important topic that isn’t touched down on much: rape. What I will say, now that I’ve finished this novel, is that this is a very good read that shows the impact that rape survivors not only go through themselves but what happens to those around them. Fault Line was an emotional, dramatic and powerful read.

In Fault Line main character Ben meets Annika. She’s the only girl he wants. She’s witty, sarcastic, and beautiful. At first things seem great. Ben wants Ani, Ani wants him back and they quickly fall into a relationship. While Ben is slowly starting to fall for Ani and Ani continues acting like herself it seems like nothing could ruin what they have going for them. Until the one weekend when Ben thinks that Ani is leaving for a Girl’s Night and discovers that something else has happened entirely. She went to a party, one he should have been at but wasn’t—and Ani was assaulted.

 Trying to recover from the experience, Ani’s life begins to spiral downward and Ben is working so hard to fix his girlfriend. But dealing with the mysteries of what happened that night, the mystery of who did this to Ani and the rumors circulating around the school involving what happened to Ani at the party, all proves to be more difficult than Ben thought. Suddenly he begins to wonder if he even can save his girlfriend or if she’s too far gone already.

Fault Line was a read that I didn’t expect to get me attached to the character the way I did. I liked Ben and Ani’s relationship from before the assault. They were cute in a high school relationship kind of way. But after the assault I did like Ben’s character and the way he stuck by her no matter what. Fault Line really goes into the aftermath of what happens to the victims of assault and what happens to the people around them. Ben is heavily impacted by Ani’s choices and it changes and challenges their relationship.

The writing style used in Fault Line is very simplistic which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I personally really liked it because it felt more real when I read from Ben’s point of view. It made it easier to get into his mindset and see things the way he was seeing them happen around him. I will admit that there are a few time changes in the novel that aren’t indicated and weeks will go by in a chapter with no warning. Which did get a bit confusing but it isn’t anything that would deter me from reading this novel.

Fault Line was very dramatic and shocking. There is a huge “Oh my God” factor when we find out what happened to Ani and discover the meaning behind why there is a lighter on the cover of this book. It is a bit disturbing but it’s also gritty and real. It doesn’t trudge lightly on the topic of assault and rape—Fault Line tells it like it is. Desir does not offer anything lightly in the novel, she delivers scenes that give an impact and emphasize the importance of this topic and I admire that a lot from this read.  That being said readers who do read Fault Line should be aware that it appropriately deals with the subject with content that some readers may find offensive.

The ending of Fault Line was so emotional. Not just because it’s shocking and takes you back to where the novel starts—but it also shows that there might not always be a happily ever after in these situations. I personally loved that most about it. I would recommend Fault Line to readers who are looking for a read that appropriately handles this topic, readers who are looking for a novel that gives them some food for thought and readers who want a read that will shock you and give you some insight into the aftermath of assault.

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Top Favs with Christa Desir

You’re home alone, there’s a fire!  Top 3 things you’d grab and save from the fire.

  1. My laptop
  2. My scrapbook of my life (my mom made itJ)
  3. My lockbox of important documents (I know, this is boring & practical, but it has my passport!)

Top 3 Favorite books that inspired you to write and why

  1. Push—I loved this book. I thought it was courageous and fierce and managed to show all of us something about ourselves even if we could not directly relate to that world.
  2. 13 Reasons Why—This remains one of my favorite YA books because it’s so beautifully crafted. The pacing is flawless and the epistolary nature of it completely enraptured me. Plus, it’s an important issue book, which is always appealing for me.
  3. Play It As It Lays—I’m a huge Joan Didion fan and this book is perfect to me. So much is said in the subtext. The raw sparseness of it is completely engaging, but the way that she drops you into Maria’s brain is masterful. I know this book isn’t for everyone, but I was hooked from the very start.

Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why

  1. Write long letters to friends. This helps me get back into the emotional part of writing, which is often the most difficult.
  2. Start a collaboration. I have a great collab partner who will frequently help me jump start my writing by sending me an opening chapter to bounce off of. We don’t always write the book, but it is a cool way to get me going again.
  3. Write at 5am. Nothing online, nothing on TV, nothing to do but write. No excuses.

Top 3 musicians/bands/groups and why

Well, this varies week by week, but here’s my current faves:

  1. Adele—I think her voice is beautiful and I can’t stop listening to her no matter how many times her song comes on.
  2. Pink—I love that Pink exists. I love that she’s badass and ironic and honest and real in her music.
  3. Prince—I don’t even care that Prince is a hundred years old practically. I think he’s a musical genius and Purple Rain is my favorite album of all time.

Top 3 favorite movies of all time and why

  1. Amelie—Quirky, adorable, hopeful, and French. All the best things!
  2. Things Behind The Sun—This movie sort of broke me, but it touched me in a way that few movies ever have. It’s not for the faint of heart as it deals with terrible rape and the fallout on a singer’s life afterwards.
  3. Coming to America—My husband and I quote this movie constantly. To me, it’s sort of comedic genius and Eddie Murphy at his best.

Top 3 favorite movie moments and why

  1. Love Actually—When the guy who loves Keira Knightley holds up the poster that says, “To me, you are perfect.” I’m such a sucker for a great love scene, particularly a broken one.
  2. The Graduate—This film has the best ending of all time, IMO, for movies. It’s bleak and existential and I will never forget it and hope to recreate something like it in my writing one day.
  3. The Usual Suspects—I love the moment that the police officer realizes that the whole Keyzer Soze story was a huge lie. It is one of the best film noir’s I’ve ever seen and that moment was totally worth it.

Top 3 favorite dream destinations and why

  1. Haiti—My husband has a lot of family there that I’d like to meet. I’d like to take my kids to the country that their grandparents were born and lived in.
  2. Alaska—I’d love to go spend a long summer with my collab partner in Alaska. The stories she tells me feel so different.
  3. New Zealand/Australia—I have a lot of friends from here and I’ve heard amazing things. Plus, you’ve seen Lord of the Rings? Who wouldn’t want to go there?  =)

 

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C Desir

I’m a YA author who loves dark contemporary books. My debut novel FAULT LINE comes out from SimonPulse October 1, 2013. My second novel BLEED LIKE ME will be released from SimonPulse in Fall 2014.

I am also a feminist, rape victim activist, and romance novel editor. I live outside of Chicago with my awesome husband and our three small children.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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2 Comments

  1. I go back and forth on whether I want to read this one or not. I think I’m leaning towards yes though! It sounds super intense, but it also seems like it covers rape from a different perspective than what we normally see in ya. I loved the lists in the guest post!! Cool review!
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  2. Matthew MacNish
    10/17/2013

    Awesome. Loved the interview questions especially.
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