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The Opposite of Innocent

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  386 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Poignant and chilling by turns, The Opposite of Innocent is award-winning author Sonya Sones’s most gripping novel in verse yet. It’s the story of a girl named Lily, who’s been crushing on a man named Luke, a friend of her parents, ever since she can remember.

Luke has been away for two endless years, but he’s finally returning today. Lily was only twelve when he left. But
ebook, 272 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by HarperTeen
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destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
In The Opposite of Innocent, we follow a story that’s painfully familiar for a lot of people: a girl being groomed by a sexual predator, and that grooming turning into a fully-blown abusive relationship. What sets this book apart, however, is both the fact that it’s a story told in prose, and the fact that our narrator is so incredibly young and naïve; she genuinely has no clue what’s coming until it’s too late.

I’ve always been in love with Luke. For as far back as I can remember.

Right from th
Elise (TheBookishActress)
I’ve always been in love with Luke. For as far back as I can remember.

3 1/2 stars. This is a very sad book in verse about a girl dragged into a relationship with a much, much older man.

Main strength: I found myself unable to look away. Lily’s story is so horrifying and feels strangely real, starting as if it could be an innocent unrequited crush by a 14-year-old and becoming more and more serious as Logan makes his interest clear. It perfectly mirrors the quick progression of events, and th
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it

Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••

ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

Fourteen-year-old Lily has been infatuated with Luke for as long as she can remember. Luke is a friend of her family, who happens to be twice her age. A crush turns into a relationship that Lily cannot handle. Staying means losing herself but leaving means losing everything

Let me start off by saying that I liked the book’s writing style. 1) It felt like I was reading a poem at times and 2)it really suited the storyline. Its a
Tanya Tate
4.5 Stars!
I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
A Proper representation on how I feel right now.
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Samantha (WLABB)
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, arcs, contemporary, ya
She thought the sun rose and set with Luke, and felt like she was living the dream, when Luke finally began to see her as a woman. However, Lily soon learned how Luke was a wolf in sheep's clothing.

• Pro: It amazed me how Sones could write about something so ugly in such a beautiful way.

• Pro: This was a pretty emotional read. The story was told in such a way, that I felt my heart breaking piece by piece with each bit of innocence Luke stole from Lily.

• Pro: Lily broke my heart. She was a youn
Victoria Lee
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to get my hands on an ARC of this book on Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I don't usually go for novels in verse, but this was gorgeous, and so immersive, and I was immediately swept away by Lily's emotions. The slow shift of her feelings toward Luke, and the dawning clarity of Luke's true nature, was masterfully done. I'm a survivor, and in some ways this was hard to read because of just how well it reflected my own experiences back to me...but Sones handled the subject
Beth Rodgers
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'The Opposite of Innocent' is yet another fantastic novel-in-verse by the illustrious Sonya Sones. The story will draw readers in and not let go, making them wish for what they want to happen but know may only be a desperate wish. It will haunt readers well past the last page, eager to know just what happened to Lily and how she will tear herself away from an undeniably horrific situation.

The story starts off pleasantly enough, with Lily crushing on an older man - her dad's best friend who is fi
Aya Serry
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a beautiful,painful and very difficult ‘at some points’ to read book! And the authors note is one of the best i’ve ever read.
BookChic Club
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was excited to see a new Sonya Sones book available on Edelweiss, as I didn't know she had one coming out. I downloaded it and read it over the course of two days. As usual, the book was in verse so it's a pretty quick read, but it was a really powerful one. Sones told Lily's story so poignantly and so realistically- where Lily's crush on Luke becomes more than just a crush and what that new attention does to her over time. I got sucked in to her story and felt so badly for her as things with ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
"I wish I could just tell them the truth/ but they'd go bonkers if they knew/ how old Luke really is."

Books about pedo's are always hard to read but this one left me feeling unsatisfied with its lack of a concrete ending.

Plot I'm 100% certain this plot has been done in at least 78 Lifetime movies. It's not overly graphic, but the story is pretty much laid out in the summary. Girl 'dates' 30yo man. There was definitely a lack of tension that made this a rather tame read. You know where it'
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
If you are looking for a quick, dark, taboo contemporary I would suggest trying this one out. It is told in verse and is very readable; I finished it in like 2 hours. It will def. make you uncomfortable, but I think that the author wants you to. It is interesting to see how their relationship progresses/how this can happen to someone. I do feel like it rushes a bit and certain things could be expanded more. Lilly definitely came to certain decisions and choices rather fast to me. Nevertheless, i ...more
Alyson Kent
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Based off an ARC the library where I work received.

This is one of those books where I’m left with mixed feelings and a low, queasy feeling in my stomach. The subject matter is horrific and heartbreaking. I want to bundle Lily up and drag her to the best therapist there is (after ensuring that Luke’s body will never be found).

This is the type of book that I know I’ll be thinking/talking about for a long, long time.
CW: This review will talk about sexual assault, pedophilia, and rape

Sonya Sones is one of the queen’s of contemporary, hard-hitting YA. I remember staying up late in middle school to read her books. The topics seemed so forbidden and unlike anything I had ever read before. Her latest book tackles another tough, but sadly realistic, topic that teens face–sexual predators and abusive relationships.

The most striking part of the book is how young and innocent Lily’s voice is. She’s a 14 year old who
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
First sentence:

The Friend of the Family
I've always been in love with Luke.
For as far back
as I can remember.
I used to climb into his lap,
throw my arms around his neck,
and tell him I was gonna marry him
when I grew up.
And Luke would smile down at me
and say,
"I'll wait for you, Lily. I promise."

Premise/plot: The Opposite of Innocent is a verse novel for young adults. I hesitate to add for young adults--though perhaps not for the reason you might suspect. (I'll address this in 'my thoughts
Maxine Livingstone
Practically in tears this book is told in verse of a young high school freshman in love with her father bestfriend. Of course this was just a little girls crush. However, things turn for the worse when the relatonship escalates. Of course the fact that a grown man who is 29 pursues a romantic relationship with a 14 year old is against the law. He is a pedophile. My heart broke when Lily is coerced into having sex with him. All I wanted to do was cry for her. This may be fiction but this sort of ...more
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, ya
Reading this as an adult, there's a terrible sense of creeping doom as Lily slips further under Luke's influence. That could be triggering for some readers, but it also does make this, as the cover blurb from Gayle Foreman says, a great #MeToo introduction for teen readers with adult guidance. Who Lily eventually goes to for help also feels more realistic to me than the norm in this sort of book, and I think the decision to end where it does is a good one.

Lily isn't a fool. Neither are her frien
Patti Wlliams
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a YA book told in verse. I enjoy this kind of book because I think it gets right to the emotions of the story. The story in The Opposite of Innocent is sadly so true. It does an excellent job of describing how victims are groomed by their predator, sometimes for years. It also shows how easily victims get trapped by their predators machinations. This book made me uncomfortable, but it is supposed to. It also handles the sexual abuse in such a way that it isn't graphic, but it is still em ...more
Lisa Fipps
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books
Sonya Sones hits every note of a sexual abuse survivor's story, capturing what a predator does, so subtly at first and so boldly later, and how the prey feels each step of the way. As a survivor, I finish this book and begin this review by wiping away tears, tears because I know this book will be the end and the beginning for so many teens. The end of feeling they're alone with "the secret." The end of knotted, sour stomachs, and difficulty sleeping. The end to a zombie life hidden behind fake s ...more
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Wasn't a fan of the ending. Thanks Edelweiss for the ARC.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So heartbreaking and tense. I feel like I need a shower 😦
Amie Newberry
Hmmm...writing felt like it came from the pen of a teenager—which I suppose could be a good thing considering it’s a YA book. It still felt predictable and a little gross. I can’t recommend it, even with the redeeming pitch at the end to help abused teens.
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
ARC Copy.
**Actual rating: 4.5 stars**

OK, wow. I expected this book to be intense, but I didn't anticipate how quickly I would get addicted. Or how scared it would make me feel. Lily was a wonderfully crafted character and I instantly wanted to protect her.

This was a fantastic verse novel, too realistic and so heartbreaking, but ultimately optimistic, and I highly recommend you check it out.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm conflicted. On one end I totally despised the writing style. I was so excited to read this book due to the fact that I like taboo books, but the writing and execution totally blew it for me. Although it was quick, it was not very good.

Now, the message behind this book is so important. It is so important to have young adult books that cover this topic. It was done in a really raw manner where you can see the character actually blaming herself for what is happening, which is not okay.

The boo
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Received advanced reader copy from publisher via Baker & Taylor book supplier

Luke is finally returning after two long years away. Lily was only twelve when he left but now, at fourteen, she cannot wait for him to see the new and improved young lady. When Lily’s parents announce that Luke will be staying with them for awhile, Lily’s heart soars. And when he kisses her? It cannot get any better … can it?

The eloquent and lyrical verse of this novel will pull you in, make you queasy, and then t
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sonya Sones remains the queen of teen. She is the rare author whose verse evokes the imagery and emotion of prose.
Sarah Levine
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up from a box of ARCs from HarperCollins, flipped through it and got hooked. I read it in two hours, I just couldn’t stop.

There’s something about the sparsity of verse that really makes you feel Lily’s devastation as her relationship with Luke goes from romantic daydream to traumatizing reality. I wanted to reach into the pages and hold her and tell her none of it was her fault.

All of the characters felt wonderfully, achingly real.

My only complaint is that I wish the ending f
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Edelweiss for a digital copy of this book.

I usually don't like books in verse but this was really good even with the abrupt ending.
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SONYA SONES has written seven young adult novels in verse: Stop Pretending, What My Mother Doesn’t Know, What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know, One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies, To Be Perfectly Honest, Saving Red, and The Opposite of Innocent.

Her books have received many awards, including a Christopher Award, the Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Poetry, the Claudia Lewis Poetry Award, a L