After Gigi Boudakian accuses him of rape, Keir struggles to reset his life in college, still certain he’s done nothing wrong.
Keir waits for someone to come for him immediately after the date rape that ended Lynch’s Inexcusable (2005). His former friend Carl arrives to give him the beating of a lifetime—word of what Keir has done travels fast. Keir’s father, Ray, takes him home to recover. Keir is done with his hometown, done with the idea of attending Norfolk, where the white football player had committed but is sure to be infamous by now. He decides on the chance at anonymity at Carnegie, across the country. There, he’s haunted by Gigi in his dreams. A former football teammate surprises him with his presence—and his animosity. The best parts of his new life are his friendly roommate and a thrilling new girl. For all the opportunities Keir gets, his inability to empathize with other people keeps him from succeeding. And he has to confront what he left behind sooner rather than later. As an unreliable narrator with a disturbing sense of entitlement and lack of self-awareness, Keir will have readers dying for justice or radical growth. But his shift in perspective is too little and comes too late. Those who found the previous chapter of Keir’s story fascinating will find little new territory to explore here.
An exhausting run with a protagonist seemingly incapable of growth. (Fiction. 12-17)