The Opposite of Innocent

The Opposite of Innocent

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 Poignant and chilling by turns, The Opposite of Innocent is award-winning author Sonya Sones?s most gripping...

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Title:The Opposite of Innocent
Author:Sonya Sones
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:0062370332
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

The Opposite of Innocent Reviews

  • Becky
    Sep 25, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

    RATING: 3/5 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....

    4.5 Stars! I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Proper representation on how I feel right now. RTC ...

    woah ...

    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 beauti...

    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 th...

    '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...

    3.5 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. ...

    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 s...

    "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 ...

    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 relat...

    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 ...

    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 la...

    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,...

  • Amie Newberry
    Nov 10, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

    RATING: 3/5 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....

    4.5 Stars! I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Proper representation on how I feel right now. RTC ...

    woah ...

    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 beauti...

    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 th...

    '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...

    3.5 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. ...

    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 s...

    "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 ...

    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 relat...

    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 ...

    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 la...

    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,...

    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 r...

    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 g...

    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 ...

    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 b...

    Wasn't a fan of the ending. Thanks Edelweiss for the ARC. ...

    So heartbreaking and tense. I feel like I need a shower ? ...

    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. ...

  • BookChic Club
    Jun 04, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

    RATING: 3/5 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....

    4.5 Stars! I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Proper representation on how I feel right now. RTC ...

    woah ...

    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 beauti...

    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 th...

    '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...

    3.5 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. ...

    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 s...

  • Patti Wlliams
    Nov 09, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

    RATING: 3/5 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....

    4.5 Stars! I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Proper representation on how I feel right now. RTC ...

    woah ...

    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 beauti...

    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 th...

    '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...

    3.5 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. ...

    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 s...

    "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 ...

    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 relat...

    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 ...

    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 la...

    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,...

    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 r...

    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 g...

    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 ...

  • Jennifer
    Jul 27, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

    RATING: 3/5 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....

    4.5 Stars! I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Proper representation on how I feel right now. RTC ...

    woah ...

    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 beauti...

    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 th...

    '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...

    3.5 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. ...

    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 s...

    "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 ...

    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 relat...

    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 ...

    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 la...

    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,...

    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 r...

    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 g...

    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 ...

    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 b...

    Wasn't a fan of the ending. Thanks Edelweiss for the ARC. ...

    So heartbreaking and tense. I feel like I need a shower ? ...

    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. ...

    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 nov...

    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 im...

    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 annou...

  • Beth Rodgers
    Aug 03, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

    RATING: 3/5 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....

    4.5 Stars! I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Proper representation on how I feel right now. RTC ...

    woah ...

    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 beauti...

    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 th...

    '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...

  • Lindsay
    Jul 12, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

    RATING: 3/5 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....

    4.5 Stars! I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Proper representation on how I feel right now. RTC ...

    woah ...

    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 beauti...

    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 th...

    '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...

    3.5 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. ...

    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 s...

    "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 ...

    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 relat...

    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 ...

    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 la...

    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,...

    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 r...

    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 g...

    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 ...

    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 b...

    Wasn't a fan of the ending. Thanks Edelweiss for the ARC. ...

  • Alyson Kent
    Jun 13, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

    RATING: 3/5 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....

    4.5 Stars! I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Proper representation on how I feel right now. RTC ...

    woah ...

    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 beauti...

    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 th...

    '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...

    3.5 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. ...

    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 s...

    "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 ...

    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 relat...

    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 ...

  • Aya Serry
    Sep 30, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

    RATING: 3/5 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....

    4.5 Stars! I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Proper representation on how I feel right now. RTC ...

    woah ...

    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 beauti...

    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 th...

    '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...

    3.5 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. ...

  • emily
    Aug 13, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

    RATING: 3/5 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....

    4.5 Stars! I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Proper representation on how I feel right now. RTC ...

    woah ...

  • Jaclyn
    Sep 08, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

    RATING: 3/5 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....

    4.5 Stars! I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Proper representation on how I feel right now. RTC ...

    woah ...

    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 beauti...

    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 th...

    '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...

    3.5 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. ...

    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 s...

    "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 ...

    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 relat...

  • Lisa Fipps
    Sep 06, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

    RATING: 3/5 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....

    4.5 Stars! I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Proper representation on how I feel right now. RTC ...

    woah ...

    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 beauti...

    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 th...

    '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...

    3.5 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. ...

    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 s...

    "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 ...

    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 relat...

    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 ...

    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 la...

    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,...

    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 r...

    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 g...

    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 ...

    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 b...

  • Melissa
    Apr 13, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

    RATING: 3/5 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....

    4.5 Stars! I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Proper representation on how I feel right now. RTC ...

    woah ...

    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 beauti...

    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 th...

    '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...

    3.5 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. ...

    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 s...

    "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 ...

    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 relat...

    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 ...

    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 la...

    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,...

    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 r...

    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 g...

    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 ...

    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 b...

    Wasn't a fan of the ending. Thanks Edelweiss for the ARC. ...

    So heartbreaking and tense. I feel like I need a shower ? ...

    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. ...

    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 nov...

  • Tina
    Oct 01, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

    RATING: 3/5 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....

    4.5 Stars! I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Proper representation on how I feel right now. RTC ...

    woah ...

    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 beauti...

    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 th...

    '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...

    3.5 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. ...

    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 s...

    "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 ...

    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 relat...

    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 ...

    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 la...

    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,...

    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 r...

    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 g...

    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 ...

    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 b...

    Wasn't a fan of the ending. Thanks Edelweiss for the ARC. ...

    So heartbreaking and tense. I feel like I need a shower ? ...

  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
    Jul 29, 2018

    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...

  • Sarah Levine
    Apr 05, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

    RATING: 3/5 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....

    4.5 Stars! I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Proper representation on how I feel right now. RTC ...

    woah ...

    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 beauti...

    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 th...

    '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...

    3.5 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. ...

    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 s...

    "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 ...

    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 relat...

    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 ...

    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 la...

    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,...

    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 r...

    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 g...

    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 ...

    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 b...

    Wasn't a fan of the ending. Thanks Edelweiss for the ARC. ...

    So heartbreaking and tense. I feel like I need a shower ? ...

    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. ...

    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 nov...

    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 im...

    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 annou...

    Sonya Sones remains the queen of teen. She is the rare author whose verse evokes the imagery and emotion of prose. ...

    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 rom...

  • Darryn
    Jul 27, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

    RATING: 3/5 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....

    4.5 Stars! I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Proper representation on how I feel right now. RTC ...

    woah ...

    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 beauti...

    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 th...

    '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...

    3.5 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. ...

    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 s...

    "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 ...

    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 relat...

    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 ...

    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 la...

    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,...

    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 r...

    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 g...

    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 ...

    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 b...

    Wasn't a fan of the ending. Thanks Edelweiss for the ARC. ...

    So heartbreaking and tense. I feel like I need a shower ? ...

    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. ...

    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 nov...

    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 im...

    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 annou...

    Sonya Sones remains the queen of teen. She is the rare author whose verse evokes the imagery and emotion of prose. ...

    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 rom...

    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. ...

  • Riley
    Sep 19, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Aug 20, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

    RATING: 3/5 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....

    4.5 Stars! I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Proper representation on how I feel right now. RTC ...

    woah ...

    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 beauti...

  • Hallie
    Aug 31, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

    RATING: 3/5 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....

    4.5 Stars! I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Proper representation on how I feel right now. RTC ...

    woah ...

    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 beauti...

    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 th...

    '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...

    3.5 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. ...

    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 s...

    "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 ...

    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 relat...

    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 ...

    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 la...

  • Maxine Livingstone
    Nov 28, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

    RATING: 3/5 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....

    4.5 Stars! I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Proper representation on how I feel right now. RTC ...

    woah ...

    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 beauti...

    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 th...

    '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...

    3.5 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. ...

    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 s...

    "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 ...

    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 relat...

    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 ...

    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 la...

    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,...

    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 r...

  • Rebekah
    Aug 11, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

    RATING: 3/5 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....

    4.5 Stars! I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Proper representation on how I feel right now. RTC ...

    woah ...

    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 beauti...

    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 th...

    '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...

    3.5 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. ...

    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 s...

    "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 ...

    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 relat...

    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 ...

    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 la...

    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,...

    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 r...

    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 g...

    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 ...

    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 b...

    Wasn't a fan of the ending. Thanks Edelweiss for the ARC. ...

    So heartbreaking and tense. I feel like I need a shower ? ...

    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. ...

    ARC Copy. ...

  • H
    Sep 09, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

    RATING: 3/5 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....

    4.5 Stars! I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Proper representation on how I feel right now. RTC ...

    woah ...

    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 beauti...

    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 th...

    '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...

    3.5 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. ...

    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 s...

    "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 ...

    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 relat...

    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 ...

    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 la...

    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,...

    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 r...

    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 g...

    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 ...

    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 b...

    Wasn't a fan of the ending. Thanks Edelweiss for the ARC. ...

    So heartbreaking and tense. I feel like I need a shower ? ...

    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. ...

    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 nov...

    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 im...

    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 annou...

    Sonya Sones remains the queen of teen. She is the rare author whose verse evokes the imagery and emotion of prose. ...

  • Rebecca
    Sep 29, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

    RATING: 3/5 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....

    4.5 Stars! I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Proper representation on how I feel right now. RTC ...

    woah ...

    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 beauti...

    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 th...

    '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...

    3.5 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. ...

    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 s...

    "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 ...

    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 relat...

    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 ...

    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 la...

    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,...

    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 r...

    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 g...

  • Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
    Aug 14, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

    RATING: 3/5 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....

  • Tanya Tate
    Apr 20, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

    RATING: 3/5 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....

    4.5 Stars! I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Proper representation on how I feel right now. RTC ...

  • sema
    Sep 24, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

    RATING: 3/5 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....

    4.5 Stars! I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Proper representation on how I feel right now. RTC ...

    woah ...

    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 beauti...

    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 th...

    '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...

    3.5 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. ...

    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 s...

    "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 ...

    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 relat...

    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 ...

    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 la...

    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,...

    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 r...

    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 g...

    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 ...

    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 b...

    Wasn't a fan of the ending. Thanks Edelweiss for the ARC. ...

    So heartbreaking and tense. I feel like I need a shower ? ...

    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. ...

    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 nov...

    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 im...

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Aug 17, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

  • Jeweliana
    Sep 16, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

    RATING: 3/5 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....

    4.5 Stars! I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Proper representation on how I feel right now. RTC ...

    woah ...

    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 beauti...

    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 th...

    '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...

    3.5 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. ...

    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 s...

    "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 ...

  • Victoria Lee
    Apr 24, 2018

    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...

    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 f...

    4.5 ...

    RATING: 3/5 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....

    4.5 Stars! I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A Proper representation on how I feel right now. RTC ...

    woah ...

    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 beauti...

    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 th...