Release Date: October 15, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Ben could date anyone he wants, but he only has eyes for the new girl — sarcastic free-spirit, Ani. Luckily for Ben, Ani wants him too. She’s everything Ben could ever imagine. Everything he could ever want.
But that all changes after the party. The one Ben misses. The one Ani goes to alone. Now Ani isn’t the girl she used to be, and Ben can’t sort out the truth from the lies. What really happened, and who is to blame?
Ben wants to help her, but she refuses to be helped. The more she pushes Ben away, the more he wonders if there’s anything he can do to save the girl he loves.
Fault Line was a book I really wanted to like. It deals with several deep issues that I feel strong about, I just don't feel that the story was given enough room to develop.
First of all, characterization in the story was severely lacking. I read a very brief introduction of the characters, which included really nothing to make me invest myself in them or sympathize from the story. The initial relationship between Ani and Ben seemed very rushed, like instead of showing you how the relationship developed, the author just skipped it and then told you about it. Like bam, here we are a month later, and oh yeah, these two characters have been dating, had sex, and are now saying I love you. I didn't buy into it because I wasn't there for it...and further, I wasn't there to really understand who they were. So when the "big event" finally occurred, aside from feeling bad for Ani like I would anyone who went through such a thing, I just couldn't connect with her in that moment.
I think the story could have really grabbed me emotionally, but after the event, I hated where Ani took things in her mind and actions. It seemed an extreme reaction for her to have, and extreme actions for her to take, considering that she doesn't even remember what happened. If she'd remembered everything, I would have understood a lot better how the event could have tortured her so to where it pushed her into doing some of the things that she does.
Although I didn't feel connected to Ben much either, I did feel bad for him doing everything he could to help her. However, I didn't really understand why he stayed with her so long after she was doing some of the things she was doing. At some point, you have to realize you've given all you can to someone, and if that they've reached a point where you can't help them and that someone else needed to. I think he should have reached that point much sooner.
Please understand I am not, in any way, making light of or diminishing the impact of such an event on a person, but the way these characters dealt with it just turned me off. I just couldn't emotionally invest in the story or in them.