Made For You by Melissa Marr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First off, Melissa Marr is an excellent writer.
Second, if you don't like HORROR, don't read this book.
What's the difference between horror, suspense, and mystery? The main difference is that "horror" shows the violent act as it happens, causing a visceral reaction in the reader. For more information on the difference between these types of stories, you can read a post I wrote: http://www.margokelly.net/2012/04/is-...
There used to be an unwritten rule that when an author created a story for the young adult audience, the point of view of the evil villain was not shown in graphic detail. This is changing. MADE FOR YOU is NOT the first YA book I've read that shows the evil antagonist's view point. Personally, I find it a bit disturbing to read the murderous thoughts of a seventeen-year-old boy. But I suppose in today's world, it's more common to have teenagers who commit violent crimes. And that's even more disturbing. I do wonder what the statistics are concerning violent crimes today versus decades ago. It also makes me wonder if reading about it influences the thinking of young adults ... but then that's related to the old argument of whether or not playing violent video games makes boys go out and shoot people.
MADE FOR YOU is a story told from three points of view: 1) the main character, Ava 2) her best friend, Grace and 3) the killer. Since I listened to this as an audio book, I was glad that the producers had three different skilled actors read the different points of view. That helped me keep it straight in my mind who was speaking.
The audio book was well done. And I enjoyed the story when told from Ava's and Grace's points of view. I cringed during the killer's chapters.
This book not only contains graphic violence, but it also contains sex and the f-word, which all together would probably give it an R rating. So keep that in mind before picking it, thinking it's a light-weight YA book ... because it is not. It is however, very well written.
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