Originally Posted at All I Ever Read
I could just leave my review at that and I would have summed up what I felt when reading But I Love Him by Amanda Grace. Told in reverse chronological order But I Love Him chronicles the love story between Ann and Conner that was doomed from the very beginning.
I liked this book because it made me feel for the characters; both of them. It’s so easy when writing a story that chronicles abuse of any kind or the demise of a relationship to create at least one character, usually the abuser, that is just so horrible that the reader hates them. They often come across as having no redeeming qualities and by the end of the book you are waiting and hoping for them to get a dose of their own medicine. By contrast the victim is usually not really someone that readers can identify with, and spend the entire book shaking their heads wondering why they don’t just get out. That is not the case with this book.
In But I Love Him, Amanda Grace introduces two characters you can’t help but feel for. There is Ann who is the All American good girl who everyone loves and appears to be genuinely good person who wants the best for those around her. Conner on the other hand is not so much a bad boy, but a broken boy. He comes from an abusive home himself and seems to want to break the cycle of abuse, but he either doesn’t know or posess the skill set to do so. Ann wants to help Conner and wants him to be better, and it’s over this year that she comes to realization that she can’t save him, but rather she has to save herself.