Believe by Erin McCarthy

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Carrying on the storylines of the romantic relationships between members of Tyler’s family and the college roommates,this is the story of Robin and Phoenix.
Robin has retreated into herself and become a mere shadow of the fun loving party girl she used to be. Her clothes are drab, loose and conservative instead of tight, bright and flashy. She has stopped taking care of her appearance. She seems to be suffering from some sort of depression linked to an incident a few months ago.
That incident was one that offered up quite a quandary of reactions and complications.
So you wake up in the bed of a very good friends boyfriend and the two of you have quite obviously had sex. You have no recollection of the previous night, in fact Robin specifically says the phrase black-out when describing the night. Instead of mutual appreciation or an afterglow, which would be the case if the night had been consensual, the female participant awakens feeling repulsed.
I know what I was thinking when I read it but somehow the all too convenient scenario was never questioned.
Instead the morality and legality of having intercourse with someone who is so drunk or physically impaired that they can’t give consent or wouldn’t give consent under normal circumstances, is presented to both the characters and readers.
I was really disappointed at the amount of victim blaming being thrown at the girl by so-called friends.
Unfortunately this is usually what happens in a real life scenario. Always blame the abused and never the abuser.
The relationship between Phoenix and Robin is built on the dysfunctional aftermath of his upbringing and her present issues. Not exactly a recipe for success, and yet they both connect and find comfort with each other.
The secret Robin has been keeping implodes in the circle of close knit friends. It creates a series of events that might just be irreversible.
This is a stronger book by McCarthy with issues that question the reactions of society in relation to certain controversial topics. I thought it lacked an acknowledgement of guilt when it came to Nathan and perhaps a reluctance to call it what it actually was.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.

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