Bad Romance

Bad Romance

4.03 (4,603 ratings by Goodreads)
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4.03 (4,603 ratings by Goodreads)

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Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big-city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director - anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it's too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she's unable to escape.

Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness - and emerging into the light again.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 136 x 210 x 26mm | 318g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 125015877X
  • 9781250158772
  • 407,807

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Praise for Bad Romance:

"Like Speak, it is one of those rare books that can have a real, lasting impact on readers, and can start important conversations." --Adi Alsaid, author of Let's Get Lost and Never Always Sometimes

"A raw, honest, unrelenting novel. Demetrios writes with heartbreaking clarity about the way first love can turn from safe to dangerous, from beautiful to ugly. Brave, bold, and deeply felt." --Corey Ann Haydu, author of OCD Love Story and The Careful Undressing of Love

"[A]n intense reflection on abusive relationships." --Publishers Weekly

"A realistic, worthwhile look at dating violence." --Kirkus Reviews

Through Grace's lively, engaging voice, readers gain a vivid picture of the way a smart, self-assured girl can fall into an abusive relationship . . . . Demetrios' well-drawn characters are tremendously appealing, and Grace's discovery of the power of her own strength will make readers cheer. --Booklist
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About Heather Demetrios

Heather Demetrios is the author of the critically acclaimed YA novels Something Real and I'll Meet You There. She is the founder of Live Your What, an organisation that creates writing opportunities for teens of limited economic means. Visit her online at
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4.03 out of 5 stars
- 4,603 ratings
5 37% (1,685)
4 39% (1,773)
3 18% (820)
2 5% (232)
1 2% (93)
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