Keir Sarafian is a good guy. He’s a talented football player with a lot of friends and a scholarship to a good school and would never do anything to hurt the girl he loves. Everybody he knows thinks he’s a pretty nice guy. At least that what he tells himself. Keir things that Gigi Boudakian is the love of his life. He finds her smart and beautiful, if not slightly unattainable and is thrilled to find himself in her good graces after a graduation party. What Keir finds to be an act of love, Gigi finds to be an act of violence and Keir just doesn’t understand. After another unfortunate event that leaves Keir’s nice guy image hanging in the balance he is shocked to be back in a situation that might put him in an unfavorable light. Not because he really cares what others might think, but because he knows in his heart everything was done out of a feeling of love. How can two people view a single event so differently?
I didn’t love this book. It’s not that it wasn’t well written, because I did enjoy the format with the flashbacks and found the writing to be pretty solid. What really turned me off was Keir as the lead character. I found him to be really dense and not all that bright. He thinks he’s this great guy who treats everybody with respect, but the events in his past don’t really add up to him being Mr. Perfect. He’s not even the big, talented football player he makes himself out to be. He only received scholarship offers after he makes a big hit playing a position he won’t be playing in college anyway. Keir is pretty dense in the ways of the world as well. He talks about having this supportive, loving family, but even they aren’t there for him throughout the book. It comes as no big surprise to the reader that his sisters have blown him off for graduation, but Keir is dumfounded and can’t believe it has happened. The worst part about Keir is his obsession with Gigi. From the start of the book he’s head over heels for her, but she doesn’t give him the time of day. He tries and tries to get close to her, but her reactions until the very end are lukewarm at best. Gigi gives Keir absolutely no reason to think that spending one good evening together after graduation might lead her to want to sleep with him. I mean, she’s had a boyfriend that she talks about all of the time for the entire book! The idea that he could think the sex between them was mutually warranted is ridiculous. I ended up having no compassion for Keir and am bummed out at how stupid he acted. Nothing in the book led me to believe he was all that nice of a guy to begin with, and his aggressive behavior with Gigi was unforgivable. Keir is incapable of owning up to his own actions for the entire book, and the last scene is no different. After he assaults Gigi he simply lays down on the bed and waits for someone to come get him. I do have to say that the title of the book sums of Keir’s actions pretty well. He has a short list of things in his life that he finds inexcusable, like the people you love letting you down, but what is really inexcusable is the way Keir rolls through life clueless and expecting things to work out simply because he sees himself as good.