About the Book
Mason Vance is the guy everybody wants to be, and he knows it. He’s the best high school quarterback in New York, a shoo-in for a football scholarship at any school he chooses, and he’s expected to land in the NFL one day. That is, until a broken wrist leaves him fearing whether he’ll ever play again.
In an attempt to save his damaged ego, Mason sets his sights on Lace. She’s no cheerleader or homecoming queen like his usual type. She’s too wrapped in her own misery to care about him or his pickup lines. Even though she tries to shut him out, she’s surprised to find he’s there for her when no one else is. Slowly, she lets him into the sad workings of her mind and less-than-perfect life. That’s why neither of them sees his huge mistake coming—one that instantly fractures everything between them.
Will Mason be able to confront the ugliest side of himself, and in the process see who he’s capable of becoming, or will he fall back into the life he knew before Lace and his injury?
Ok, this is going to be either a book you find really interesting or a book you instantly hate. It deals a LOT with toxic masculinity and the question on if someone can grow from that. Which is very a decisive topic by nature. And the book is very honest and real in its approach to this topic. You will feel peeved out and gross reading about how these boys think about and treat women. And you are definitely not meant to feel comfortable when reading it.
I know that a lot of people are going to hate the way this book was written and claim that it glorifies toxic masculinity, but I actually appreciated it. I find that a lot of times we want to talk about how horrible certain things are in our culture, but then we don’t really want to actually broach the topic and bare it all. In a way we like to skirt the problem when trying to deal with it. So sometimes I want to see/read something raw and “gross” with characters that I might not necessarily love. Because that’s how people are. They are capable of and do truly vile things, so I think that it’s important to show this amidst all of the amazing things people are also capable of. But then again, maybe that’s just my naturally pessimistic anti-social attitude showing.
This book uses the term ugly in the synopsis to describe Mason’s personality and I think thats the perfect descriptor. He isn’t the type of person you would aspire to be. But we still get a glimpse into his life and at a potential chance for him to change and make up for his past. But at the same time you are left questioning whether he is really changing and if he even deserves it. Which in a sense can bring out our own ugly side of judgement.
About the Author
Shay Siegel is from Long Island, New York. She is a Tulane University graduate with a B.A. in English, and former member of the women’s tennis team. She has an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Shay currently lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her boyfriend, Pat, and their giant-headed rescue dog, Bernie.
*I received an arc in exchange for an honest review*