The accused date rapist from the “finely crafted and thought-provoking” (School Library Journal) National Book Award Finalist, Inexcusable, must confront the kind of person he really is and come to terms with his past actions, in this stunning sequel from Printz Honor–winning author Chris Lynch.
Keir Sarafian insists he did nothing wrong. But no one will believe that he’s the good guy he knows he is—no one except his father, Ray. And Ray is just the person Keir has to get away from in order to have the fresh start he deserves.
Now at Carnegie College, Keir’s life isn’t what he thought it would be. Two soccer players are poised to take his spot as kicker. Ray keeps calling, and Joyce, his guiding light on campus, seems to be avoiding him. When tragedy strikes, will Keir finally be able to confront his past actions and realize his potential?
Lynch returns to the story of Keir Sarafian, the newly graduated high school football star who was accused of date rape in 2005's Inexcusable. Though Keir maintains that he is not a rapist, he abandons his hometown and post-graduation plans, moving across the country to attend a small college. He leaves behind his sisters, who look at him with disdain, and his father, one of the only people who believes he is innocent. Keir's flight is largely instigated by his self-serving belief that people on the nearby college campus are "planning to make trouble for . Because they tended to make certain types of transgressions which I didn't even do, but that didn't matter into their own crusades." Even with Keir's attempts to start fresh, his past soon resurfaces. Though this premise has promise, Lynch's attempts to add depth to the events in Inexcusable fall short. Keir's growth is minimal, and many plot devices, including the death of someone close to Keir, are jarring and forced. With little character growth and a meandering plot, this sequel misfires. Ages 12 up.