She's Got You High // Mumm-ra

I read quite a few books this past 2 months, despite being stressed. 
The poly-bot is really not liking what I have to say in my review :/ I don't know which is the bad word.

This book is about Ellie Parker, who comes from a privileged background and Mikey McKenzie who comes from a working class background. They have a complicated relationship. Ellie’s brother is accused of r*ping Mikey’s sister. Family loyalty is put to the test. Mikey wants to protect his sister and punish the person who r*ped her, whilst Ellie on the other hand wants to believe her brother’s innocence. Who’s telling the truth and who’s lying?

“It was strange how words meant something when they came out of your mouth. Inside your head they were safe and silent, but once they were outside, people grabbed hold of them.”

The issue of r*pe is portrayed well and as a reader you emphasize with Karyn who is the victim of the story. She feels ashamed and humiliated on what happened that night at the party and can’t face going to school to take her exams or see her friends. It’s heartbreaking for Mikey and his family to see Karyn unable to face the world and becomes very fragile. I think that it’s so easy to misinterpret the fact that if a girl dresses in a short skirt and a revealing top, she’s asking for it – that’s IF she agrees, but not if she’s too drunk to give consent. 

Ellie is put in a really difficult position because she begins to have flashbacks from the night of the party. She begins to question whether her brother really did it and she is the only one who could really save her brother. Ellie lied to the police, saying she didn’t see anything, when in fact she did. She wanted to believe a lie that he didn’t do it but slowly the real truth catches up to her. Now she’s looking at the situation in a completely new perspective. Should she stay loyal or betray her brother?

I liked Mikey in the story, I thought he was took care of his family the best that he could as being the oldest, despite having an alcoholic mother and struggling to keep hold of his job at the pub. He enjoys cooking and wants to be a chef in the near future. In the beginning of the story, I don’t think Mikey knows how to treat a girl well because he enjoyed getting off. That is until he meets Ellie. 

Mikey and Ellie played each other at their own game. Mikey’s intention was to get to know Ellie, so he can get information out of her to help Karyn because she doesn’t realize that he is actually Karyn’s brother. Later on Ellie found out who he really was and did the same thing Mikey did. However this backfired when Mikey fights into a fight with Tom. 

I think there’s a really nice relationship developing between the two main characters, with the scenes of them going on walks by the river, going for a swim in the cold river and getting to know each other despite the burdens of their family problems. But my problem is that I felt like it moved on a little too quick because in reality I don’t think their relationship wouldn’t have progressed that quickly. Trust takes time and with more character development within their relationship, it would have worked. 

There isn’t backbone history of why Mikey’s mum is an alcoholic. It doesn’t tell us what caused her to be an alcoholic and why she is like this, craving a drink and being unable to take Holly to school. We’re not told why Ellie’s dad is so harsh on her and why Tom is the golden boy. In the story, her dad doesn’t show that he even cares whether Tom did it or not, he just wants his son out of jail, by getting a top barrister to prove that Ellie is lying when she doesn’t become a witness anymore. 

I was really looking forward to reading about the court case scene to see whether Tom will go down guilty as charged or will be let off? But this scene wasn’t written and I was really disappointed because I was anticipating on reading it! The author left me in the dark with this cliffhanger and now I’ll never know. The author did a good job of creating the tension throughout the story because I couldn’t put it down, but she never wrote the court scene in the end. I hate it when authors tease readers. 


Mumm-ra – She’s got you high
The White Stripes – Fell in love with a girl
Coldplay – Don’t panic 
Daughter – Love 
Seasfire – Falling 
Smashing Pumpkins – Disarm 

It is a 3.5/5 
I actually did enjoy reading this book. It’s been a good while since I’ve said I have liked a book. It could have been a 4 rating but for what I explained above – there are a lot of gaps missing and there should be more character development. I think the story could have been darker with more drama because of a strong topic relating to r*pe. I don’t think this is a story about love; it’s about family loyalty. 

Bottom line: I do recommend. It was better than the last book I read.

Thank you @polyvore for Top Sets on 28th June 2012 :)

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