What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler *Spoiler Free* Review




Fiction, Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary


Goodreads blurb

“Critically acclaimed memoirist Aaron Hartzler, author of Rapture Practice, takes an unflinching look at what happens to a small town when some of its residents commit a terrible crime. This honest, authentic debut novel—inspired by the events in the Steubenville rape case—will resonate with readers who’ve ever walked that razor-thin line between guilt and innocence that so often gets blurred, one hundred and forty characters at a time.

The party at John Doone’s last Saturday night is a bit of a blur. Kate Weston can piece together most of the details: Stacey Stallard handing her shots, Ben Cody taking her keys and getting her home early. . . . But when a picture of Stacey passed out over Deacon Mills’s shoulder appears online the next morning, Kate suspects she doesn’t have all the details. When Stacey levels charges against four of Kate’s classmates, the whole town erupts into controversy. Facts that can’t be ignored begin to surface, and every answer Kate finds leads back to the same questions: Who witnessed what happened to Stacey? And what responsibility do they have to speak up about what they saw?

National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti calls What We Saw “a smart, sensitive, and gripping story about the courage it takes to do what’s right.””



I will only talk about the main character and that is Kate. Kate is an average girl who plays soccer in her high school team. At the beginning of the book is spoken of a party, she has been there. She only left earlier because she was too drunk to bring herself home.

Throughout the book you flow Kate as she tries to find out what happened the evening of the party and what the truth is. She seems in my opinion to be the only one who actually thinks about the wellbeing of Stacey.



The beginning in the book is used to scratch out the situation a bit, what Kate had experienced and what she finds out the days after that. And for me the moment that was announced that there has been pressed charges against four boys of her school, the story takes off and gets interesting and fast paced.



The ending was very fast paced and some part of it I predicted. I read the last 70 or so pages in one sitting and my heart raced while reading it. The ending of the book was great, I really felt with the main character throughout the story.



The whole happening sort of punched me in my guts. There is no sugar coating in this story, and in my opinion it shouldn’t because the topic it talks about. The way social media is used in this story by the characters sort of scares me and the way people viewed the situation of the charges of rape. The way they talked about the victim sickened me.

And I’d would like to say something about that, state my own opinion about it. It doesn’t matter what someone is wearing or how someone is behaving, no one is asking to be raped. They might want to attract some sort of attention, but never rape.


Overall rating: 4.5 stars


Have you read this book yet? And what is your opinion on it?

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