A Stunning Accusation
By- Sarahbeth Caplin
Genre- New Adult/Romance/Women’s Fiction
Publication Date- July 6th, 2015
Adelaide Scott is a 25-year-old relationship advice columnist for Stunning! Magazine. Her new boyfriend, Jordan Johnson, is a renowned photographer for Sports Unlimited. Their relationship seems perfect, until his ex-girlfriend confronts them at a bar – and accuses Jordan of raping her, turning their world upside down.
It doesn’t help that her best friend and editor, Kiersten Sharp, sees rape as a black-and-white issue, with no shades of doubt. Addie is about to discover that the truth – in all its forms – is complicated, and not at all what she expects.
A Stunning Accusation by Sarahbeth Caplin is a masterpiece. Honestly, the blurb does not do this book justice at all. I didn't expect to be completely taken in from the very beginning. I didn't expect to be riveted and unable to put my kindle down until I'd finished. I read this in one sitting, I just HAD to know what truths Addie would learn and what decisions she'd make for herself in the end.
Sarahbeth Caplin has taken a sensitive topic and tackled it with grace and intelligence. Through the main character, Addie's perspective she asks us what is consent and how do we view it? I will admit that I spent a good portion of the book wishing violence upon Addie's supposed best friend and co-worker, Kiersten. She made me want to shake her with her constant semi-bitchy and condescending ways towards Addie. Never was she truly supportive or understanding, she only ever seemed to want to push Addie into seeing things the same way she did. Ick.
Addie is an advice columnist at a women's magazine- think Cosmo, etc- and she's cultivated a certain persona in order to fit in at the office and keep her job. She's never really thought a whole lot about the content she's putting out there for other women to read, though. One of the best parts of this book, in my opinion, was Addie's journey of self-discovery while she was uncovering the truth of her boyfriend's past relationships through interviews with his ex-girlfriends. She grows so much by the end of the book and really blossoms into a strong, dynamic character. I want more Addie, SB. Please?
I consider this to be an important book. One that I will be giving to my nieces to read when they get a little older. In a nutshell, consent is always black and white, even when the truth is complicated and women everywhere should know that. I highly recommend this book and will be looking for other titles from this fantastic author.
About the Author-
Sarahbeth Caplin is the author of three novels and a memoir, Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter, which ranked #51 in Amazon’s top 100 books on personal growth in May 2015. She lives in Colorado with her husband and kittens, and is working on an MFA in Creative Writing at Colorado State.