Taint

A Novel

Young Adult - Social Issues
316 Pages
Reviewed on 01/11/2022
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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite

In Taint by Janet Kelley, Rebecca is asked by her best friend Luke to keep a secret that she couldn’t even begin to comprehend. He confides in her that he had been raped by two boys at a party. This news immediately sends Rebecca reeling and she is not sure what to do. She had never heard about boys getting raped; it’s always been girls. What makes it even harder was that she was the only person he had confided in; also the fact that his rapist just so happens to be the principal's son. Luke isn’t the same boy that she grew up with and it hurts to see her friend in pain. What’s worse is seeing the guy who raped him in school daily. Just like her best friend, Rebecca starts spiraling downward, letting this secret eat at her from the inside out. How much will Rebecca be able to take or will she implode and tell Luke’s horrible secret?

I really enjoyed reading Taint by Janet Kelley and the fact that it raised awareness about rape and that it doesn’t just happen to women. It really doesn’t cross people's minds that males can be victims as well as females. The characters are so well written and in-depth that you can’t help but feel for this pair of best friends as they try to cope with what had happened. Overall, I think Janet Kelley has done an excellent job with this novel and I look forward to reading more of her works.