One of Barnes and Noble's Most Anticipated YAs of 2017
Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.
Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it's too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she's unable to escape.
Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.
"Through Grace’s lively, engaging voice, readers gain a vivid picture of the way a smart, self-assured girl can fall into an abusive relationship . . . . Demetrios’ well-drawn characters are tremendously appealing, and Grace’s discovery of the power of her own strength will make readers cheer." ?Booklist
“A pressing tale of the complicated ways love can go wrong. Like Speak, it is one of those rare books that can have a real, lasting impact on its readers, and can start important conversations.”
Adi Alsaid, Let’s Get Lost
"[A]n intense reflection on abusive relationships. . . ." —Publishers Weekly
"A realistic, worthwhile look at dating violence and unhealthy relationships." —Kirkus Reviews
“Bad Romance is a raw, honest, unrelenting novel. Demetrios writes with heartbreaking clarity about the way first love can turn from safe to dangerous, from beautiful to ugly. Brave, bold, and deeply felt, this book gets it in a profound way. I didn’t know I was waiting for a book like this, but it turns out, I’ve needed it for a long time.”
Corey Ann Haydu, OCD Love Story
"...the author expertly conveys the suffocating feeling of life in a dysfunctional family and the longing of teens to be on their own. VERDICT Sure to circulate in high school libraries and teen collections."
-School Library Journal