Sunday, February 5, 2012
Saving troubled boys
by April Henry
When I was in college, I dated a whole string of troubled boys.
J. could drink an amazing amount and still appear sober. When he was in high school, his dad was cheating on his mom - with a girl J. went to school with.
C., I’m pretty sure now, was a sociopath.
K. had a rocky relationship with his parents and had started partying hard in middle school.
D. borderline stalked me.
T. had been terribly abused by his dad and step-mom.
When I was in college, my ideal love interest was smart, troubled, and used drugs or alcohol to excess. Even better if he could tell me that he wanted to love me, he was just finding it difficult.
Most of these guys didn’t want to be saved, or weren’t capable of being saved. But I was sure I would be the one who who hung in there, who proved herself worthy. With many of them, I hung on far too long, sure I was seeing the diamond in the rough.
The author was murdered by one of those men.
Reader, I married him.
But I think I might still be working through some issues in my books. My editor has pointed out that the boys in Girl, Stolen; The Night She Disappeared (out next month) and Finish Her Off (out next year) all come from the wrong side of the tracks and have a fairly hefty amount of baggage.