Domestic violence is a tough but important subject to breach. So Much It Hurts by Monique Polak does an excellent job of revealing how an older man can be charming and make a young girl feel special in order to get away with mistreating her. I was worried about how this novel would end, it was difficult to read because of the dark subject matter but I couldn’t stop. Iris has the combination of vulnerability and strength that makes a novel such as this compelling. Her pain and poor judgement will hopefully make young girls think about how they should be treated, and create empathy for those not strong enough to know how to avoid such situations.