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Book review: The nowhere girls by Amy Reed

Genre: Empowering fiction + LGBTQ.

Rating: 2/5

Plot:

Who are the Nowhere Girls? They’re every girl. But they start with just three:

Grace, the preacher’s daughter who unwittingly moved into the old house of a victim whose pain adorns the walls.

Bold Rosina, whose heart has become hardened by all of the straight girls who broke it.

And misunderstood Erin, the girl who finds more solace in science and order than she does in people.

They are brought together by the idea of changing the narrative of a girl they had never met, Lucy Moynihan, the victim of a sexual assault who was victimised further by people who found it easier to believe she had cried wolf than to confront what had really happened to her. A girl who, through the course of one evening, went from an excited teenager who felt wanted by a boy for the first time, to someone else entirely, with ‘a voice in the darkness, giving her a new name: Slut’.

Together, they form the Nowhere Girls, and decide to avenge the rape of a girl none of them knew.

My verdict: I like the idea and premise of this book but, I found the multiple view points/ change of persons confusing and the characters heavily stereotyped in regards to Spanish culture, religion, sexuality and feminism. My favourite character was Rosina, she was the only character with any real depth. Even though this book is aimed at teenagers I find at times the narrative disjointed and some details irrelevant. Do only bonus about this book is that it opened up a dialogue to talk about our societies prejudices towards women and sex. Normally I love a controversial book as much as the next book blogger but this just didn’t live up to the hype. Sometimes when reading it read like individual interviews transcribed and reworked into fiction. I do however applaud the author for touching upon subjects which in the publishing industry especially in teen and young adult fiction seem to be taboo. If you want to read more about feminism may I be as bold as to suggest that you try Caitlin Moran/ Sophia Amarusso. Even though this was written during the me to movement I find the overall rhetoric quite tired. I do however implore young women and men to inform themselves about what constitutes as consensual sex and to have an honest talk about having boundaries in relationships and parents should warn their daughters and sons about The consequences of our societies prejudice and attitudes towards sex culture.

The cover belongs to Amy Reeds and Atom books. Click the book cover to be taken to Amazon where you can purchase your copy.



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