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Lessons from a Dead Girl by Jo Knowles
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Jan 02, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult
Read in January, 2008

Boldly tackling the subject of child sexual abuse, this novel pulls the reader in and doesn't let go, even after the last page.
How Lainey goes from being a victim to a survivor, in this well written novel, is something that will both shock the reader and make you think just a little bit more. This is the story of how one abused girl turns her anger and confused self to abusing another girl under the guise of friendship. Years later Lainey still doesn't understand why Leah chose her out of all the others. But it doesn't really matter because the damage has been done to both girls. One survives while the other, as you learn on the first page, doesn't.
It's articulate, engaging, disturbing and thought provoking. It's right up there with Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak.
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