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Safe by Susan Shaw
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Apr 11, 2008

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bookshelves: realistic-fic
Read in April, 2008

Very sensitive story of a 15-year-old girl who is kidnapped and raped, and how it affects her life. I had to make myself finish it, but I'm not sure why I didn't get into it. At first I thought I was annoyed with the character for how she was reacting, which made me feel a little guilty for being insensitive. But by the end, I realized I was mostly angry at the situation, that this horrible thing had caused her to become so fearful and illogical. Whatever the case, I think it is decently written overall, but it never quite clicked for me. Something about the dialogue fell flat, and her newfound very advanced compositional skills felt too easy. Good approach to a hard topic for younger teens, though.

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