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The Nowhere Girls

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  6,839 ratings  ·  1,634 reviews
Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.

Who are the Nowhere Girls?

They’re everygirl. But they start with just three:

Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Simon Pulse
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Molly Jackson This book just happens to have a good message, it seriously could've gone the other way and still been a good book; angering (although it was that…moreThis book just happens to have a good message, it seriously could've gone the other way and still been a good book; angering (although it was that anyway), hurtful, lingering thoughts after. By the way, your comment sounds like one of the characters in the book.(less)

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Chaima ✨ شيماء
This book made me realize just how much I love women, both in a feminist way and in a gay way. And from the bottom of my heart, Ihateevery single man who’s ever made a woman feel unsafe. I hope you’re all experiencingshit.

So, what’s this book about?

Grace has moved to Prescott, Oregon, and finds words of searing agony and sorrow carved into the wall of her new room and carving their hurricane path through her mind, pushing everything out of its way. Grace’s classmates, Rosina Suarez, a
Emma Giordano
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
THIS. DANG. BOOK. Y’ALL. It’s a must read. One of the best YA books published in 2017. It’s so important, especially for young readers, and I cannot recommend it enough.

HARD TW: Rape, Sexual Assault

One of my favorite things about this book is the characters. Grace is the new girl who is fat and a Christian. I’m always so pleased to see books where fat protagonists are able to have a story that’s NOT about their body, but it is just a characteristic of who they are. I was also immensely pleased
Elise (TheBookishActress)
“The things is,” Rosina says, “people don’t want to hear something that’ll make their lives more difficult, even if it’s the truth. People hate having to change the way they see things. So instead of admitting the world is ugly, they shit on the messenger for telling them about it.”

The Nowhere Girls is not your average feminist contemporary. There are several awesome feminist books from this year: I’ve been seeing people hype Moxie by Jen Matieu a ton this year. And while I did like that book
Jessi ♡
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
this book made me hate men more than i already do
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Lianne - Literary Diversions
Shelves: queer
Y’all I have had an arc of this on my shelf since before it came out and I am KICKING MYSELF for not reading it sooner bc it was SO FUCKING GOOD??????????? If you haven't read this book yet and think you can handle the subject matter- READ THIS BOOK NOW YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.

TW: rape, slut shaming
Charlotte May
"Sometimes it's the freaks of nature who end up being the strongest."

What an epic first read of 2019!

The Nowhere Girls is such an important book. Tackling serious topics including rape culture, sexism and sexual harassment to name a few.
This is what feminism is! Not man hating, not women thinking they are better than men, but simply the equality of the sexes. When women live in constant fear, there is a problem and this problem must be addressed.

Grace is new to town, her mother is a pastor,
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
In another state, an invisible girl named Lucy Moynihan tries to forget a story that will define her for the rest of her life, a story no one claimed to believe.

It's really sad because that line is one of the most realistic lines for so many women of all ages in our present world. And what makes it even sadder is that nothing is being done because a "woman's voice" isn't the same; it does not matter. The word rape isn't a word many people like to use because it labels them, and it isn't a
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Tani by: shady boots | #WatchPOSE
Shelves: favorites

To be honest, I didn't want to post a review because there are many aspects in the book which can't be summarised. It's a book that a reader needs to be considerate enough to understand different perspective of the people, especially girls. As the setting of the book is in a high-school, the adult readers may find it a bit difficult to empathise the characters as most of them are teenagers. Nonetheless, it's a must read for every reader.

It's a book about
Em Lost In Books
"Sometimes the only thing worse than death is surviving. "

We need more of these stories!!
shady boots | #WatchPOSE
Originally I wrote a review that was more like me screaming and ranting frantically about everything wrong with the world, and I was typing so furiously that my fingers are throbbing and my keyboard would probably despise me if it were sentient. But I think I'm gonna scratch all that, because the time you spend reading my review would be better spent reading this book if you haven't yet.

Of course, there are plenty of wonderful, qualified reviewers here on this lovely site that will have a
may ➹
Everyone needs to read this book.

It has SUCH an important and amazing message for women and men (and all in between) and it highlights just exactly why we need feminism in the world today. And it’s told in a beautiful, beautiful way with relatable characters.

If you’re a feminist, read this. If you’re not a feminist (you should be), read this. If you’re neutral, read this. Just READ THIS BOOK because it is so so so important, especially in the world today.


- It tackles rape
Trina (Between Chapters)
If I took a sharpie to just a few lines in this book, it would be 5 stars. It missed the mark on some of the representation in my opinion. But the commentary on rape culture was A+. It attempts to be inclusive, although a single book will never hit every angle thoroughly. One aspect that I GREATLY ADMIRED is that when talking about sex positivity it included the choice not to have sex. The choice to have or not to have sex should never be shamed.

tw: sexism, rape (both described and alluded to),
Updated May 9th because there was so much going on in this book that my bi ass forgot to mention the f/f romance!

This was one of the most powerful YA books I've ever read. It was engaging, empowering, and inclusive. I keep thinking that it could have been more inclusive, but then again the three MCs were an autistic girl, a latina queer girl who gets the girl at the end (YES THIS HAS AN F/F ROMANCE), and a fat girl. And the thing is, this is not a book about the MCs. It's a book about all the
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely FANTASTIC. This is going straight to my favourites shelf - I cannot wait to recommend this to every single person I possibly can FULL REVIEW TO COME ONCE I SORT OUT A COHERENT WAY TO EXPLAIN HOW MUCH THIS BOOK MEANS TO ME
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This. Book.

I absolutely loved this book. These female characters and their strength are tremendous. This is one of the best books I have read so far this year. The Me Too movement has sparked so much debate and discussions and I think this is the perfect time for a book like this to be out for reading. It is inspiring and really frustrating at times because of some of the injustice but overall it is just incredible. This is a must read in my opinion.

My quick and simple overall (because my
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Thomas by: Lola
A bold, fascinating novel that takes on rape culture and female sexuality, The Nowhere Girls will please fans of gritty YA fiction, similar to that of Courtney Summers and Hannah Moskowitz. The novel follows three young women - Grace Salter, Rosina Suarez, and Erin Delillo - who create an underground feminist club to protest the rape of a former student at their high school, as well as the current overall epidemic of sexual assault. While the book focuses on the actions taken by The Nowhere ...more
chan ☆
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
maybe I’m too old and cynical for this

I want to preface this review by saying that I’m glad this book exists and that it’s a really important read that will really help people. At 23 though, it just didn’t resonate with me as much as I would have liked.

I think that was due to 2 main issues. Firstly, I felt the rapists in this book were a little over the top. It’s so easy to immediately get disgusted with complete pigs so it made little sense to me how the rapists got away with their actions.
Emer (A Little Haze)
Graffiti started showing up on her locker, the strangest of which was “Slut” and “Whore,” since she was, and is, still very much a virgin. That’s just what you call girls when you want to shame them”

This was a spur of the moment buddy read with Gabby when she sent me a link to read this for free on Riveted (it's free to read until the end of this month) and I liked the blurb, she liked the blurb and god knows she and I like to talk our butts off about feminism (in books and in the world at

I tried to work out how to write this as a full-length review, however, I was stumped every time I went to start or tried to work out what I wanted to write; here I am doing a mini review which may become longer than anticipated.
The Nowhere Girls was a book that I was scared to read. I really didn’t know what was going to happen throughout. However, I am left in tears. I have tears rolling down my face, as I realise how many girls aren’t believed
This book was freaking AMAZING!!!!!
There were tears, there were giggles and there was some loud swearing while flinging the book angrily onto the floor.
It's a library book though sooooo the actual flinging was imaginary...respect the library books!
Also I think I want to be besties with Erin.
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
"It is all the girls, all their voices, calling out as loud as they can. They burn through darkness. They brand the night.”

Some might think of this review as spolierish (I don't really), so I just wanted to put up a warning.

I'm mad, okay?
Girls get raped and they go to the police station and the officer is all like oooh, it's all bullshit, you're just looking for an attention, I'm not buying it, the guy you're trying to blame is a family friend of mine, na-ah, that ain't gonna happen.
And they're
Grace and her family have just moved to a new town after her Baptist preacher mother has a spiritual experience and their small Kentucky town decides she is far too progressive for their community. Grace is shunned and the family basically flees for more open-minded pastures. Erin is a beautiful girl who loves science and Star Trek: The Next Generation. She also has Asperger's and a secret. Rosina is a lesbian struggling to be herself within the confines of her conservative Mexican family. She ...more
Jennifer Mathieu
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Y'all, this book blew my mind. I could not put it down. It is just so full of GIRL LOVE and FEMINIST POWER and I am HERE FOR IT. I especially loved Reed's 3rd person POV which doesn't always work for me in YA but here was pitch perfect. So many complex issues addressed with authenticity and heart. This is the sort of book that could change the life of a teenage girl who reads it. 5 plus stars. I adored it.
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
“The things is,” Rosina says, “people don’t want to hear something that’ll make their lives more difficult, even if it’s the truth. People hate having to change the way they see things. So instead of admitting the world is ugly, they shit on the messenger for telling them about it.”

I really loved this book so much! The Nowhere Girls is empowering and inspiring, and I am filled with so much love and respect for other women after reading it. We follow misfits Grace Salter, Erin DeLillo, and
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
4/5 stars

This book really took me by surprise, it wasn't even on my tbr, I just stumbled upon it and started reading it, and I am so happy I did that!

It was such an inspiring story that everybody should read, I've never read a book about rape culture before and it's a very hard topic but it was somehow represented in a beautiful way.
I also really liked that in the story, the girls stick together, no matter how different they are from each other, they all stand together and face the same fear as
Mar 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
3.5 stars

This book was so powerful and hard-hitting and I wish more people would read it. I especially wish boys and men would read it.

The entire book criticizes how society depicts and treats women and I was so damn pleased with all the critics I read. I was also disgusted and horrified by sexist men and rapists’s thought here included. They were so real and disturbing, and the knowledge that there are real men thinking these things just makes me want to cry and throw up. It also makes me want
Kimberly Dawn
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prescott, Oregon
LUCY reported she had been gang raped, a story no one believed. The story will haunt her for the rest of her life.
Three popular boys were accused: Spencer, Eric, and Ennis.
Lucy, sadly was denied any community support, and was denied justice.
She has since moved out of state.
The boys got away with it, and continue to perpetuate a rape culture at the school.
Rage underlies their attitude of sexual
entitlement that allows them to treat girls like objects to be used and discarded.
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher via Edelweiss.

Y’all, by the time you read this, I’ve been sitting on this review since June 2017. It’s been killing me to not publish this sooner. Maybe it caught me at the right time or maybe it’s just that good, but The Nowhere Girls struck me right in my feminist heart at a time I really needed it to keep going. It’s not an emotionally easy book to read, as you might expect from any book with rape and sexism
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
The Nowhere Girls, or Why Good Intentions and a Good Message Don't Make a Good Book: A Novel

I could start by saying that this is possibly the most heavy-handed thing I've ever read. And it's true. But I feel like I can forgive some of that if I do agree with the message and think it's really important, especially if the book is aimed to younger readers. Since these two things are true, I won't hold it against this book. It's a story about rape culture and women fighting back that at least
Beatrice in Bookland
"Silence does not mean yes."

The world needs more books like this one.
It deals with so many different and important topics, I can't even begin to list them.
For example, we have three protagonists:
- Grace, a chubby and religious girl
- Rosina, she's mexican, she likes girls and she's completely at ease with her sexuality
- Erin, autistic and super smart
But there are so many more girls, all different and going through their own problems.

But, as you can see, I did give this book 3 stars. That's
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Amy Reed was born and raised in and around Seattle, where she attended a total of eight schools by the time she was eighteen. Constant moving taught her to be restless and being an only child made her imagination do funny things. After a brief stint at Reed College (no relation), she moved to San Francisco and spent the next several years serving coffee and getting into trouble. She eventually ...more
“Silence does not mean yes. No can be thought and felt but never said. It can be screamed silently on the inside. It can be in the wordless stone of a clenched fist, fingernails digging into palm. Her lips sealed. Her eyes closed. His body just taking, never asking, never taught to question silence” 51 likes
“The things is,” Rosina says, “people don’t want to hear something that’ll make their lives more difficult, even if it’s the truth. People hate having to change the way they see things. So instead of admitting the world is ugly, they shit on the messenger for telling them about it.” 44 likes
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