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4.32  ·  Rating details ·  10,141 ratings  ·  2,194 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 t
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Simon Pulse
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chai ♡
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 Mexican-American queer punk rocker, and Erin DeLillo, a girl with Asperger’s, explain that the former occupant was Lucy, a girl who was driven out of town after she accused a group of popular jocks in her school of gang rape.

Now that Grace had named Lucy’s an
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 w
Elle (ellexamines)
“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 boo
daph pink ♡
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer, 5-star
4.5 stars❤️

The thing 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.”


That's exactly what you can expect from this book!

This book hit a little personal to me and I am gonna talk freely about this. So this review
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Lianne - Literary Diversions
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, an
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
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 is
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Tani by: shady boots
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 th
Em Lost In Books
"Sometimes the only thing worse than death is surviving. "

We need more of these stories!!
shady boots
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 prope
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),
Let my first sectence be this: everyone should read this book.


I know I'm late too, but better late than never.

It's amazing, obviously, but very upsetting. I don't really cry over books, but this one made me ugly cry at least three times. Not beacuse it's that sad, but because I felt so angry, frustrated, helpless and powerless.

Fortunately, the end was this huge hope bomb, but of course that made me cry, too. I'm not joking, cryig is a spiral with this book.

So yeah, I'm a mess, but th
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 gi
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. Por
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
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 Girl ...more
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 fami
Bren Let the sea enamor you
"It is all the girls, all their voices, calling out as loud as they can. They burn through darkness. They brand the night.”

The Nowhere Girls
by Amy Reed

An anthem for women everywhere!

Possible triggers..Rape is the topic. Graphic rape scene.

This book should be required reading...everywhere.

It isn't for everyone. As you may have seen, it is about a group of girls who, rise up to get justice for a fellow schoolmate who was gang raped.They form the Nowhere Girls.

The Nowhere Girls are seeking, not
Éimhear (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 l
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book came into my life and totally hit me with a surprise emotional sucker punch. It was everything I needed at the time, and more! I really wish more people were reading and hyping this book up because it deserves all the love.

For starters, can we talk about all the representation! We’ve got three perspectives, and within those three you get autistic rep, Latinx rep and fat girl rep. The Latinx main character is also lesbian, so we have intersectional lgbt+ rep. And as well as that, Grace

M I N I   R E V I E W
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 believe
MissBecka Gee
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.
Kate (GirlReading)
Powerful, sickening, hard hitting and so incredibly important.
This is not an easy read by any means but it’s painfully necessary.

TW: use of homophobic & ableist slur, rape, racism, homophobia, sexual assault, sexual harassment, fatphobia, ableism, ableist language, deadnaming, fatphobia
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i think this book did a really good job dealing with highly emotional topics like rape culture and the overall misogynistic society we sadly live in. it made me cry several times, which was probably exactly the point it aimed to make.

the strongest part of this story is definitely its diversity. we have poc, queer girls, girls who enjoy sex, girls who do not want to have sex, autistic girls, and and and. there are many important heart-to-heart conversations about sex, rape, and, most importantly,
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 d ...more
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
moon of pages
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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. ...more
Mar 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
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 attemp
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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 gra ...more

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