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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  2,571 ratings  ·  636 reviews
Ellie Frias disappeared long before she vanished.

Tormented throughout middle school, Ellie begins her freshman year with a new look: she doesn't need to be popular; she just needs to blend in with the wallpaper.

But when the unthinkable happens, Ellie finds herself trapped after a brutal assault. She wasn't the first victim, and now she watches it happen again and again. Sh
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published February 27th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan
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Haley Mathiot yes. There are some rape scenes, though not explicitly violent, there is definitely some content. Ages 16 or 17 at a minimum. Definitely mature conten…moreyes. There are some rape scenes, though not explicitly violent, there is definitely some content. Ages 16 or 17 at a minimum. Definitely mature content. (less)
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Emily May
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Emily May by: PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
The thing about my diary is that I lied in it. I obscured the truth. I never told even the empty space around me the whole story. I was afraid someone would find it, read it, know me. I wanted them to know a different girl. A better one.

Fellow book lovers— please can we not let this extremely powerful and raw YA book slip by unnoticed?

I'm sitting here with goosebumps along my arms from the experience of reading this book. It's been so long since I read a YA novel with such strong writing and
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Kassie
This book was so hard to read. So horrifying and infuriating, but SO powerful. Fuck. I'm a mess after finishing it. While I personally enjoyed this book and found it to be extremely moving, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tread with caution if you're considering picking this one up. It opens with a rape scene and never once shies away from the details. This book is very much meant to be shocking and I think that if you're at all triggered by anything revolving sexual assault, you may want to consider skipp ...more
Elle (ellexamines)
The first 38% of this book is torture porn.

This is my literal top pet peeve in literature, and I'm finding this really difficult to read and uncomfortable. Not in a not-good way. Little to no character development, mostly just meditation on the character's former life and there is actually no plot. I don't think I can remember the last time I read something with so little plot 38% in. There is nothing keeping me here except voyeurism, and my guess is the author hoped the beginning of the novel w
Charlotte May
“I’m not angry about being here. I’m not even angry it happened. Mostly, I’m just angry that it could. That is keeps happening.”

This book made me sad and also so fucking angry.
But it ends on a hopeful note and the writing was beautiful.

Set up like The Lovely Bones, Ellie Frias is raped and killed - watching her dad and the police investigation unfold. This also means she sees the other rape victims attacked in the same place where she was.

This book is brutal, the descriptions of sexual viol
lily ☁️
My full review is now up on my blog!

I Stop Somewhere hits hard. It’s not pretty—it has no interest in embellishing ugly truths—it’s not beautifully heartbreaking, and it’s clear from the very start that this book does not have a happy ending.

“The things we wish for don’t happen. This is how things really go.”

I’d told myself to stay away from books that deal with the subject matter of rape after All the Rage, What We Saw, You Against Me, and The Female of the Species (all extremely worthw
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: released-2018
Trigger warnings for rape, sexual assault and murder

"She's so pretty. Of course she is. They're all pretty. I suppose it should be flattering, to be one of them. It means I'm pretty, too. That was all I thought I wanted. To be part of something. To be special.
I don't feel pretty. I don't feel special, either. I don't feel much."

Let me be perfectly clear - this is not a happy, feel-good book. By any means. It's incredibly sad, heartbreaking and dark, but at the same time, it is so incredibly powe
Em Lost In Books
"I didn't deserve this. Even the most confused and lost girl, even the most screwed up of us all, don't deserve this. Death isn't the consequence for making a mistake, it's the punishment we force on girls because they couldn't be good. Only girls have to die for wanting."

It's been more than a week since I read this book. I would have left this space empty but this story needs, scratch​ that, it demands a review.

So this is the story of Ellie. Ellie whose mother left when she was only a child
Yusra  ✨
Apr 05, 2018 marked it as to-read
“disappeared long before she vanished”

that’s a line that’ll get me to buy a book, that’s for sure
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
*i want to clarify that this book focuses on Rape and its not just a minor topic*

"No matter how bad we are, no matter the mistakes we make, we exist because we make them. We exist because we screw up and we’re wrong and we’re broken, but those are all the things that make us real. Those are all the things we are"

Can someone please tell me why when a new book is published and it's talking about a few teenagers finding out that they have powers and decide to save the earth gets all the hype while
chloe ♡
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book from The Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for an honest review.

I thought I knew what is was like to be invisible. I thought I could disappear, but now, I fight to touch anything real and I vanish.

First off, the cover is gorgeous. It's probably the reason why I requested to be part of this blog tour

When I started reading this, I had no idea what was going on. It was kind of weird, and (view spoiler)
Julie Zantopoulos
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it, read-in-2020
I am still speechless. Angry and heartbroken but so in love with this book in the most sorrowful way possible. RTC
alice (arctic books)
Absolutely riveting and heartbreaking. Trigger warnings for rape, sexual assault, murder, violence. Full review to come.
Kristyn - Reading to Unwind
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book contains the topic of rape culture, it might be a trigger for people.

This book is about Ellie who disappeared after being captured and assaulted. Ellie tells us the story of what is happening and how she got there in her own words.

At first when I was reading I didn’t love the back and forth between past and present I was completely confused on where Ellie was, but as the book goes on I found it to be the perfect start for this book. We go back and forth into Ellie’s memories before sh
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is literally one of the best books I've ever read in my entire life. I'm literally sitting here sobbing and trying to pull my thoughts together. This is an exquisite masterpiece. ...more
MissBecka Gee
This was a dark look at something that sadly happens everyday all over the planet.
Narrated by the ghost of the MC she reveals the story by both flowing into everyday life and reliving memories with us. This was equal parts The Lovely Bones and The Book Thief.
I liked it more than The Book Thief, but less than The Lovely Bones. Take that how you like.
Faith M ✨
I received this eARC uncorrected galley from Feiwel & Friends on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way.

A warning before I begin. This book focuses on very heavy topics that may be triggers for some readers. If you have suffered sexual assault or other abuse, I would be wary about reading this, as there are graphic scenes.

The Writing

From the very first page of this book, I was completely drawn in. From the first line, the first wor
This is heartrending and haunting.

There’s just no other way to describe it. No, it wasn’t a fun or enjoyable book to read, by any means, but I’d read it again and again. I hope everyone gets the chance to pick this one up, because (and I don’t get to say this very often) everyone should read this book.

I STOP SOMEWHERE details Ellie’s before-and-after of being sexually assaulted and brutally murdered by her “boyfriend”. It’s the how and and why, essentially: how she was lured, and why she was c
h o l l i s
I finished I STOP SOMEWHERE right before having to go out to a party. Talk about emotional whiplash. But in the end I'm glad for it, because leaving the house after reading this helped to get me out of my head.

Carter's book is.. the only word I could think of yesterday as to describe how I felt was : painful. In all sorts of different ways. This book made me ache. This is such a hard read, but it's also written so beautifully and with really amazing insight and honesty and heartbreak. You just f
Rachel Solomon
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Harrowing. I knew this book would break my heart - but I wasn't prepared for it to shred it. TE Carter's writing pulls no punches; it's unapologetic and gorgeous and raw. Ellie is such a painfully relatable protagonist. We all know an Ellie, and I'm sure many of us have been an Ellie at some point in our lives. I STOP SOMEWHERE should be required reading for high school students. ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, ya, contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Oh my feels! My emotions are on overload right now. This was so heartbreaking, and one of the biggest reasons why, is because things like this really happen. A really powerful story, that was beautifully told.

I thought I had prepared myself for this book. Violence is always tough for me, but this one gutted me, while simultaneously touching my heart. The focus of this book was definitely assault and rape culture, but there were also many other themes associated with being femal
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: electric-18s
Oh man...THIS BOOK!!!

It does so many things startlingly well -- so well that the author makes them look easy. As a writer, I can assure you they are not. I'm not going to list all of them here because this review would turn into a tome of praise, but I want to talk about at least a few.

First (and this is going to be the thing many reviewers focus on), this book captures the devastating effects of rape culture and the insidious hold it can have over a small town. And it does so in a way that is b
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Can you disappear if you’re already invisible? Blending in feels better than being bullied to freshman Ellie Frias. But when Caleb, a boy from the right side of the tracks notices her, Ellie isn’t sure the wants to be part of the background anymore. But being a rich kids from a prominent family doesn’t make Caleb one of the good guys. And sometimes being invisible is better than being nonexistent.

I STOP SOMEWHERE is one of **those** books that makes you feel from your toes to the top of your hea
Brittany (whatbritreads)
This book was so haunting, but such an important read. I literally couldn’t put it down, I read it all pretty much in one sitting. The writing was absolutely stunning and broke my heart in all of the rights was. It is by no means an easy book to read, there’s no happily ever after, but it deals with the issue of assault in such a well-rounded manner.

Despite not necessarily being a coming of age novel, this did feel very relatable in terms of growing up being a girl who is hyper-aware of her body
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that needs to be held in the same esteem as The Lucky Bones, Sadie, Girl Made of Stars, and Moxie. It’s enraging, hard to stomach, infuriating, heartbreaking and so very important. It really pushes the “Hey, what can I say? I’m a guy!” idea and the “she was asking for it” concept. And while I was furious for a majority of the time reading it, it should have that effect to really drive the point home. This isn’t just a scary/nightmarish fictionalized story, this is real ...more
Hayley Chewins
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book wrecked me -- and I mean that in the best possible way. It is an unflinching examination of rape culture, a poetic portrait of an invisible girl, and an unputdownable mystery. Don't miss it. ...more
I feel really guilty rating this book 1 star but I can't bring myself to rate this any higher. I understand that what this author really wanted to do was show us the ugly and brutal world of rape culture but unfortunately they contributed to it instead. This is not a positive message for survivors of rape. This is a book that wants to tell teenage girls that if they're raped, no-one will believe them. Their lives will be torn apart and every single thing they do will be used against them.

Amelinda Bérubé
Poetic and searing snapshot of rape culture at work in a decaying town. Visceral with both rage and tenderness and impossible to put down.
Amelia Oswald
A book that can make my eyes hurt because of crying deserves 5 stars.
I just want to be a girl. All the parts of me that made me real. Maybe a lot of things make a girl, but I think being alive is the ơn I miss most

Trigger warning: Rape
There isn’t a lot of YA that target this subject from the victim point of view so I think the author really brave to use this issue to write a novel that targets the YA audience.
This book reminded me o
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was meant to make you uncomfortable, as we all should be when exploring and challenging rape culture. I Stop Somewhere has many tough to digest scenes and won’t leave you with a HEA, because this is real life. If you loved The Female of the Species or Moxie, I Stop Somewhere could be the book for you.
Gwen Cole
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing, heartbreaking, beautiful, and one nobody should miss reading.
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TE Carter was born in New England and has lived in New England for pretty much her entire life. Throughout her career, she’s done a lot of things, although her passion has always been writing. When she’s not writing, she can generally be found reading classic literature, playing Xbox, organizing her comic collection, or binge watching baking competitions. She continues to live in New England with ...more

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