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Girl Detached

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Aleksandra has issues with her voice. Stress makes her stutter, and her life is one of stress.

She can only speak clearly on stage, freed by the words of the character she plays.

Then, when Aleksandra befriends her new neighbour Megan, and through her meets charming, handsome Ruben, it seems she has discovered a doorway into a different world, and a different Alek.

But Ruben
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 15th 2016 by Barrington Stoke (first published November 1st 2011)
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C.G. Drews
Okay, woah, this was a heavy book. I picked it up from my library because I knew it featured a girl with a stutter and I want to read more diverse books (particularly ones that include disabilities). Buuuuut well. It's actually about sex trafficking. And like it's an important story, I think, because it talks really openly about this topic and brings awareness to how girls get conned into selling their bodies.

It wasn't enjoyable to read, but I don't think it was meant to be. And I REALLY like
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Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Manipulation, poisonous-relationship, family, judgement, friendship.

I found this book very difficult to read. And even harder to review.

Because it is important.

I hate using that word. Every book is important. But with the challenging and controversial content, the morally questionable actions of the characters, and ultimately devastating plot, how could it not be especially important?

This is a book about manipulation and vulnerable people, about first love and sex for sale. It was banne
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Maddie
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a quick but dark read. Things got serious so quickly, but I loved the pace and think it reflected the situation really well. The acting subplot wasn't as strong as it could have been, and I don't think I got enough sense of Alek's character - especially how young she was to prostituted. The emotions came second to the horror, and I wanted them simultaneously for impact.

This is all in all a scary book to think that things like this happen in real life. I'm happy that The Bucket Lis
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Kate (GirlReading)
3.5*
I'm not 100% sure how I felt about this. On the one hand, I thought it was an incredibly important and enlightening discussion surrounding trafficking but on the other hand, it featured a lot of ableism and I felt the relationship/romance at the end and the way the guy talked to the main character felt somewhat contradictory to the message of the story? I wouldn't say this was an enjoyable read, it was extremely uncomfortable at times but I would expect nothing less from the subject matter
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Sarah
Jul 17, 2016 marked it as to-read
This book is so controversial that it was actually banned and removed from the shelves in Italy (Manuela Salvi actually had her microphone removed in the middle of a panel at Bologna earlier this year & she wasn't allowed to answer questions because someone disagreed with her experience and the way she was telling it!). So she decided to have her story translated into English and it's now been picked up by UK publisher, The Bucket List.

Of course that means I NEED to see what all the fuss is
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Becca Ashworth
Oh wow, I loved this. So spectacularly uncensored.

Aleksandra is a shy girl, who is only free of her stammer when she performs on stage, embracing a different character. When she moves in with her mother, next to the charismatic and confident Megan, she is welcomed into Megan's friendship group and begins to take on a new persona. At one party, she meets Ruben, and gradually they begin a relationship. However, her new group isn't what it seems and things begin to spiral massively out of control.
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Eveline
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a strong story with a powerful message. I think every generation should have their own version of this story to read. I would recommend it not only to teenagers, but to parents and teachers as well.

Sixteen year-old Aleksandra is a wallflower, an insecure girl that stutters when she tries to speak. The only friends she has are the other ‘misfits’ at Ship of Fools, the theatre group where she performs. On stage is the only place she feels confident and speaks fluently. However, the theatr
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Lily
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm still trying to gather my thoughts on this book but I think it'll take a few days so full thoughts to come (it's my 50th book of the year so I wanted to shelve it!), but I will say this is an extremely important read.
Francesca
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would recommend 'Girl Detached' for the upper end of YA because of the nature of its content.

I first heard about 'Girl Detached' at this year's YALC (the Young Adult Literature Convention) and I received a proof copy of the book there. 'Girl Detached' was censored and banned from sale in Italy, but has been translated into English by Denise Muir (and I must say her translation is brilliant - it flows very well) and it is being published in the UK this year. The UK publishers believe that this
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Zoe
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book that had me unable to stop turning the pages despite an ever increasing unsettling feeling in the pit of my stomach. Wonderfully written and translated - so lucid, varied and interesting, and fully fleshed characterization that brings in many different perspectives. Terrifying in an unputdownable way. A book that will likely make many parents feel uncomfortable (though I felt it was actually something that might help me navigate my own daughter's teenageer years, if not -hopefully - in th ...more
Kirra
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Girl Detached was banned in the author's home country (Italy) because she wrote honestly about sex, bodies and the wealthy, privileged men that can silence those without power. They labelled this book as "dangerous" for the content it discussed but the author moved countries and this was translated and published in Britain instead. This book follows a young girl, Aleksandra, as her whole life is turned over and she ends up falling into a terrible group of people that will use and abuse her for t ...more
Priscilla
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars, rounded up to 4 because this book is so important.

Being a woman in 2017 is still not simple. This book shows it, explains it, with a matter-of-fact tone which makes it even worse and so real. Teen girls are forced to prostitution and everyone seems to find it completely normal. I don't wanna live on this planet anymore, especially after reading this book, which, oh-so-surprisingly, got BANNED in Italy. Because showing young girls' misery and the cruelty of men is not okay, apparently
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Charlie
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
With Girl Detached, Salvi seeks to amplify the voices of young women who have been exploited and traditionally kept silent. Her voice is strong, uncompromising and powerful.

Girl Detached gives a bluntly honest account of a vulnerable girl, Alek, being purposefully targeted by her peer, next door neighbour Megan, and indoctrinated into a ring of underage sex work. Megan seems to be the popular girl who has no remorse, however she is equally desperate to please her abusive older boyfriend – whatev
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Virginie (chouettblog)
Sexual grooming of teenagers is a worldwide plague. It is a problem that remains difficult to irradicate to this day. Now why this book has been banned in Italy I will never understand, unless there is a need there to bury ones head in the sand.

This book is unfortunately a truth for to many teens out there, so this story actually need to be told.

Full review up soon.
Luna
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Girl Detached is a book that will stay with you, which is brilliant but I didn’t know how to review it. There was so much I wanted to talk about, much more than could be contained in the normal review format I use.

Read the full review here: https://lunaslittlelibrary.wordpress....
Rennai
Well I've given this book 3 stars which is supposed to mean that I " liked it" but you can't really like a book that deals with the exploitation and the "falling from grace" of girls and young women. It is also fairly sexually explicit for a YA novel which makes it difficult to recommend widely in a school library. The protagonist, Alek, is a teenaged girl who has grown up in the care of her overbearing Grandmother and has led a very sheltered life. The only time she feels good about herself is ...more
Sierra
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Content warnings: Child sex trafficking, sexual assault, domestic abuse

GIRL DETACHED is a powerful story about Aleksandra, who unwittingly becomes embroiled in her boyfriend's prostitution ring. Naive due to her sheltered upbringing and shyness, Alek has to fight her way out before it's too late. The writing was frank and to the point, telling us what we needed to know without drowning us in words. Overall, a fascinating story about a horrific topic. Bonus points for Alek's theater group and dis
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Kirsty Stanley
4.5 stars
Rosie
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A powerful novel which really makes you think.

I received a free proof copy of the book at YALC 2016.

Review

Banned books often involve fairly contentious or difficult themes. Girl Detached is no different. Banned in its native Italy and withdrawn from sale, it explores teenage grooming and prostitution. Now brought to the UK where it has been translated and published by The Bucket List (a new imprint of Barrington Stoke), Girl Detached can finally audience and reveal the disturbing truths hidden
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Rhoda
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-review
This review was originally posted on StrupagThe synopsis for Girl Detached drew me in immediately but if I'm honest it was the fact that this book was banned in Italy made me want to read it all the more.

Alek is a 16 year old girl. Until now she has lived with her Grandmother, but following her Gran's death she is forced to move in with her Mum and her new family. Alek was close to her Gran. She appreciated everything that her Gran did for her and gave her - even if those flannel shirts were two
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Heather
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Aleksandra has issues with her voice. Stress makes her stutter, and her life is one of stress. She can only speak clearly on stage, freed by the words of the character she plays. Then, when Aleksandra befriends her new neighbour Megan, and through her meets charming, handsome Ruben, it seems she has discovered a doorway into a different world, and a different Alek. But Ruben wants Aleksandra to play a particular role for him, and it is one that will come close to destroying her.

Girl Detached is
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Babsidi
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, ya
A brutally honest story that earns every blow to the reader's heart. Salvi's story, and Muir's masterful translation, are stunning from beginning to end. This is the kind of feminist tale that should be put on high school reading lists, if not to force discussion of issues like consent, privilege, and sexual relationships, then at least as a non-condescending, non-preachy reminder that sometimes the only reason we're lonely is that we're too tied up in our own world to look around and see the fr ...more
Eve beinguniquebooks
Aleksandra is a sixteen year old who's just lost her beloved gran and is left to live with her mum, Megan is her neighbour whom helps her by introducing her to Camilla, Dani and Kayley as well as Ruben.



Going from shy stutter sufferer though she doesn't on stage though her beloved theatre is closing down. But through it all Ruben is her new boyfriend whom she adores and as her first, is clueless to see the world she's sinking in to.



While Megan leads her into a dangerous group as girls disappear w
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Fanni Sütő
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My interview with the author about censorship, theatre and writing:
http://inkmapsandmacarons.com/en/manu...
Beth Kemp
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliantly written (and translated), this book conveys the horrors of grooming/manipulation into sexwork with a subtlety that makes it a suitable read for a YA audience without 'dumbing down' or glossing over the cruelties. It is, despite the topic, not as sexually explicit as I was expecting, although it certainly is shocking - this, I feel, is due to the narrator's innocence (she lacks the language to do this, ultimately, I suppose, and the novel is fully first-person). Ultimately, there are ...more
Abby
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So obviously I am in the minority with my rating. I love the concept but the execution seemed rough. I recognize that this could be due to translation issues as unfortunately I know very little about the Italian language. I did have a hard time with what I thought were several plot holes, but once again maybe the translation got in the way? I'd be interested to know if anyone else read the same translation & if they had the same experience I had.
Allegra S
This book was really..... weird. I was excited to read it because it's Italian! And translated! I thought it would be cool to have a look at what Italian young adult books are like, but it was so weird. At no point ever did it describe the city they were living in, or what their day-to-day lives are like, what kind of foods they ate, all the cultural things that would be interesting to know when you're reading a book from another country! Secondly, the language was very... immature? Like very si ...more
Cheryl
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a well-written, believable and unsettling account of a vulnerable teenager getting in with the wrong crowd with disastrous consequences. It's easy to believe how quickly and simply things spiral out of control for Alek, all without her parents ever having the slightest inkling what was going on. The book was banned in Italy (it's translated from Italian) and while I think this is ludicrous, because it is an important and valuable cautionary tale for both young adults and their parents, I wo ...more
Vanessa Deroo
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SPOILERS.
It took me quite a while to read this book, only because I grew increasingly hateful towards Reuben and knowing what would happen to Aleksandra made my blood boil. Girl Detached is important - the mechanism of child grooming and sexual trafficking, the sad reality around sexual trafficking and assault survivors (the victim is always to blame, eh), the gloomy world of forced teen prostitution, the message to all girls, boys, women and men out there (we believe you, we believe in you); al
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Emily McMullan
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this in one sitting; it was so good. I urge you all to read this book.
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