Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Know My Name” as Want to Read:
Know My Name
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Know My Name

4.81  ·  Rating details ·  7,294 ratings  ·  1,359 reviews
The riveting, powerful memoir of the woman whose statement to Brock Turner gave voice to millions of survivors.

She was known to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford's campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed,
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Viking
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Know My Name, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Alysha DeShaé She read it herself. There are some points where you can hear in her voice how hard it is for her.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.81  · 
Rating details
 ·  7,294 ratings  ·  1,359 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Know My Name
chinomso ♡
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chanel’s story has captured the eye of the nation and has further uncovered the vile lack of justice that exists when rape and sexual assault occur (to this day, we still have prominent news outlets referring to Turner as the “Stanford Swimmer”). But I think memoirs like this have taken the narrative by the hand and guided it in a direction that it should be going. Chanel is not nameless. She’s not faceless. She is real and so was her experience. I’m glad I know your name, Chanel, and your story ...more
Stunning. An absolutely stunning memoir, one of the best I have ever read. In Know My Name, Chanel Miller reclaims her identity after the press described her as “unconscious intoxicated woman” in the aftermath of when rapist Brock Turner assaulted her. I remember feeling inspired, impressed, and in awe of Miller’s victim impact statement as Emily Doe when it came out in 2016. Miller brings that same level of strength and eloquence to this memoir.

When I read my favorite memoirists, I get this
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I still remember what a punch to the gut it was to read the victim impact statement from "Emily Doe" at Brock Turner's sentencing. Despite the fact that Brock Turner was actually caught in the act of sexually assaulting her, and despite the fact that he was found unanimously guilty on three separate charges, the judge presiding over his sentencing gave Turner only a 6 month sentence which really equated to a 3 month sentence due to time for 'good behavior'. The injustice of it all still burns ...more
“You took away
My worth, my privacy,
My energy,
My time,
My safety,
My intimacy,
My confidence,
My own voice,
Until today.”

This story is fucking incredible, moving, brilliant. I don't really have words to describe how this story moved me and how I think it's one of the best of the year and how everyone needs to read this. It's the true story of Chanel Miller, a girl who was raped behind a dumpster on Stanford's campus in 2015. I was moved to tears many times while reading this because I can't imagine
Sep 05, 2019 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts  ·  review of another edition
I still remember reading her statement back in 2016 and the feelings it evoked so I cannot even imagine how much more powerful and impactful this would be
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Can't say enough good things about this one.
More thoughts about it here:
Updated November 20, 2019.

I decided to read Know My Name for BookOfCinz November read because I felt it beyond important.

I have no words. I was moved to tears and anger so many times while reading this book. I don't know why in the year 2019 women are still fighting this battle. Chanel Miller is one brave woman, I can not even begin to imagine or put into word her bravery. I have so much to say, but I feel like its been said already by much more eloquent persons.

I do recommend EVERYONE
Rachel Reads Ravenously

Nonfiction November is a month long reading initiative that challenges you to read four or more nonfiction books during the month of November.

5 stars

This is the powerful memoir of Chanel Miller, also known as Emily Doe, the woman who was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner.

In this book Chanel details the events surrounding her trial and after, and the impact this sexual assault had on her life. The entire book my heart went out to this young woman for the unfairness of everything that
Chanel Miller’s memoir Know My Name is aptly titled; the name Brock Turner is known by most Americans who watch the news, while Miller was known for years only as ‘Emily Doe,’ the nameless, faceless girl that he attempted to rape at a Stanford frat party in January 2015. Turner’s case gained notoriety after his sentencing where he received only 6 months of prison time – he only served 3 – and Miller’s victim impact statement was published to Buzzfeed, receiving millions of hits and sparking ...more
Alysha DeShaé
I've calmed down a bit since I wrote my very short letter/review to Chanel last night. I'm still raw and emotional, though, but I feel that I managed to type up something a little more like a review.

But how do you review a book like this? "I liked the part where she talked about how painful everything is." What? Really?! Like, it's all painful! And you liked it? Geez, okay. ... See? It's hard. It's especially hard when you know exactly how hard it is to come forward with something like
Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
This is the memoir of the woman who was raped by Brock Turner. She remained anonymous in the initial report but now she has come forward not just with a name but also with a story.

I think I need to read this.
April (Aprilius Maximus)
“You have to hold out to see how your life unfolds, because it is most likely beyond what you can imagine. It is not a question of if you will survive this, but what beautiful things await you when you do.”

・゚: *・゚:* 5 s t a r s *:・゚*:・゚

One of the most powerful, well-written memoirs I've ever read and one I will definitely be purchasing for my shelves.

“What we needed to raise in others was this instinct. The ability to recognize, in an instant, right from wrong. The clarity of mind to face it
You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my safety, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today.
Chanel Miller was raped on Sunday, 18 January 2015.

I was raped three days earlier (80 hours before Chanel was, if you take time zones into account). Once I saw that date in print and realised how little time separated our experiences, I couldn’t help but see her story personally. So this is going to be a different review than I would usually write. Feel free to skip the
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
I know this won't be an easy read but I have to read this. I still saw articles yesterday when this book was announced titled stuff like "Victim of Stanford swimmer Brock Turner" so I've made it my life goal to be Philip DeFranco and relentlessly say "convicted rapist" and "Brock Turner" as frequently in the same sentence as possible. We need to remember her name. Chanel Miller. Remember it.
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before I start my review about this book and my thoughts on Chanel's writing, I want to discuss about what happened. Cue thoughts below in a long intro. Before her statement went viral on Buzzfeed, I actually read about what happened in 2015 because the Stanford college newspaper wrote a story about it. At the time, I was in HS and in charge of monitoring my HS newspaper's website, and I used to go through other high schools' newspaper websites, as well as other colleges. I began to naturally ...more
Skyler Autumn
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dare anyone not to give this book 5 stars.

Jokes aside, I don't think you can rate books like this. It's less about the execution, or how "interested" or "entertained" you are while reading. Its just about sharing these stories, and this is definitely a story that needs to be shared.
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
American women have made great progress in many respects since 1971 when Helen Reddy sang:
“I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore.”

But no matter how much we roar, we still can’t seem to get any real traction when it comes to sexual assault and harassment. When women seek justice, the man is often seen as the victim. The woman is vilified and blamed. How dare she try to ruin his reputation and derail him from his career path? She shouldn’t have been drinking. She shouldn’t have
Ameema Saeed
Just finished Chanel Miller’s memoir (& manifesto) “Know My Name”, and WOW.

We knew Chanel Miller was a powerful writer, when we read her victim impact statement on Buzzfeed, on Facebook, picked up by newspapers, and trending around the world, a few years ago, but this book is phenomenal.

Searing, vulnerable, incisive, raw, beautiful, unflinching. full of light - this is more than Chanel Miller’s memoir, it is an indictment of the US judicial system; of university & colleges without
Natalie Daher
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clear-eyed, funny, essential account from a woman you'd be lucky to call a friend.
Robin Bonne
I have a deep respect for Chanel Miller.
Anne ✨
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography-memoir

A stunning memoir! This is a top read of the year for me, and earns a spot in my all-time favorite memoirs.

Chanel Miller was the victim in the 2015 high-profile case of the Stanford student athlete who sexually assaulted her while she lay unconscious outside a frat party.

Her identity had been protected, (referred to as "Emily Doe" in court documents). Now she's come forward to tell her story, as she reclaims her life and self-worth, and becomes a
ALL THE STARS. Seriously. All. the. Freaking. Stars.

“What was unique about this crime, was that the perpetrator could suggest the victim experienced pleasure and people wouldn't bat an eye. There's no such thing as a good stabbing or bad stabbing, consensual murder or nonconsensual murder.”

“Little girls don’t stay little forever, Kyle Stephens said. They turn into strong women who return to destroy your world.”

Until reading her victim impact statement in 2016, then as Emily Doe, I had never
Karen Chaney Long
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Powerful but drones on

I remember when this was in the news and as a Me Too, was very angry at Brock about using "the poor jock whose life was over because of being accused of rape." I'm glad I read your book. Very informative on the degrading legal system.

What I didn't like was all the rehashing of the story line. But I get. That is what it takes to get thru all the mess.

I am truly sorry for your loss Ms. Chanel. I'm 67 now and my rape happened when I was 5 thru 17. I tried to tell. No one
Never Without a Book
A must read.
Elle Rudy
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
We are a society obsessed with monsters. We track mass murderers like athletes, each snuffed life another tally added to their total stats. Serial killers receive their own classification, often including sexual transgressions. They’re followed and discussed, known by name, number of victims, means of violence, etc. We learn about their families, their mindset, their jobs, their lives. We learn the entire person, culminating in the human-shaped creature staring back at us through our screens. We ...more
Diane Yannick
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chanel, I applaud you for telling your story your way. You waited until you were ready then you told it with details and clarity. You didn’t try to make yourself look good by minimizing your missteps prior to the assault. You just laid it out there and proceeded to tell your truth. You never stood a fair chance against the “Stanford Swimmer” with the bright future. Yet, you believed in the system and played by their rules. Your life was put on hold and forever changed by a man who could not take ...more
Emily Mccullough
I read this entire book in one sitting. Chanel Miller has such a raw and powerful voice that carries us step by step through her horrifying experience. I felt like I was her. Like I'd slipped into her skin. That's how intimate her writing is. Her story made me cry. Her story made me angry, thinking about my own past of sexual abuse and that this is the norm for women. We grow up expecting for someone to try and assault us at some point. It's not a matter of 'if' but 'when.' My heart bleeds for ...more
Maggie Chidester
No Just no words.
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
To the faceless, the ones who remain anonymous. We each have a name. You have taught me to be proud of mine.

This is a memoir like no other - compelling, powerful, emotionally draining but uplifting at the same time. Chanel Miller is more than a rape victim, a survivor, an inspiration. She is also a helluva writer. She has a masterful ability to translate her innermost thoughts and anguish into words that allow the reader to gaze into her tortured psyche throughout her whole ordeal from the
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I vividly remember the story of two guys on bicycles who stopped a Stanford freshman from further sexually assaulting an unresponsive, half naked woman, behind a dumpster. This in her story. Her writing is elegant, powerful, searing, unapologetic and masterful.

This book offers many takeaways but I will mention three. 1. HAVING NO MEMORY OF AN ASSAULT CAN MAKE IT WORSE. Chanel had no idea what happened to her until weeks later when she read about it in a newspaper and her amnesia allowed the
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement
  • Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators
  • Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life
  • Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love
  • The Witches Are Coming
  • Inside Out
  • Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion
  • In the Dream House
  • The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of September 11, 2001
  • Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me
  • Red at the Bone
  • How We Fight For Our Lives
  • Three Women
  • Unfollow: A Journey from Hatred to Hope
  • The Testaments (The Handmaid's Tale, #2)
  • My Friend Anna
  • Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl: A Memoir
  • The Dutch House
See similar books…
Chanel Miller is a writer and artist who received her BA in Literature from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She lives in San Francisco, California.

(source: Amazon)
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »
“In fact I need you to know it was all true. The friendly guy who helps you move and assists senior citizens in the pool is the same guy who assaulted me. One person can be capable of both. Society often fails to wrap its head around the fact that these truths often coexist, they are not mutually exclusive. Bad qualities can hide inside a good person. That's the terrifying part.” 44 likes
“I survived because I remained soft, because I listened, because I wrote. Because I huddled close to my truth, protected it like a tiny flame in a terrible storm. Hold up your head when the tears come, when you are mocked, insulted, questioned, threatened, when they tell you you are nothing, when your body is reduced to openings. The journey will be longer than you imagined, trauma will find you again and again. Do not become the ones who hurt you. Stay tender with your power. Never fight to injure, fight to uplift. Fight because you know that in this life, you deserve safety, joy, and freedom. Fight because it is your life. Not anyone else’s. I did it, I am here. Looking back, all the ones who doubted or hurt or nearly conquered me faded away, and I am the only one standing. So now, the time has come. I dust myself off, and go on.” 28 likes
More quotes…