Becca von Zweck's Reviews > The Nowhere Girls
The Nowhere Girls
The Nowhere Girls is one of the most powerful books I've read this year. I've described as a 2.0 to Jennifer Mathieu's Moxie (which I was very meh about) because it's so much more diverse and tackles a wider range of issues among young women. It follows a group of girls who start a club at their highschool to protest rape culture and stand up to their sexist classmates, namely the three boys who were accused of rape by a girl who formerly attended the school. Although there are 3 main characters from which we're given different points of view, there are also various perspectives scattered throughout the book from anonymous girls of all different types, experiencing all manner of sexism and discrimination. It made the book feel all the more raw, as it really highlighted the ugly stuff that many teens girls and women experience. As for the diversity, all 3 of the main characters are diverse: Rosina is a latina lesbian, Grace is fat and Erin is autistic. They're each vastly different from one another and come from very different backgrounds and households. As an autistic person myself, I felt that Erin's character was a very accurate representation of a teen with autism, even if I couldn't relate to her completely. Every autistic person is different, so all kinds of rep is important! I did relate to her in many ways too. The way she came off rude and blunt at times without necessarily meaning to, her strong desire for alone time and to be left to her special interests, her difficulty expressing herself in a way people understood. Erin did have some stereotypical mannerisms and traits but the author addressed that on page, and I felt that overall she gave a very educated portrayal of an autistic person. Some people may call her an ‘unlikable’ character because of some of her behaviors but hey that’s their problem, because unfortunately people tend to not like complicated female characters, especially non neurotypical ones. Erin just says what she thinks outright, no bullshit. Rosina was a very feisty character with a sharp tongue and Grace was shy but strong willed and determined to bring justice to the girl who was raped by three boys at her school and bullied into silence. Together, I thought they made a very dynamic trio.
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