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Rape Girl by Alina Klein
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This review can also be found on Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell-blog.



You've seen the title, you don't need to read the blurb. You already know what happens. Question isn't when or where or even how. It happens. Rape happens, and this is a story of one survivor.

This is a story about how that one moment changes everything. How it changes people around you, strangers as well as family and friends. How it turns reasonable explanations into malicious comments. How gifts aren't simple gifts anymore but something more distressing.

The rape itself isn't shown, but Valerie relives through it as she tries to cope with the ramifications. She has her family around her, her mother, little sister, and even her somewhat absent big brother. She has friends, and she doesn't have friends. There are other adults involved as well. Everyone has an opinion of what happened or didn't happen they either want to share with her or shove it down her throat.

And that's how it is in real life. Rape is everyone's business. No wonder so many--too many--go unreported.

While I loved the realistic touch of the story, the simplicity of the events unfolding, and Valerie's reaction to them, I also thought it could have been done better. For example, I doubt Valerie's little sister could have escaped the situation as unscathed as she appeared to both in school and at home. It was strange that the house, her home, where it happened never felt unsafe to Valerie, not even for a moment. I bought the anger, the hurt, the depression, guilt for feeling like a normal teenager for two seconds, and every other feeling, just not the ease of it.

I'm not a rape survivor, I'm one of the lucky ones, and yet one of the scariest moments I've read was in this book--the moment when Valerie has to face her rapist. I wanted to scream and shout how could it be?! when I know--or think I know--how easy it is for man to think like that.

I saw Angela suggest in her review that this should be compulsory reading in high schools. I have to agree:

Now repeat after me: no means NO! No exceptions.


I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

I just transferred this on to my nook today. I then left my nook at home and drove 4 hours. Sigh.


rameau Coincidentally, that's about how long it took me to read this.


Angela I found some statistics for the UK from 2011. I added them to the comments on my review for this book.


message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

Happy joy, actually, because I found my nook buried in my bag. I'll have more intelligent things to say later today.


rameau Gisellelx wrote: "Happy joy, actually, because I found my nook buried in my bag. I'll have more intelligent things to say later today."

Looking forward to them.


Angela I never thought about the obvious effects it would have on her little sister, or the house feeling unsafe for Valerie until I read your review. Thanks for pointing that out.

If I had thought of it I don't think it would have changed my rating if I'm honest but I would have mentioned it.


rameau Angela wrote: "I never thought about the obvious effects it would have on her little sister, or the house feeling unsafe for Valerie until I read your review. Thanks for pointing that out. "

I didn't even think about it until later in the story. I think Valerie was talking to her brother or little before that I noticed it, but it wasn't why I rated this book four stars. As effective as the story is, it just didn't have that five star swept of my feet effect some books do, for me.


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