Sep 15, 2012

On My Bookshelf : Rape Girl by Alina Klein

Posted by Emily at Saturday, September 15, 2012

On My Bookshelf :Rape Girl by Alina Klein
Source: *Netgalley
Format: E-book
Publisher: namelos
Pagecount:126 Pages
Publication Date:
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Summary: Valerie always wanted to be the smart girl. The pretty girl. The popular girl.

But not the rape girl.

That’s who she is now. Rape Girl. Because everyone seems to think they know the truth about what happened with Adam that day, and they don’t think Valerie’s telling it.

Before, she had a best friend, a crush, and a close-knit family. After, she has a court case, a support group, and a house full of strangers.

The real truth is, nothing will ever be the same.

Rape Girl is the compelling story of a survivor who does the right thing and suffers for it. It is also the story of a young woman’s struggle to find the strength to fight back.

My Review: 
I read this book in one sitting, engulfing it, despite this being one of those books i'm surprised I read. I was searching through Netgalley, and quite a few pages into the YA section, there was a book that somehow caught my attention, it was called Rape Girl.
I normally don't read books this clearly... adult in subject matter(i've only read one other book on the subject, and that was only because everyone was raving about it), but for some reason I requested this one.
And i'm glad I did.
This isn't only a book about a girl who was raped ,it's a book about a courageous girl trying to find strength, stand up for herself.
It's one of those books where the entire time you're reading you wish you could have helped the main character, that the entire time you hope the last sentence will be, 'and then I woke up and it was all a dream.'
This book really played with my emotions. I hated the main character at points even while I loved her, the book made me feel appalled, angry, horrified,  and it was amazingly, unflinchingly, honest- the author shied away from nothing, which I really respect. I have trouble writing kissing scenes between my characters- this author is fearless.
I think I knew from the title, quite obviously, what kind of story this was, but I didn't think it would affect me this much- I came out from this story changed. I'm not entirely sure how, but it changed my perspective on a lot of things.
It's also amazing how brave the author is- many girls won't even tell if they get raped, and this author not only tells everyone, but writes a book about it, which is amazing.
Overall, I really recommend this book. It's amazing. Five out of five stars!


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