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Everyone thinks they know what happened between Valerie and Adam that night at the party, so they start calling her “Rape Girl” and many of her friends start to vanish. Will life ever return to normal? One thing is for sure: nothing will ever be the same.
Heartache. Anger. Pity. Sympathy. Bull. Yes, Bull. I want to be the spoken voice for Valerie. Reach out to everyone who turned their back on any woman raped, but never heard. If you or a friend has ever been raped or molested, this book will strike a chord that resonates through your being.
Klein wrote the voice of people in this position extremely well. A teen forced to have sex with a classmate speaks up and is never heard. She must live with the emotional strife, the guilt, the torment. Valerie is a character that you connect with no matter if you’ve been in this situation or not. You feel her pain, her grief.
As far as the pace, some of the chapters were slower. I wish there was a bit more development of the other characters, but of course, this was all about the one suffering. I have never read a book about someone who has been raped, while written in the first person. This is brilliant.
This is a wonderful coming of age story, one that would help any teen who has been raped or molested. This should be on every counselor’s shelf, behind every teacher’s desk, and in the hand of teen’s everywhere.