THE NOWHERE GIRLSAuthor: Amy Reed
Source: ARC via Publisher
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.
Who are the Nowhere Girls?
They’re everygirl. But they start with just three:
Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.
Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.
Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android.
When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students.
Told in alternating perspectives, this groundbreaking novel is an indictment of rape culture and explores with bold honesty the deepest questions about teen girls and sexuality.
Purchase:Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and decided to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion of the book.
I loved this one a lot but also had a couple issues with it that I hope are changed in the finished copy. But there was such a powerful story here with giving us three narrators and women who are not usually depicted in mainstream media or feminism so we got to see intersectionality and ingrained racism in a way I have not seen before in a novel with this topic. I liked the vignettes that showed us just how hard it is to be a teenage girl and how other girls struggled with the same things that Grace, Rosina, and Erin had to deal with in their own lives. However, please be warned that this book is triggering if you have dealt with sexual assault, racism, and there is a line that is transphobic that I hope is edited before final printing.