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Contributor(s): Blount, Patty

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ISBN: 1492632813     ISBN-13: 9781492632818
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: August 2018

Annotation: Two years after she was raped, Ashley, now a high school junior and still struggling with everyday life, sees her family falling apart. Includes resources about sexualized violence and rape culture.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Rape; Fiction.
Brothers and sisters; Fiction.
Family problems; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017061768
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.50" W x 1.00" (0.78 lbs) 358 pages
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Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

A timely novel by Blount (Some Boys) examines how a rape continues to affect a survivor and her family years after the assault. High schooler Ashley Lawrence was sexually assaulted freshman year by her crush—her brother Derek's football teammate, who was trying to score points for a sort of sexual scavenger hunt. Now filled with rage, pain, and confusion, she tries to find a new normal, while Derek, away at college, struggles with guilt for standing up for his teammate, instead of his sister, when the rape case went to trial. Meanwhile, their parents' once-happy marriage is dissolving, Ashley's oldest brother has moved back home, and the siblings' mother wants the whole family together to share a meal for Thanksgiving. Although the story is formulaic, the alternating viewpoints between Ashley and Derek deepen readers' understanding of their inner lives, and the story sends a powerful message about rape culture and the ways it's perpetuated by survivor shaming, toxic masculinity, and the tacit acceptance of harassment. Ages 14–up. Agent: Gregory Evan, Ethan Ellenberg Literary. (Aug.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 July)

Gr 9 Up—Freshman Ashley Lawrence was a victim of a rape during Homecoming and now tries to face her fears of that trauma while leading a "normal" life. Her brother, Derek, is dealing with the remorse he feels for participating in the horrific scavenger hunt with his football team that ended in his sister's assault. Her parents are strained in their marriage, having been harassed for the football team's disbanding two years ago. Even her love interest, Sebastian, tries to express his feelings for Ashley without triggering her into a spiral of depression and PTSD symptoms. With chapters that jump back and forth between past and present, this narrative truly shows the life-changing ripple effect that rape can have on a person's life and on those around her. Blount has written a heartrending but much-needed view on this subject. This book provides a nuanced look at the toxicity of rape culture and the long-lasting and harming aftermath of sexual assault. VERDICT Recommended for all YA shelves.—Danielle Jacobs, Las Vegas Clark County Library District

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.
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