I’m on a run of really good books lately, today it’s The Nowhere Girls. As well as my review there is also a giveaway that you should definitely be checking out, only for those in the US though.
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.
The Nowhere Girls will be published on 10th October 2017
Another favourite for the list, I can’t believe that I’ve had such a good run recently.
The Nowhere Girls is phenomenal, it has such a strong and inspiring message, looking at misogyny and rape culture and how it can be challenged. What’s wonderful about it though is that it feels like a conversation as opposed to a mandate, it explores different women’s opinions in a way that makes it clear that those opinions are valid in the debate.
That might not make sense unless you read, so go read it!!
The characters were brilliant, whilst the reader gets to hear from a variety of people the three main characters and the founders of The Nowhere Girls are Grace, Rosina, and Erin. I loved all of them, I liked that they were the misfits to begin with and that through their actions they become part of this large and supportive group. The three of them have such different personalities but I liked how they gelled together.
I love how Grace finds her strength in helping others and finds people that truly like her for who she is.
Rosina puts up a good front but it was really nice to see her become vulnerable around Melissa and I loved the relationship between her and Erin.
Erin was my favourite, how she manages to be herself and be unapologetic for it whilst dealing with a lot of situations she isn’t used to.
Getting glimpses into the other girl’s lives and also the nameless thoughts gives the story another dimension, it provides a lot of different perspectives especially with regards to sex and I think is a brilliant way to highlight that there is not one size fits all when it comes to sex or sexuality.
The Nowhere Girls really makes you think about what you can achieve if you put your mind to something and how we should all be more supportive of one another especially when going against societal norms.
I don’t really know what else to say except that I believe that this is a very important book, anything that can create conversation on sex, consent, and rape is. It’s a book that I wish I had access to when I was younger so that maybe I wouldn’t have felt so ashamed of my feelings towards sex and sexuality. I highly recommend it.
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Amy Reed was born and raised in and around Seattle, where she attended a total of eight schools by the time she was eighteen. Constant moving taught her to be restless and being an only child made her imagination do funny things. After a brief stint at Reed College (no relation), she moved to San Francisco and spent the next several years serving coffee and getting into trouble. She eventually graduated from film school, promptly decided she wanted nothing to do with filmmaking, returned to her original and impractical love of writing, and earned her MFA from New College of California. Her short work has been published in journals such as Kitchen Sink, Contrary, and Fiction. Amy currently lives in Oakland with her husband and two cats, and has accepted that Northern California has replaced the Pacific Northwest as her home. She is no longer restless. Find out more at amyreedfiction.com.
Content warning: rape, sexual assault