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Powerful. Inspiring. Important. Taking three girls' POV stories and mixing them with anonymous and semi-anonymous thoughts from other girls in town, The Nowhere Girls tackles rape culture in an important way.
Grace’s mom is a pastor, recently kicked out of their southern church. Now, Grace is the new girl in a small Oregon town. Her faith is present, but not overwhelming. Rosina is a queer girl who wants more than her conservative Mexican family offers. She isn’t afraid to rebel, but is afraid that the more she pushes back – the more she may lose her family. Erin is on the spectrum, planning her day minute by minute and idolizing Data from Star Trek TNG. She approaches new territory for herself and pushes to do what she knows is right, despite her own secrets and issues.
When Grace discovers that the former owner of her new room, Lucy, was raped and run out of town, she knows she needs to do something. Together with Rosina and Erin, they form an anonymous group and invite the girls of their high school to gather and talk about the situation. The ultimate goal is to find a way to get justice for Lucy... along the way the girls have important conversations, disagreements, and learn things about themselves and their friends.
I loved reading this book. It was not always easy, but these conversations shouldn't be. The powerful message that we are stronger together and that everyone has a different point of view on similar topics was executed wonderfully. I felt educated on so many different points of view and, ultimately, hopeful at the end.
"A call-to-action to everyone out there who wants to fight back." --Bustle "Subversive anti-sexism--just try to put it down." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Cuts straight to the core of rape culture--masterfully fierce, stirring, and deeply empowering." --Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used to Be
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.