Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Rape Girl

Finished October 10
Rape Girl by Alina Klein

This short teen novel deals with the difficult subject of rape. The main character Valerie is sixteen, and has a house party when her mom is away for the weekend. But it isn't the party that is the issue here, it is what happens later. A boy she likes comes into her house uninvited and doesn't take no for an answer. Luckily, Valerie tells her mom soon after and the police take the case seriously.
But Valerie finds a backlash, where many of her friends don't believe her, and the guys at school stand up for their friend. Valerie's life has become much more difficult and she begins to question why she came forward. Her mom is sad, her brother is angry, and she is both, sometimes at the same time.
The author dealt with rape at a similar age, and wanted to deal with this story in a real way.
This is an important subject, and this book addresses a lot of the issues around rape by someone you like in a honest and real way.

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