*Disclaimer: this book review will include discussions of rape and sexual assault*
I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads and it could easily have been a 5.
This book challenges a well held belief, the idea that woman are ‘asking for it’ when it comes to rape and sexual assault.
Emma O’Donovan is the queen bee, she’s beautiful, confident and the life of the party. But one morning after a party she wakes up on her front porch and can’t remember what’s happened to her. And then the photos appear online.
When you’re reading this book and following Emma in her life you don’t like her. She’s rude, cruel to her friends and focuses on how she can improve her standing within her society.
She’s the typical story that people hear on the news and think “well she was asking for it wasn’t she”. But in this book the story doesn’t end at the rape. It doesn’t let the reader off with that opinion.
After the rape the reader stays with Emma, through her eyes you experience the judgement, the online hate, the emotional impact and the isolation caused by the assault.
It is a beautifully written book but it’s also very easy to read, it didn’t take me long at all but it held my attention throughout. When I wasn’t reading it I wanted to be reading it.
I cannot recommend this book enough, I think this should be given to all high school students to read. Actually I think everyone should have to read it. It’s important.