So I absolutely ADORED The Nowhere Girls.
Pretty cover?* Check. Important messages? Check. Great characters? Check. AND SO MUCH MORE.
It was just such an inspiring book, and it’s something that I feel EVERYONE needs to read, because it’s just so so powerful. It made me feel all sorts of emotions—sadness, anger, frustration, hope, bittersweetness… I’M JUST A MESS FROM THIS BOOK OKAY.
Just read it pleeeeeeease.
*Obviously this comes first.
Amy Reed // October 10, 2017
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.
[synopsis taken from goodreads]
Thank you to Simon & Schuster for generously providing me with a beautiful review copy! This did not affect my opinion in any way.
view my review on goodreads HERE!
REASONS TO READ THIS
- It tackles rape culture and shows you just why the world is so messed up. Like, of course, a girl who’s raped by three guys definitely is trying to get attention, and not, idk, MAYBE TRYING TO REPORT THIS AWFUL & SICKENING CRIME????
- But not only does it just portray so many horrible assumptions and behaviors towards rape, but it also talks about how even tho some rapists get punished, some get punished less because of the fact that they’re white or rich or “don’t look like a rapist”.
- And it ALSO talks about how, while a rapist may go to jail for their actions, the victim will never be the same again, no matter what happens to the rapist. I think this is something SUPER important that people forget, so it’s great that this book included it.
- It discusses sexism and horrible views on girls in a well-written, realistic way. We read from the perspective of someone who actually like,, HATES girls and thinks them good for only “f*cking and making meals”* and while it’s vile and horrifying that humans think of other humans this way, it’s definitely realistic???
- This book is honestly so quotable that I wish I could share it all with you, but let’s just say that many many parts of this book made me want to actually literally HURT someone because what was written was true and it SHOULDN’T BE. It was just so. realistic. and completely eye-opening.
- IT. IS. REAL. This is the real deal. It tackles REAL topics and talks about REAL things that are happening right now in this world, believe it or not. It seems horrible, it seems unfair, it seems absolutely disgusting—but it is REAL and that is why this book is just so, so powerful.
- Okay, now that I’m done with just the message part of it: There is so much diversity! Grace is “fat”, Rosina is Mexican and lesbian, and Erin has Asperger’s. Like um,, yes?? Where is this diverse cast of main characters in other books????
- LOOK AT THAT PRETTY COVER.
- The individual character arcs are amazing. The characters grow SO MUCH throughout the whole book and it’s just beautiful to read about?? Grace becomes more confident in herself despite the size of her body, Rosina learns to embrace herself even tho it may not be the person her family wants her to be, and Erin slowly heals from her own *SPOILER* rape *END* and lets others in.
- NO. GIRL. HATE. Um??? yes??? please??? There WERE some slut-shaming comments but it was the girls all bonded over their fight for rights and respect. They were all so supportive of each other and it was just beautiful.
- The writing is so pretty?? There were also multiple POVs that were mostly the main characters’, but then there was also an “Us” chapter, and IT WAS WRITTEN SO LYRICALLY and beautifully?? It just added so much more to the story.
- Also it was in third person and 1) I LOVE THIRD PERSON WITH ALL OF MY HEART, and 2) how often are contemporaries in third person????
*I HATE THIS GUY WITH MY WHOLE BODY, HEART, AND SOUL I HATE HIM I HATE HIM I HATE HIM.
- The whole book is really slow-moving, but I think it just feels that way because this is SUCH a heavy and gritty topic. Still, it was pretty hard to just really FOCUS on the book (especially when I got blindly angry at stupid characters and the stupid world and AHDJALKFKSKA).
- The ending is a… good ending. I don’t want to spoil it, and there’s NOTHING wrong, but I just want to say that while it was a good ending, it’s not necessarily realistic. It doesn’t need to be, BUT I just wanted to make that clear. :))
- We were introduced to a VERY IMPORTANT CHARACTER in like the last 50 pages?? And this character was vital to the ending of the book??? Like if they are important to the book’s ending, I’d like to read about them a little before, you know, the end????
- There was also a really offensive part concerning trans people. It was said by the brother of a trans guy, and it wasn’t called out on??? He said, “If I wanted to be a chick […]”
- I think the point of this was to point out sexism: if he “wanted” to be a girl, his parents wouldn’t let him, but if a daughter “wanted” to be a boy, his parents would be allow it. BUT. This is really offensive because trans people don’t WANT to be that gender? They ARE that gender.
- There were so many characters that I just got confused sometimes??? (And by these characters, I mean the members of the Nowhere Girls).
such an important & inspiring message, realistic, well-written, beautiful characters, EVERYONE JUST READ THIS
Just READ THIS BOOK. It has such an powerful message in our world today, and the characters are honestly just beautiful, including their arcs. The whole book is written gorgeously.
AND DO YOU SEE THAT COVER???? THAT COVER THOOOOO.
do you want to read the nowhere girls? are you a feminist? how do you feel about the way rape is being treated currently? what are some feminist books/books with important messages??? I LOVE THEM
P.S. i’m posting this a day late bc i was traveling all of yesterday and i THOUGHT the post would be ready… but no