Friday, November 2, 2012

Book Review: Rape Girl

Title Rape Girl

Author Alina Klein

Release Date September 1, 2012

Valerie always wanted to be the smart girl. The pretty girl. The popular girl.

But not the rape girl..

That’s who she is now. Rape Girl. Because everyone seems to think they know the truth about what happened with Adam that day, and they don’t think Valerie’s telling it..

Before, she had a best friend, a crush, and a close-knit family. After, she has a court case, a support group, and a house full of strangers..

The real truth is, nothing will ever be the same..

Rape Girl is the compelling story of a survivor who does the right thing and suffers for it. It is also the story of a young woman’s struggle to find the strength to fight back.

I was immediately drawn to Rape Girl whenever I read the blurb. I wanted to know what really happened with Valerie and Adam.

This was a really good book. There were many times when my heart hurt for Valerie and I wanted to reach into the book and hug her for days. I think it was pretty spot on as far as Valerie's reaction (right down to her doubting whether or not she made the right choice in telling on Adam) and the reaction of her family, friends, and school.

I liked that Klein took a look at a serious subject without being overly graphic and violent about it. While that can definitely be an effective way to tell a story, Rape Girl didn't need to be that book in order to get the point across. She did a fantastic job at getting me emotionally invested in Valerie's story without excess violence or graphicness.

The book was a little shorter than I would have liked. The story did wrap up, but it was over far too quickly for me.


3.5 out of 5 stars

This book was received from Netgalley for review.

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