Rape Girl by Alina Klein
Published June 5th 2012 by namelosARC review copy was provided by publisher through Netgalley. Thank you!
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.
Alina Klein lives in Indiana with her husband, two sons, and a quirky assortment of pets, including both a tortoise and a hare. When she isn’t reading or writing you might find her foraging for wild edibles, hauling random materials around her yard to create pretty things for her garden, or snapping amusing photos of her children and guinea fowl. Alina volunteers as an Assistant Regional Adviser for The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Rape Girl is her first novel.
Books about that kind of topic can be boring, heavy to read or unnatural. Rape Girl wasn’t like that, but it gave me a lot of emotions – just what it should do!
Valerie is a girl I’d like to be friends with and I became one while reading this book. Maybe that’s why I felt her emotions, literary. I was close to destroying my e-reader because of it. I was so mad and furious, I wanted to scream, to cry… Just how everything that happened to her was unfair.
This is a must-read. Why? Because it’s not an average rape-story. It’s confusing in some parts, when every character in this book wasn't sure if it was a rape or… Or something else?
Not only Alina’s book made me cry – her own life story made me cry too. Why? She was raped too, when she was 16. In her own bedroom. I think her own experience makes this book so special – so real.
It’s short but it doesn’t make it worse. It’s just condensed. Don’t read it if you want some nice romance or something like that – better prepare a box of tissues.
What do you think?