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 every girl. 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.
Misfits? Young girls banding together? Feminism and toxic misogynist culture? The Nowhere Girls checked all my boxes. As the summary states, it’s about three not so “cool” girls forming an anonymous group known as the Nowhere Girls to avenge the rape of a former student, Lucy Moynihan. I was hoping that I would read about a badass group of girls that work together and do badass things and start a high school revolution and also learn new things about themselves along the way. The Nowhere Girls did not disappoint me at all! This novel marks my first book of 2018 and if the trend is true, I’m starting off my reading year on a high note!
Although this book featured strong coming of age stories, it also was quite the sad read. Many a times did girls speak about their history of sexual assault among each other, trying to understand what constituted as assault or not. These characters talking openly in a loving and supportive space was both hopeful but extremely heartbreaking. I think the reason those scenes in particular hit my chest is because we all know someone- whether it be ourselves or someone in close proximity to us- that has experienced a form of sexual misconduct. I can attest to the fact that Amy Reed did a wonderful job at conveying the book’s literary as well as emotional message.
As for the next book I plan on reading this year, that will be The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith. Look out for the review of that soon!
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