The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
Published October 10th 2017 by Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
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.
Thank you, HarperCollins and Edelweiss, for sending me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Trigger warning: sexual abuse.
This book just wow-ed me with how good it was. Probably one of the best feminist YA books I’ve read. Where do I even start talking about this?
The book focuses on the three main Nowhere Girls:
Grace – who had just moved to town after her mother had been kicked out of their old congregation
Rosina – a hispanic queer girl who honestly just deserves a break
Erin – an intellectual bad ass with Asperger’s, also an all around science nerd.
The writing style of this book was great! I love the little cuts in between major chapters: small glimpses into the lives of girls going to that school and. It shows different perspectives and the issues they face beneath the image they project to everyone. I loved how the book was diverse without it seeming to try too hard – we have queer girls, trans girls, conservative girls, religious girls. Just, girls being awesome!
I this book is coming of age and tackled issues like sexism, rape culture, victim blaming, misogyny, racism, being sex positive, consent, as well as discovering one’s own gender identity and sexuality. We see girls talking about this, about their own internalised misogyny, and how they’re trying to mend that. How they’re trying to fight for equality and have their voices be heard.
The major theme here was sexism, and just how guys in their area viewed women in general, and seeing those lines written made me sick to my stomach. It did, but it was important, it’s an eye opener cause there are some people who do have these views.
The plot was a bit slow for me at the start, but it picks up the pace and keeps going before half of the book. This book gave me the satisfying closure I needed for books like Asking For It, and even What We Saw.
There are two things though that I dont like:
One: This certain line in the book, with this character talking about his trans sister, and it’s pretty offensive, implying trans people choose to be trans. CAN WE NOT.
Two: I don’t like about this though was how it was all wrapped up. There were a lot of loose ends and I wanted to know how those would turn out.
Overall, it’s such a great book! Go and check it out, it sends an important message and needs to be heard by everyone!