How did I get it?:
I bought it!
Who are the Nowhere Girls? They’re every girl. But they start with just three: Grace, the preacher’s daughter who unwittingly moved into the old house of a victim whose pain adorns the walls. Bold Rosina, whose heart has become hardened by all of the straight girls who broke it. And misunderstood Erin, the girl who finds more solace in science and order than she does in people.
They are brought together by the idea of changing the narrative of a girl they had never met, Lucy Moynihan, the victim of a sexual assault who was victimised further by people who found it easier to believe she had cried wolf than to confront what had really happened to her. A girl who, through the course of one evening, went from an excited teenager who felt wanted by a boy for the first time, to someone else entirely, with ‘a voice in the darkness, giving her a new name: Slut’. Together, they form the Nowhere Girls, and decide to avenge the rape of a girl none of them knew.
I knew that this book wasn’t necessarily going to be an easy read. It’s about rape culture. We know right from the start that this book is going to be heavy-going read. Yet I think it’s absolutely sensational. It is so harrowing, so raw, but so importantly, sadly, today. Especially with the #MeToo movement. The Nowhere Girls follows three girls, but includes snippets from many girls within the story.
Grace, Rosina and Erin are the girls we hear the most from. Grace is new to the city after moving when her Mum needed to find a new job. Rosina’s a strong character but with so many family duties and an ‘interesting’ relationship with her Mother. Erin has Asperger’s, her Mother is constantly trying to find ways to help Erin. All three girls may seem like an unusual friendship group, but their friendship works. Together, they form The Nowhere Girls. The Nowhere Girls join together to give the girls at school a voice. It encourages the girls to really think about what consent means.
I think it was clever how elements from others were slipped into the story. We got to see perspectives from many different viewpoints. Some of the girls felt very different to one another about sex and it was interesting to read such an open and honest dialogue between the female characters. There were also snippets from a male blog that did make my blood boil. Some of the comments about females were disgusting. However, this isn’t a male bashing book. There are some lovely male characters within the pages too.
I found this book quick to read but it certainly wasn’t an easy read. I went through a range of emotions including disgust, horror, heart-break and pride at how the girls were determined to stick up for what was right. It’s an incredibly powerful book which deserves to be read widely!
Would I recommend it?:
Of course!- with caution. It involves some very heavy content, so be prepared!