What an extremely apt title for this book. Romy is so full of anger; and as the reader and as a woman, I raged right along with her. What this young girl has experienced is so extremely unfair, and it absolutely broke my heart. This is a hard subject matter for me, but I have enjoyed Courtney Summers' previous writing and didn’t want to miss out on the story she had to tell. Her story hurt me, but she certainly didn’t disappoint me. Though it is easy to shy away from a story that involves this kind of abuse, it’s so important to read because while Romy may be fictional – her story is not.
“... how do you get a girl to stop crying? You cover her mouth.”
What’s worse than being assaulted by the sheriff’s son, the town’s golden boy? Being called a liar and then being bullied for it. This story follows Romy in the aftermath as she tries to deal with the rage from her assault as well as being turned into a social outcast for trying to report it. Romy struggles to change her role of victim to survivor; and in a surprising turn of events, she has a decision to make: come forward once again in the hope of sparing someone else her fate or keep quiet and try to live with her silence.
“You should have believed me.”
This book is a heart-wrenching but very realistic look at what happens when society fails a victim. It is sad, it is unfair, and it happens in real life every day. Captivating writing tells a powerful story that will touch hearts and lives and should not be missed.
Thank you to the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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