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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: namelos (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160898124X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608981243
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-While her mother is out of town for the weekend, Valerie, 16, throws a party, gets drunk, and is raped by one of the boys the following morning. The rape itself is briefly described. Rather, the novel focuses on its aftermath-how Valerie adjusts to being disbelieved (Adam says they had consensual sex) and losing her friends-but especially her internal struggle as she wonders how much of the blame is hers. This slim debut novel offers insight into the victim, as well as others directly and indirectly involved, but it is not as compelling or as well written as Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak (Farrar, 1999).-Melissa Stock, Arapahoe Library District, Englewood, COα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Klein’s debut is an old-fashioned problem novel in the best of senses. Straightforward, tempered, and quietly emotional, it sets up a situation and offers possible avenues for character growth, but it stops short of letting the protagonist follow those—they are for the reader to imagine. Valerie is traumatized after being raped by Adam, the boy she was crushing on, but almost as bad is the reaction of classmates after she presses charges. Everyone saw her willingly follow Adam into the den, and so they accuse her of trying to ruin his life. As strange as her new enemies are, her new friends are even stranger, including the feisty Latina she once punched in a fight and that old standby, the Cute Coffeehouse Boy. There is not always a lot of art to the prose—anyone who’s read books of this ilk will be thoroughly unsurprised—but its short size means it can be swallowed like a pill by those who need it most. A side note: most of the characters are Mormon, an interesting tweak, though one that mostly goes unexplored. Grades 7-10. --Daniel Kraus --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

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.

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Teenagers and adults would enjoy this book because it tells the story of a high school girl whom many teenagers cannot relate to, but should read about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Blackburn on May 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This little 125 page book was a powerful little read. This talented author started off strong and kept it going to the last word of the last page.

In my humble opinion, this book should be required reading for high school age boys and girls. A number of Goodreads reviewers have said it all regarding this book touching on multiple topics including drinking, friendship, family dynamics, and for the most part, they are dead on. This book was poignant and couldn't be more dead on if it tried. There are so many topics that this book touches upon with the least of it being date rape. I firmly believe that this is one of those books that could open a discussion and keep it going and be a learning lesson that our teens could sink their teeth into. This book has me speechless it was that good and that though provoking. Anyone who knows my reviews knows that is not an easy feat.

This book is the Ms. Klein's first attempt at a YA book and she did a SMASHING job!

Bravo, Ms. Klein, Bravo!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DebDlovesYA on September 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I have to tell you--RAPE GIRL was not an easy read. As I turned the pages, I was alternately horrified, furious, appalled, saddened, dismayed, frustrated, and yes, at the very end, hopeful. As the title suggests, this book is about a girl who was raped, and it doesn't pull punches. The author doesn't sensationalize, nor does she sugar coat with fancy prose. Instead, RAPE GIRL is an unflinchingly honest, all-too-possible account of a terrible crime committed against one teen girl, and an unflinchingly honest, all-too-possible account of what happens when that girl tries to stand up for herself and report it.

Like Daisy Whitney's The Mockingbirds, Rape Girl clearly shows how rape doesn't require being held at gun point, or having a knife jabbed into your throat. It shows how we, as a society, so desperately need to not only empower our daughters, but to also educate our sons on the responsibilities of accepting limits, respecting girls, and to teach them that entitlement and sex are two words that do not belong together. Ever.

In a limited number of words, this book manages to tackle the emotional rollercoaster that so many rape survivors experience and how overall, society still suffers from a "blame the victim" mentality. I cheered when the main character Valerie let go of the things she couldn't control--other people's perceptions--in order to be true to herself, while at the same time burned with the urge to punch the people voicing those ignorance-fueled perceptions in their respective faces.

This is a book worth reading, worth discussing with teens. Actually, I take that back. This is a book we NEED to discuss with our teens.

I'd also like to take a moment to applaud the author for the title.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Literary Meanderings on June 7, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Rape Girl is a short story about 16-year-old Valerie, a girl who lives an average teenage life - school, friends, parties, babysitting her younger sister... until it all changes during a party Valerie throws while her mom is out of town. Shortly following this party, she is raped; raped by a boy she thought she could trust - a boy she actually liked and wanted to get to know.

During Thanksgiving dinner, Valerie tells her mom the truth about what happened. This brings a whole new level of hurt to Valerie's doorstep, because, aside from her mom, no one seems to believe her.

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*Some spoilers ahead!*

I enjoyed this novel, as much as one can anyway, with such a touchy and sad subject. It's one that I find very hard to read about, fiction or not. Quite frankly, I hate the title of this book because it makes me uncomfortable. It just seems so crass and just, in your face. I guess that was probably the point, right?

Anyway, let me start out by saying that I had to take a star away because this book was just too short. The story takes off very fast. There wasn't really a need to ease into what we already know is going to happen, but I would have liked to get to know Valerie more. She had no personality. She was just a faceless teenage girl and that made it a little hard to connect with her. Not hard to sympathize, because as a woman, I automatically can - but knowing things about her specifically would have just made that even more intense.

Something I truly appreciated about this book was that the author seemed to cover all the bases; all the key things that happen after a rape occurs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tori on May 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Rape Girl was an amazing read. I, too, read it in an evening. The book is about a teenage girl who survives being raped. It depicts in a very real way how relationships can change in the aftermath. Klein does an excellent job of dispelling stereotypes that many hold about rape survivors. This a must-read for anybody who interacts with a survivor, which statistically, is nearly everyone. According to RAINN, 1 in 6 women has been a victim of rape or attempted rape and 1 in 33 men. This book helps spread awareness, and I definitely recommend it.
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