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The Nowhere Girls by [Reed, Amy]
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“THE NOWHERE GIRLS cuts straight to the core of rape culture—fully exploring its destructive nature through a cast of girls who find their voices, and their strength, as they unite in a quest for justice. With rare insight and profound authenticity, Amy Reed has crafted a masterfully fierce, stirring, and deeply empowering story of hope and courage.” (Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used to Be )

Enraged by unpunished sexual assaults and the unchallenged rape culture at their high school, three new friends resolve to take action. White high schooler Grace Salter has just moved to Prescott, Oregon, and finds messages of pain and anguish scratched into the walls of her new room. Overtaken by curiosity, she does the unthinkable for a new girl at school and talks to two girls during lunch: Rosina Suarez, a Mexican-American queer punk rocker, and Erin DeLillo, a white girl with Asperger's who admires the android Data from Star Trek. They both explain that the former occupant of Grace's room was effectively run out of town after accusing three popular jocks, two of them current students, of gang-raping her at a party. Grace is incensed and, together with Rosina and Erin under the collective pseudonym the Nowhere Girls, rallies other girls in the school to rise up against misogyny, rapists, and the power structures that protect both. Reed's refusal to shy away from the entrenched realities of sexism as well as the oft-overlooked erasure of intersectionality within feminism yields a highly nuanced and self-reflective narrative that captures rape culture's ubiquitous harm without swerving into didactic, one-size-fits-all solutions or relying on false notions of homogenous young womanhood. Scandal, justice, romance, sex positivity, subversive anti-sexism—just try to put it down. (Kirkus Reviews *STARRED REVIEW August 1, 2017)

In her new bedroom in a West Coast town, Grace Salter finds words carved into her closet, pleas left by a girl in incredible pain: “Kill me now. I’m already dead.” That girl, Lucy Moynihan, was gang-raped by a group of popular boys; finding few allies in town, she and her family eventually moved away. Grace just wants a fresh start for herself, but she can’t forget about Lucy, or about the boys who still brag about their conquests online. She joins forces with Rosina, whose music obsession and attraction to girls puts her at odds with her conservative Mexican family, and Erin, who has high-functioning Asperger’s and is obsessed with marine biology and Star Trek. Together, the three form the Nowhere Girls, an anonymous group dedicated to resisting the sexism that has only flourished in the aftermath of Lucy’s rape. This is a graceful addition to the growing list of books about rape culture. Where it stands out is in its inclusion of “Us” chapters: sections of the book that take a collective look at the girls in the town, presenting them as a united front while also acknowledging the depth and differences—positive, neutral, and negative—of their personal sexual experiences and interests, or lack thereof. A thoughtful, literary portrayal of female sexuality in a culture that often rejects it. (Booklist, STARRED REVIEW September 1, 2017)

"A must-read for high school" (VOYA )

This gritty and timely novel examines the culture of sexism and rape through the eyes of three girls and a chorus of the universal “Us.” Grace, the new girl in town, just wants to blend in to the point of invisibility. Having been forced out of their conservative Southern Baptist Church when her preacher mother becomes “too liberal,” Grace is still reeling from the ostracism and is struggling to figure out who she is and what she should believe. Rosina, the daughter of a very conservative Mexican American single mother, spends her days babysitting her younger cousins and working in her family’s restaurant. What she really wants is recognition as a gay punk rocker who needs more from life. Erin, a teen on the high-functioning side of the autism spectrum, consumes herself with marine biology and Star Trek while wrestling with appropriate emotions and reactions and an overly involved mother. “Us” iterates the thoughts, fears, and conflicts of a chorus of unnamed characters. When Grace discovers that her new room was also the room of Lucy, the girl who accused a group of popular boys of gang rape last year, she convinces Erin and Rosina to help her get justice for Lucy. Neither one is particularly enthusiastic about the idea, but slowly an anonymous group of “Nowhere Girls” begin to attack the sexist culture of their school despite negative reactions. The strong characters do not detract from the equally strong plot but move it forward with compassion and strength as they address with frank honesty what it means to be female in today’s world. The empowerment of the girls in this book will resonate with young adults. VERDICT A must-read for every teen. (School Library Journal *STARRED* September 2017)

"Empowering, brutally honest, and realistically complex" (Buzzfeed )

"Three high school students—who are beautifully drawn with brilliant and sometimes agonizing realism—spark a movement against the misogyny that reverberates so dangerously around them. Reed provides an honest and necessary look at sexuality and sexism." (Library Journal )

“A call-to-action to everyone out there who wants to fight back.”
  (Bustle )

About the Author

Amy Reed is the author of the contemporary young adult novels BeautifulCleanCrazyOver YouDamagedInvincibleUnforgivable, and The Nowhere Girls. She is also the editor of Our Stories, Our Voices. She is a feminist, mother, and quadruple Virgo who enjoys running, making lists, and wandering around the mountains of western North Carolina where she lives. You can find her online at

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  • File Size: 3061 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481481738
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (October 10, 2017)
  • Publication Date: October 10, 2017
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,202 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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