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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Rape Girl, by Alina Klein

Valerie always wanted to be the smart girl. The pretty girl. The popular girl.

But not the rape girl..

That’s who she is now. Rape Girl. Because everyone seems to think they know the truth about what happened with Adam that day, and they don’t think Valerie’s telling it..

Before, she had a best friend, a crush, and a close-knit family. After, she has a court case, a support group, and a house full of strangers..

The real truth is, nothing will ever be the same..

Valerie's story is a ABC After School Special. I don't mean to sound trite, but it is. Those screenplays were written about very specific events that could possibly happen to anyone. In the end, everything wasn't okay, but it was better and hope wasn't so far removed.

This is a shorter story (132 pages). It's  quick read, would appeal to a reluctant reader, and would speak to the girl (or boy) who has, unfortunately, been raped. It's a very real and honest account of what someone in this situation might go through.

Valerie's story is very well done, and this is a fresh reminder that while it does get better, the most profound effects of rape don't occur at the time it happens.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook galley from Namelos through the netGalley publisher/reader connection program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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