The Nowhere Girls
Author: Amy Reed
Publication Date: October 10th, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Synopsis: Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.
Who are the Nowhere Girls?
They’re everygirl. But they start with just three:
Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.
Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.
Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android.
When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students.
Told in alternating perspectives, this groundbreaking novel is an indictment of rape culture and explores with bold honesty the deepest questions about teen girls and sexuality.
I love Amy Reed’s writing. Last year I read two books by her, and I thought they were fabulous – they were really heartfelt novels that made me think, broke my heart, and put the pieces back together again with tons of love. Those two books were Invincible and Unforgivable. Those two books are among my favorites even now, and I think that everyone should read those.
Needless to say, when I heard she was coming out with a new book, I was beyond excited and I really couldn’t wait to read it. I had such high hopes for it after falling in love with some of her other books, and I was just as swept up and in love with The Nowhere Girls as I was with some of her other work. Let me just say that Amy Reed has a real talent for writing about difficult topics, and creating haunting, yet beautiful stories that will stay with you long after you’ve closed the book.
Since all of Amy Reed’s books deal with really important and difficult issues that teens (and adults, too) may have to deal with, they also can contain issues that can be trigger worthy for some. In this instance, the main issue that is dealt with in this book is rape.
Lucy was a girl who was run out of her town because she accused some of the boys in her school of raping her. Of course, nothing much had come out of it and it felt to Grace, the new girl who lives in the home Lucy used to live in, that she never got what she should have in terms of justice. So she bands together with a few other girls – Rosina and Erin, and together they form the Nowhere Girls, and creating a movement the resist sexism and mistreatment of girls in the school.
Guys – this book is a freaking must read, especially in today’s society where it feels like we’re going backward with women’s rights (don’t even get me started on that…I’ll rant about that another time). It’s a novel about standing up for what you know is right and working together as a group to make sure that you’re heard. I loved it so much.
This is such a powerful and timely read, and the characters are all so well written and really bring the story to life. This isn’t your typical YA contemporary – it has such an important message and to be honest, if I had to recommend one important book to friends and fellow members of the YA community this year, The Nowhere Girls would be it.
I really loved how driven and strong of a character Grace was – her personality really shone through everything and she worked hard to get justice for a girl she hadn’t even met, which was really cool. It shows that when girls really try, they can stand by one another and make such an incredible difference.
The Nowhere Girls is the kind of book I would want my own daughters to read.
The Nowhere Girls is a book that should not be missed.
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review – thank you!
Amy Reed was born and raised in and around Seattle, where she attended a total of eight schools by the time she was eighteen. Constant moving taught her to be restless and being an only child made her imagination do funny things. After a brief stint at Reed College (no rela-tion), she moved to San Francisco and spent the next several years serving coffee and getting into trouble. She eventually graduated from film school, promptly decided she wanted noth-ing to do with filmmaking, returned to her original and impractical love of writing, and earned her MFA from New College of California. Her short work has been published in jour-nals such as Kitchen Sink, Contrary, and Fiction. Amy currently lives in Oakland with her husband and two cats, and has accepted that Northern California has replaced the Pacific Northwest as her home. She is no longer restless. Find out more at amyreedfiction.com.
BEAUTIFUL is her first novel.
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