The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
(The Academy #1)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: October 10, 2017
Rating: 5 Stars
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.
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The Nowhere Girls is empowering and impactful! The series subject matter and content is so perfectly woven. It really is so needed for women of all ages but especially for young girls growing up to know what is acceptable and not. I think this book should be required material for all teens. I am so happy to see that these topics and books are being written for our youth.
Sometimes the only thing worse than death is surviving.
– pg. 63
Lucy was raped by 3 boys in her school. Some didn’t believe her and others did but decided to ignore what happened because of who the boys are and their families. The fear for Lucy in the town becomes too much and she moves away.
The bottom-feeders have cleaned her skeleton of all its flesh. She is washed up onshore, tangled with seaweed, smelling of decay. She crawls across the storm-tossed beach, over the rocks and garbage, over the beer bottles and cigarette butts and lifeless bodies.
– pg. 64
Grace has just moved to town and now lives in Lucy’s old house. She soon notices some writing in her house that seems like a plea for help and asks a girl named Rosina about it. At first she does not want to talk about it. Rosina and her friend Erin let Grace know that it is best to leave it alone but Grace can’t.
Grace soon becomes better friends with Rosina and Erin and they start to open up to her. They let her know what happened to Lucy and how they all know the boys did it but no one helped Lucy, including them. Grace wants to help Lucy even though she is gone and make those boys pay. She soon has an idea and convinces Erin and Rosina to do it with her.
If they had a group that was created anonymously that was for girls to be able to come together and change things, there could be power in numbers. The problem is when they decide on a no sex strike the boys and school freak out.
But just because she’s not helpless doesn’t mean she doesn’t need help.
– pg. 129
Will they find justice for Lucy? Can The Nowhere Girls learn how to demand more and stick together? You have to read to find out!
The secrets each person had in their own life and hurt really added to the confusion that teens feel and struggles at that age. I took my time with this book soaking up each page and marking so many key points. This will be a book I reread. I would lo I definitely recommend The Nowhere Girls and I am giving it 5 out 5 stars.
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 relation), 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 nothing to do with film-making, 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 journals 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.