I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my review. Thank you NetGalley and Evernight Teen!
I quite liked this book. I had never read a book by this author, but was intrigued by the description and the title. I couldn't stop reading this book. It was captivating and I was hooked to say the least.
Valerie, the main character of this book, goes through a lot of bullying even before her rape, and it seams to get even worse after it. As a reader, I had a lot of empathy for her. I could only imagine how hard it would be to be I her shoes.
I think this book is not only about raising awareness about rape victims, it's also about the power of the internet. Picomatic, this book's equivalent to Instagram, plays a huge role in this story. It reminds us that the digital age has stripped us of our privacy and people have become a lot more judgemental because of it. This book also demonstrates how bullying is not taken seriously enough in schools. A lot of the teachers and the counsellor at Valerie's school don't do anything about her being called derogatory names such as slut and "thot" regularly.
The only thing irking me about this book, is how fast Valerie recovered. It seams like a rape and attempted murder victim would be a lot more frazzled. I know I wouldn't ever want to be alone for awhile, and I'd be scared to leave my own home.
I recommend this book to everyone. Really beautifully written and thought out.