In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel shares the unforgettable story of a young woman as she struggles to find strength in the aftermath of an assault.
Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn't change who she was. But the night her brother's best friend rapes her, Eden's world capsizes.
What was once simple is now complex. What Eden once loved - who she once loved - she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she's supposed to tell someone what happened, but she can't. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.
Told in four parts - freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years - this provocative debut reveals the deep cuts of trauma. But it also demonstrates one young woman's strength as she navigates the disappointment and unbearable pains of adolescence, of first love and first heartbreak, of friendships broken and rebuilt, while learning to embrace a power of survival she never knew she had hidden within her heart.
©2016 Amber Smith (P)2016 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
I'm a clinical psychology doctorate student. I love to read a good romance or ya novel to escape from the everyday stresses of life.
This book is not the easiest to finish due to the emotional content. I remember taking it in smaller doses when it got to be too much. Other times, I took large doses and stayed up till 6 in the morning. Overall, I was really moved by this book. It brought me back in time to when the popular, older girls would hang in the bathroom in high school and put their make-up on in the mirror. It brought back memories of being a freshman living in my first college dorm. Alas, it was hard to sit and wait for her to finally be able to tell someone she was raped, but the book was worthwhile.
Tears, tears, tears. Good story that everyone should hear. Everyone needs to understand the fear that she felt for so long.
If they want to understand what it means to experience sexual trauma, then yes.
Character's description of how she tried to overcome the experience of rape by forcing herself to have sex and eventually becoming promiscuous. This made sense of a phenomenon that on the surface of it, makes no sense.
That Eden finally told someone. The fact that it portrayed a girl of 14 having sex ,this book showed how rape can destroy. This book could have ended 3 hrs earlier.
When she finally opens her mouth and tells
this book was so good, I loved every minute of it. it's just so sad what sexual assault does to someone and how it changes people. I was really happy that I got this book and hope to read more from this author
Thus book is just...Wow! Speaking from experiencing, it's enlightening to have a book written about a survivor of rape overcoming her depression, anxiety, and confusion without being rescued by someone (especially a man). This book is a must read!
This story may be a work of fiction, but it is so realistic in its depiction as to be totally gut wrenching. It will pull you through the spectrum of emotions & wring you dry. I couldn't step away once I got into it. Glad the author did not try to wrap things into a pretty now at the end, but instead depicted the reality of the ending of this story being a new beginning.
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