“The Victim: A sixteen-year-old girl with facial deformities, neglected by an alcoholic mother. Who accuses the boys of something unthinkable.
The Defendants: Four handsome teenage boys from hardworking immigrant families. All with corroborating stories.
Whose side would you take?”
This story is hard-hitting in its subject matter of rape, but the sensitive issue is handled well.
It also deals with issues of prejudice towards race, gender, religion and class status. There were some elements of this story telling I found hard to read. However, it was a good eye-opener to what is actually going on in the world around us. And sometimes it’s not pretty 😯
“You want life in neat and predictable boxes when it’s actually a river of shit.”
Zara, the rape counsellor in this story is a strong female character. She is also dealing with her own issues in life.
The same goes for Jodie. Her life hasn’t been a bed of roses 🌹 a facial deformity, her father walking out on her, an alcoholic mother, poverty and now she has been allegedly raped.
“Women aren’t born warriors; we learn to fight because we have to.”
As the reader we don’t know the truth. It definitely is a tale of ‘he says/she says’ but who is telling the truth? I honestly changed my mind a few times during the course of the story 🤔
I would recommend this book to those who like a mystery to solve and are able to handle some controversial issues.
Prepare yourself for a journey of emotions though. It’s a story that stays with you long after you’ve closed the book 😊
“You will always care what people think of you – that’s just the way of the world – but you can decide how you act in return. You can choose to be cruel like them to make yourself feel tall, or you can treat others with kindness to balance out the shortfall…There will be moments in your life when you must decide in an instant.”
Thank you to @netgalley and @harpercollinsuk for my advanced reading copy in exchange of an honest review 😊
Have you read this story yet? If you have drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts.