Book Review Take It Back by Kia Abdullah 5๐ŸŒŸ


“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?”

         My thoughts

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 ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

“You want life in neat and predictable boxes when itโ€™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 ๐ŸŒน a facial deformity, her father walking out on her, an alcoholic mother, poverty and now she has been allegedly raped.

“Women arenโ€™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 ๐Ÿค”

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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

“You will always care what people think of you โ€“ thatโ€™s just the way of the world โ€“ 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 shortfallโ€ฆThere 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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

Have you read this story yet? If you have drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts.


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a meme sponsored by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. To take part, you just have to answer the following questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

This is my first time taking part in this. I’ve seen so many since I started my blog, but never had the time to do my own.

So here goes ๐Ÿ˜Š

What are you currently reading?

I’ve just started Rewind by Catherine Ryan Howard

Click the link for a description – Catherine Ryan Howard | Readers First

So far this book is great. There’s a little village with a host of weird and strange people. An Instagram star that has gone missing and a woman murdered in her bed. Can’t wait to find out the conclusion of this story.

what did you recently finish?

Gone | Leona Deakin | 9781784164089 | NetGalley

I was approved of this from @netgalley It was a fantastic concept for a story. People being selected to do a game of dares, why? Well you’ll have to read to find out why . I gave this book 3๐ŸŒŸ I did enjoy it but I had figured out the main thread and wasn’t quite keen on it.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have quite a few e-ARCs to read from Netgalley and I am very looking forward to read Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

Elevator Pitch | Linwood Barclay | 9780008331993 | NetGalley

i saw a trailer clip on Twitter that Barclay has done and he sums up that this book will give us the fear of lifts (elevators) the way Psycho gave us the fear of showers ๐Ÿ˜ฎ so excited to get to read this one.