I would just like to start by saying that this book, by far, has been one of the most empowering books I have ever read. The story follows three high school girls and how they, though from completely different walks of life, come together to fight a problem affecting not only themselves, but the entire female population of their school. The main themes of this book are sexual harassment, family, friendship, regret, hidden secrets and acceptance.
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This book did not have any single main character. Instead, it had three. Almost every chapter was written through one of the three main characters’ point of view (POV). I thoroughly enjoyed this writing style because I think it helped me understand each character in a much better and deeper way. In all, the characters were beautifully created, each with a completely unique personality. To me, all the characters felt very real.
My favorite character in the book, though, was Erin. Though I am fortunate enough to have never been in her devastating and frustrating situation, I seemed to be able to find a few things common between the two of us. Honestly, I think one of the reasons I liked her so much was because of her dog Spot. I mean, Spot was the one who I could always count on to make Erin feel better. Though Erin wasn’t exactly the sanest or friendliest of the lot, she was quite intelligent, a loyal friend and an amazing human being. Most people did not understand her at all, but she never let that discourage her. She always trudged on forward, at her own pace, and made sure that she always did the right thing.
The story was quite unpredictable, to say the least. Not at a single point, throughout the book, could I be sure of what was about to happen next. The book constantly kept me on my toes and I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t gasp out loud at least 3 times because of plot twists or frustration that this book caused me. I felt mixed emotions run through me nerves while I read this book. Rage, despair, gratefulness, helplessness, fortunate and murderous was just a few of the many emotions. This was why the second I read the first page, the book had sunk its claws deep into me, and I couldn’t help, but keep reading. I finished reading this book in less than two days. I think that should say enough about how gripping the story is.
Personally, I think that the theme ‘The Nowhere Girls’ focused on was one of great importance, considering all the awful things that are happening all around the world. It attacks not only rape and sexual harassment, but also bullying that is unfortunately quite common in today’s world. As one reads the book, they realize just how horrifying these crimes are and how they can leave a person crumpled, and lost.
I think that readers who enjoy reading books based on female empowerment, or enjoy reading books like ‘The Hate You Give’ must read this book. It’s honestly a no-brainer. I guarantee that you shall fall in love with this book, the same way that I have.
I give this book 4.5 stars out of 5…
To wrap it up, a quote from the book:
“But just because she’s not helpless doesn’t mean she doesn’t need help.”
– Just Another Magical Soul
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