Rape Girl

Rape Girl

Alina Klein

Hey, look. It’s that girl. That rape girl, right?

Valerie always wanted to be the smart girl. The pretty girl. The popular girl.

But not the rape girl.

That’s who she is now. Rape Girl. Because everyone seems to think they know the truth about what happened with Adam that day, and they don’t think Valerie’s telling it.

Before, she had a best friend, a crush, and a close-knit family. After, she has a court case, a support group, and a house full of strangers.

The real truth is, nothing will ever be the same.

Rape Girl is the compelling story of a survivor who does the right thing and suffers for it. It is also the story of a young woman’s struggle to find the strength in herself to fight back.

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Recent Reviews

Klein's debut is an old-fashioned problem novel in the best of senses. Straightforward, tempered, and quietly emotional....

—Booklist

This slim debut novel offers insight into the victim, as well as others directly and indirectly involved.

—School Library Journal

[C]reates a sense of immediacy.

—Kirkus Reviews

This is a story of hope. This is a story of coming to terms with things you cannot change. This is a story about not letting other people make you into someone you aren't, and not letting them change who you are. It's a story about standing up for yourself and what you know is right, even if it hurts. It's a story about power; about realizing when it's not yours and coming to terms with that, and about knowing you have it when it is yours. ... [D]efinitely read this one.

—Bookish Sarah

This book grabbed my attention with its provocative straightforward title. ... I was pulled in by the simplicity of the writing and the power of the story.

—Bookworm 1858

[A] beautifully written story. ... This book had so many realistic issues and positive messages and I absolutely loved it. ... I think every teen and parent needs to read this story, male and female. ... I'll be buying the hardback and when my girls are the appropriate age, they will be reading this book. I highly recommend this one.

—Addicted to Words

Rape Girl cuts like a scalpel. ... [P]ainful to read. But it's ultimately the story of a young woman finding her internal strength and taking control of her own life after everything seemed to have been taken away from her. It's not all wrapped up in a "happily ever after" bow, but has a more realistic and ultimately more satisfying ending. Highly recommended.

—Tracy Barrett