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No Virgin review

No Virgin

Author:Anne Cassidy

Publisher:Hot Key Books

Published: 3rd November 2016

Genre: YA.

Source: Netgalley and Publisher

Date read: 4th November 2016

Synopsis from Goodreads:

From the author of the critically acclaimed, LOOKING FOR JJ, shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 2004 and the Carnegie Medal in 2005.

My name is Stacey Woods and I was raped.

Stacey is the victim of a terrible sexual attack. She does not feel able to go to the police, or talk about it to anybody other than her best friend, Patrice. Patrice, outraged, when she cannot persuade her to go to the police, encourages Stacey to write everything down. This is Stacey’s story.

My Thoughts:

*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

This is my first Anne Cassidy book that I have read and to say I enjoyed it would be the incorrect terminology to use for this book due to the subject matter.I would have to say I appreciated it. I appreciated the sensitivity in which this book was written and how well the characters feelings were depicted.

Stacey Woods is seventeen and has been raped – this is her account of what happens and how she tries to come to terms with it. Her best friend Patrice has encouraged her to write everything down on paper with no holding back and then to decide how she wants to deal with it.

This book is quite short at only 195 pages but Cassidy definitely gets her message across and will definitely be an impactful read for teenagers.

Stacey as a character was really well done, she is 17 doesn’t have too many friends, her family life is very dysfunctional, she is naive and also has her sights set on her chosen career, all of this made her feel very realistic and relatable.

However, she did make some stupid decisions and put herself into some vunerable situations due to her naivety.

Patrice, Stacey’s best friend was a really good character,she urged her friend to talk about the incident at least write it down and then decide what to do. She also researched helplines for her. She was just reliable and everything you would want in a friend.

Harry (I just thought of Harry Styles the whole way through idky) but he was just a little too creepy. He has the gift of the gab and has obviously picked girls up before and knows how to manipulate them.

There are rape and sex scenes in the book but it’s not gratuitous as needed for her full account and were not too graphic but still difficult to read.

The way Stacey was manipulated by her attacker was very cleverly done, she was made to feel like it was her fault and that no-one would believe her as she put herself in the situation and also in terms of the aftermath of the incident

As I said previously Cassidy did a great job in depicting Stacey’s emotions such as blame,shame and guilt.

I definitely recommend reading this to put yourself in Stacey’s shoes and to not make the same mistakes as she did.

I rated this 3.5 out of 5 stars

 

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