This jumped out as a highly praised novel. Well it was good and very heartfelt it also kinda made me sick to my stomache the lanks people would go to save the popular football players. If I was one of those mothers I'd have probably wanted to punch the principal.
This book is all about three individual girls; Grace, Rosina and Erin and how they decide to get justice for a girl who became a victim of gang rape. They then start a group called the nowhere girls that helps share a story of Lucy to all the other people of Prescott High. As the group expands, their movement becomes about more than gang rape and all other things and transforms the lives of every individual in their school, the lives of each and every member, and the entire community. I think that this book could really help show people what all of this can do to a person and how it could effect them mentally and physically. And not only can people just read this book but they can find out more information at the back of the book on how they can protect themselves from something that could happen to them. I would give this book a 4/5 star rating.
- @PrimaBallerina of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Empowering, packed with a punch and original, Amy Reed creates a wonderful YA novel with “The Nowhere Girls”. The theme and morale of this story is so important in our modern day society where labels are tossed around like they have the weight of feathers… but Reed reminds us that there are two sides to every story. Grace has just moved to a new town after her preacher mom got kicked out of their old home for her strong and verbal speeches. Erin has Asperger’s syndrome and struggles with a stereotypical mom that doesn’t suit her non-stereotypical self. Rosina works so hard, to no avail from her mother or ginormous family. But what happens when these three girls join and become friends? When they realize that the society they live in is dirt, and they need to clean up the mess? So begins the anonymous group of Nowhere Girls, where the students of Prescott High meet together and create an empowering, bittersweet group to battle the stereotypes and gain their rights. I loved, loved, loved this book and it was so cleverly written to match the character’s personalities. It’s so refreshing to have characters whose characteristics don’t define their personalities, as Grace may be overweight but it’s a background detail that doesn’t change her at all. That’s just one of the great aspects of this novel. This book will stay with you long after you have finished reading it. Rating 4.5/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
A big thanks to Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss for an ARC of this fascinating book. I was a bit hesitant to begin reading it as it is such weighty subject matter. What I found, though, is that I could not help falling in love with the three misfits who started the Nowhere Girls movement: Grace, Rosina and Erin.
My favorite character was definitely Grace as her discovery of the messages in Lucy's old bedroom motivated her to do something. Once she teamed up with Rosina and Erin, the movement is born. What is beautiful about this book is how different these three girls are, yet they work together as a team--loving each other despite their individual quirks. As the movement grows, we see girls of varied ethnicities, religion and interests joining together for justice.
This book is a great reminder of how women/girls can so easily divide against one another when support is most needed. The ending of this book is well worth the journey. Highly recommended for older girls who see a need for change.
As a Christian wife and mother of three young men, I really appreciated how Reed included so many different POVs in this book -- some without names. We see Grace living out her faith and praying to God for guidance. I would contend that she was named Grace to show God's grace in Prescott through the efforts of the Nowhere Girls.
God does care for the downtrodden and broken. We see this time after time throughout His Word(Psalm 10:17-18), but He uses all of us to accomplish deliverance for those in trouble. There is a scene in the book where Krista and Trista are at a wedding and when they hear the pastor expounding on Ephesians 5, they roll their eyes. What we truly need, though, are more folks who believe in the vision of Ephesians 5 and I Corinthians 13 to love one another -- in marriages, families, friendships, churches, neighborhoods, schools and communities. We need the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) manifested in our actions toward one another. In a nutshell, we Christians need to live out the Gospel and transform our communities. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! (II Cor 9:15)