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)