Friday, February 23, 2018

Review—I Stop Somewhere by TE Carter

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan 
Published: February 27, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Source: Print ARC
Rating: 5 Stars

You can break a girl. You can destroy several parts of her, but a girl is made up of so many things.

Rape culture. What do you think when you hear that reference? When I hear it, my whole body gets cold and I start shaking. ‘I Stop Somewhere’ has broken me. It’s about a very real issue in our world today. Rape. It isn’t about what you wear, how you act, or what you look like; none of that matters because rape is inexcusable.

Ellie, our main character, has only ever wanted to fit in. In her freshman year of high school, she meets Caleb. He’s charming, popular, and everything a girl could ever want in a boy. It’s through him that disturbing and nefarious thoughts are going to come into play. I was filled with so much anger, rage, and ultimately, devastation. I very much thought the book was in reminisce of The Lovely Bones.

This is more on the darker side of YA, so I would take that in mind before starting. That being said, I think this is a book that should be must for all adults and young adults alike. In this day in age, with social media, bullying and intimidation make things so much worse. I hope and pray that women and men who are sexually assaulted, will continue to speak up. That’s why I especially love the #Metoo campaign. You don’t have to be scared anymore. While social media can be dark at times, it also has its uses for good.

Ellie likes to talk about all the things that make a girl in the book. So...what makes a girl? Is it the crowd she chooses to hang with? The clothes she wears? Who she dates? The type of movies she watches? It could go on and on. But the fact of the matter is that we are all the same inside. As cheesy as it sounds, it’s the truth. Another fact is that NOBODY DESERVES TO BE RAPED. Most importantly — no one deserves not to be heard.

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Buy the Book:
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About the Author:
TE Carter was born in New England and has lived in New England for pretty much her entire life. Throughout her career, she’s done a lot of things, although her passion has always been writing. When she’s not writing, she can generally be found reading classic literature, playing Xbox, organizing her comic collection, or binge watching baking competitions. She continues to live in New England with her husband and their two cats. 


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