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Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.
Who are the Nowhere Girls?
They’re everygirl. But they start with just three:
Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.
Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.
Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android.
When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students.
Told in alternating perspectives, this groundbreaking novel is an indictment of rape culture and explores with bold honesty the deepest questions about teen girls and sexuality.
I LOVED THIS BOOK! This book is based on 3 characters, Grace, Erin and Rosina who decide that the rape culture that has persisted in their school for years needs to be put to an end.
Grace is new to town and lives in the house formerly owned by the family of a girl named Lucy. She was raped at a party and ostracized by the town so they had pretty much no choice but to move away. Grace’s mom is a fairly liberal Christian Minister. Her family moved due to her mother’s liberal views were ostracized from their previous church for that. So she is no stranger to being disliked. She hears about Lucy through Erin and Rosina and can’t stop wanting to learn more.
Rosina is pretty much her families slave, she helps them run the restaurant, babysits cousins, whatever they need shes expected to provide. She is tired of it! She was friends with Lucy and was wrestling with whether to do something. Her family keeping her busy has added to that fact because how can she do something if they keep her so busy?
Erin has Aspergers and a few years before was raped by an acquaintance at her old school. They decided to move and not press charges and it is a secret from everyone she knows other than her family. Because of her Ashbergers, her brain works in absolutes she knows what the boy who raped her is wrong but is unsure what to do to fix the situation.
Together they decide to band together and create The Nowhere Girls. If you want to know more I strongly suggest you read this book!