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The Nowhere Girls - Amy Reed
Published by Atom on 10th October 2017.
My rating: 4/5
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This is a lesson on when don't touch me actually means: don't touch me. Note to men: this is all the time.

When I read Zoe's review of Amy Reed's The Nowhere Girls, I knew it was a book I had to pursue. Feminism, women's bodies, girl power and a literary style? Yes please. 

Zoe's post went into a bit of detail on her own experiences of being objectified and learning from a young age that the male species have a habit of treating us women like we should want them, like we're programmed to make them happy. I was saddened to read Zoe's story, and even more upset to know that pretty much everyone has a story like this. In fact, my own is almost identical to Zoe's! 

Also like Zoe, I recently read Moxie, a YA novel about school girls in America who get sick of the vague yet enforced dress codes that oppress the girls and set up a resistance. They are afraid of the trouble they could get in and in some cases hide it from their families, but ultimately it's the most important part of their lives. Fans of Holly Bourne's feminist fiction and Moxie-like books will find a home in The Nowhere Girls, that's a promise. 

When Grace moves into her new home, she finds the disturbing markings of the girl who used to live there. After a bit of digging, she finds out that Lucy left town after accusing the most popular boys at school of raping her. She wasn't believed. Soon enough, Grace makes friends with Erin and Rosina and the three of them start building their own resistance to the way girls are treated in their town. 

They're so different from one another because it isn't just one 'type' of girl that gets objectified. It's all of us. Erin has Asperger's and she's not immune to it, nor is Grace who is overweight, or Rosina who doesn't fit into the 'white girl' mould. They fight it anyway and become friends with some of the girls in school they thought they would never talk to. Another important lesson, girls need to stop judging each other and bond instead. That's because a blog titled The Real Men Of Prescott is fighting against respect of women. A disgusting and scary thought process that is known as the manosphere calls women's rights activists feminazis and says that women deserve to be treated like crap because all they're good for outside the bedroom is 'making sandwiches'. Yes, this line of thinking exists just as much in real life as it does in fiction. We need to fight.

The fight isn't easy and I love the realness of The Nowhere Girls. It doesn't promise a happily ever after or a simple solution. Just because girls start to fight back, doesn't mean they will be heard or respected. But, if you feel it too, join us. Pick up a copy today and call out the crap when you see it. 

If you want to start changing the world, why not pick up This Book Will (Help You) Change The World by Sue Turton?

Love, Jess

Thank you Atom for my copy of The Nowhere Girls. 

2 comments:

  1. Wonderful review!
    I need to get my hands on it once my book-buying-ban is over.
    Cora ❤ http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

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