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Exit, Pursued by a Bear
Exit, Pursued by a Bear | E.K. Johnston
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Veronica Mars meets William Shakespeare in E.K. Johnstons latest brave and unforgettable heroine. Hermione Winters is captain of her cheerleading team, and in tiny Palermo Heights, this doesnt mean what you think it means. At PHHS, the cheerleaders don't cheer for the sports teams; they are the sports teamthe pride and joy of a tiny town. The team's summer training camp is Hermione's last and marks the beginning of the end ofshes not sure what. She does know this season could make her a legend. But during a camp party, someone slips something in her drink. And it all goes black.In every class, there's a star cheerleader and a pariah pregnant girl. They're never supposed to be the same person. Hermione struggles to regain the control she's always had and faces a wrenching decision about how to move on. The assault wasn't the beginning of Hermione Winter's story and she's not going to let it be the end. She wont be anyones cautionary tale.? "Johnstons cleverbut never preciousupdate of ShakespearesThe Winters Taleis unflinching but not at all graphic in its treatment of sexual violence....Middle and high school readers will pass this powerful, engaging story around and around."Kirkus Reviews,starred review? "Fierce and gorgeously drawn, this is a rape story that doesnt focus on victimhood."Booklist,starred review?A beautifully written portrait of a young woman facing the unthinkable, this is a must-buy for high school collections.SLJ,starred reviewFrom the Hardcover edition.
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TheLibrarian
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BookOutlet Booktoberfest haul Part 1

Soubhiville Be sure to look under the dust jacket of 2mo
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Zoes_Human
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This is an incredibly sensitive look at rape survival. There's nothing graphic portrayed in it in terms of violence, but rather it focuses on her recovery, on her learning how to reclaim her life after an assault. It also addresses the topics of victim-blaming and stereotyping, but not in a heavy-handed way. It talks about these things gently and naturally. It shows a possible path to healing and what it means to support the ones you love.

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Words are changing and I am becoming an expert at translation.
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Hermione gets drugged at a dance and raped. The book is the events leading up to, during, and after this and is an emotional journey. By far the best part of this was Polly, I can only hope everyone has a best friend like Polly in their corner.

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Victoriahoperose
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This book really packs a powerful punch. I was so surprised how quickly it turned into such a serious story and how well it was handled. This felt so real and true and relatable. The characters were so strong and well developed and the story was hard, but important. Excellent.

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Lizpixie
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#MusicalNewYear #day9 #FallingSlowly I love the cover of this book, even though it deals with a very heavy subject matter, the cover itself is brilliant. The story is about the head of a champion cheerleading squad who is “roofied” at a party & raped. After ending up pregnant, she refuses to fade slowly into the background. A heavy subject, but still a great cover.

vivastory Sounds really difficult. 11mo
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Cinfhen
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#WinterWonderland Stick with me, this YA book is meant to be a re-telling of Shakespeare‘s #WintersTale 🤓Yes, the MC is named Hermione ( last name, Winters) and the title references one of the most iconic lines of Shakespeare, but other than that, I lost the connection. I think I was the wrong intended age for this book,which is beloved on GoodReads, because it was only ok for me. Loved that MC was strong and refused to be victimized!

Cathythoughts Sounds good ... but I definitely can‘t do YA 🤷🏻‍♀️ 12mo
Cinfhen It‘s VERY YA @Cathythoughts so I think a skip is perfectly fine 12mo
TrishB I enjoyed it as accepted the YA side from the beginning - it ended very neat and tidy etc I know at 14/15 I would have loved it and it would have been very empowering. 12mo
Cinfhen Yes @TrishB teen Cindy would have LOVED this book!! 12mo
TrishB I think that‘s the place I try to be when I read YA. 12mo
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LiteraryinLititz
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Mehso-so

I think this book is generally well-liked, but I wasn‘t convinced. To me, the way the high schoolers acted/talked often seemed unbelievable. Then again, there were a lot of Canada-specific plot points, so maybe as an American I just didn‘t understand? Not sure. Overall, there were good aspects (the friendship between Polly and Hermione 💜) but it wasn‘t a win for me. BUT a side character shares my last name, which was sort of cool.

BennettBookworm WHAT?!?! How did I not know?!?! I‘ve never seen our last name in a book! 😱 12mo
LiteraryinLititz @BennettBookworm I know, me neither! 12mo
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HighLadyoftheStacks
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I‘m really glad this book exists for many reasons. The author is aware that she wrote the “ideal” scenario in which a young woman is believed and treated with the kindness she deserves after a rape. This shouldn‘t be the fantasy, it should be the standard. I think using The Winter‘s Tale as reference also adds to the importance of believing women.

hermyknee I loved this book, too 13mo
LiteraryinLititz Just picked this up at the library today! 13mo
HighLadyoftheStacks @LiteraryinLititz it‘s really good! I keep thinking about it! 13mo
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Jeanne_S
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This author statement made my book club so weepy last night.

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Jeanne_S
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Reread. Book club. Still very good.

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Missusb
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I am heading up to spend a week in Townsville with my folks. I am taking #allthebooks with me. Some borrowed, some bought and an arc. Probably won‘t get to them all, but choices are necessary. #holidayreads #travelplans #tbr #orchid

CarolynM Enjoy! 1y
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SammyB123
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Currently reading Trouble and just received Exit, Persued by a bear in the mail!!!!

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ReadingSusan
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My day one #boutifbooks stats. Looking forward to day two. How is everyone else doing? Hopefully having fun!

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Missusb
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I am down in the nation‘s capital #Canberra for a meeting today and this is my view. Except for the book of course, which hasn‘t been readily available in 🇦🇺. I had to go off-shore and online to purchase it. I have heard very good things about it, and seriously that cover. #tbrpile #ekjohnston #yaliterature #highexpectations Not that there‘ll be any time to read today, but maybe the flight home?

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I love this naked book. I‘m usually pro dust sleeve, but since I discovered this I always peek under them just in case of surprises 😊.
#oldcoolbooks #nakedbooks

LaraReads Ok. That is adorable! What a cute secret surprise! 2y
ReadZenRites Oh, so understated and sweet 😊💕 2y
Chasing_Pages That‘s awesome! My husband and I say this to each other. Love it ❤️ 2y
Linsy That‘s adorable! I love peaking underneath dust sleeves. You never know. 😉 2y
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MaggieCarr
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"A dead daughter coming home from camp is probably worse than a broken one. Of course, if I were dead they would just bury me,...and move on. Broken is harder to deal with."
#WhatWouldYouDo
If someone close was raped would you...
A) Clam up, ditch the relationship because you can't treat that person, as a person, rather than a victim
B) Seek revenge and hunt down the rapist
C) Be steadfast, supportive, and continue to love unconditionally

Traci1 I'd hope I'd be C, but B would be tempting. 2y
tpixie Wow 😮 2y
tpixie @Traci1 agree! 2y
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parasolofdoom
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Amazing. And I loved this narrator so much.

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parasolofdoom
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This is going much better than my last YA listen 😜. Definitely better narration.

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DeborahSmall
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#Cheerleader #FierceFeb this YA has been on my TBR for over a year now

Cinfhen Ha! #greatminds 😄this was my choice too...and almost @TrishB FYI, book was just ok.... 2y
DeborahSmall @Cinfhen I won‘t be rushing it then! X 2y
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Cinfhen
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#FierceFeb I read this YA book last month, thinking it would work for #booked2018 #olympicsport (it doesn‘t 😠) This is not my genre and 51 yr old me wasn‘t impressed however 15 year old me would have loved it. It‘s the story of a #cheerleader who finds herself in a situation she never thought possible. It‘s about not allowing shame, fear or social prejudice to define or label her. It‘s a one sitting read that I‘m sure many will appreciate.

ReadingOver50 Love this cover 2y
Cinfhen I agree, the cover is awesome @ReadingOver50 😍👌🏽 2y
LeahBergen Gasp! You read YA? 🤣😂 2y
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Cinfhen Weak moment @LeahBergen bad idea❣️ 2y
Bklover Cindy, there‘s a cheerleader on the cover. 2y
Cinfhen I know @Bklover 🙈🙈🙈 2y
batsy That's too bad, it's a great title and Veronica Mars meets Shakespeare made me perk up a little 😂 Perfect fit for the prompt, though! 🙌🏽💛 2y
Cathythoughts Perfect 💓💓💓 2y
TrishB You got there before me! This was the only book I could think of with a cheerleader. I thought it was a good read for the demographic - but probably a bit too neat for adults. 2y
Kalalalatja Cudos for actually trying 👏👏 you can‘t win them all! 2y
4thhouseontheleft Haha...I still read YA on occasion, but I am quite selective about it. The genre didn‘t even really exist when I was a kid...I just went straight from Boxcar Children and BSC to Stephen King and V.C. Andrews. 😳 2y
rmaclean4 I have wondered about this one. Thanks for the review. 2y
Bklover I just realized this was for a prompt!! 😂😂. I‘m an idiot. 2y
Cinfhen Ha!! No name calling 😉😘you're perfect @Bklover 2y
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R.Lyn-Romance-Reads
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January 2018 stats! Total of 6 books read; 1,843 pages.

mcipher Pretty journaling!! 2y
aprilpohren I love your book journal!! So fun! 2y
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R.Lyn-Romance-Reads
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This book has me feeling all types of emotions.

TRIGGER WARNING:: rape, sexual assault.

This book is about a cheerleader who is a senior in HS. She‘s co-captain if her squad and is very discipline and focused. One day, she was drugged and raped but as I‘m reading this girl refuses to be a victim. I haven‘t finished it yet so I‘m not sure how it‘s going to end but so far, Hermoine - our main character is a hell of a young lady.

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Cinfhen
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I am clearly NOT the intended audience for this novel. It‘s very “YOUNG” YA although the subject matter is not. It‘s a one sitting (somewhat) realistic story of date rape and female shame/blame. I‘m giving this novel a pick because I‘m sure tween me would have loved this book...adult me not so much.

CarolynM Got to love the title, though. Does it have parallels to A Winter's Tale? It sounds like it could. 2y
minkyb I‘ll take your word on this one! 2y
Cinfhen It's not for us @minkyb 😉but feel free to check out if the mood or challenge prompt strikes 😘 2y
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Cinfhen I never read A Winters Tale @CarolynM but each new section of this novel began with a quote from Shakespeare's book 2y
readinginthedark Have you ever read Speak? I haven‘t read this one, but that one has been the gold standard on YA books like this for me so far; Laurie Halse Anderson is just such a good writer! 2y
Cinfhen No @readinginthedark but I've heard it mentioned so often...#oneday I'm always weary about YA 2y
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Oryx
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It's raining out, so... 🐩☕🍰📚

#dogsoflitsy

TrishB I enjoyed Exit - just got the other one 👍🏻 2y
batsy Love that mug! 2y
Karkar 🐾🐾😍😍🐾🐾 2y
rabbitprincess Seconding the mug love! 2y
ladym30 Cute doggie! 2y
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brookerhi
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I‘m doing the #allthebooksof2017 challenge as an End-of-Year Wrap-Up! First up is “First Read of the Year,” and the winner is “Exit, Pursued By a Bear.”
“I finished Exit in a day, which tells you that it's an effortless, breezy, fun read ... that deals with some serious issues, that is. Johnston does a great job of handling all aspects of the story - this is a teen novel that doesn't quite feel like a teen novel - the story is told well.”

Cinfhen Oooh, another challenge! This one looks fun....I think I‘ll join...thanks for posting😀and your tagged book sounds good! 2y
brookerhi @Cinfhen I liked this challenge bc it works well as and end of year page for my bullet journal! And it‘s fun to look back in all the books you read this year. If you have trouble finding the challenge, let me know - I Just did a Google Image search for December 2017 Book Challenge. 2y
Cinfhen Thanks, I found a pic of the challenge and just posted! I agree, this is a great year in review❤️and I love your bullet journal😍 2y
Andrew65 What a wonderful journal! 2y
brookerhi Just realizing I spelled pursued wrong 😂 2y
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RebelReader
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OMG! Thank you so much for the wonderful gift box @hermyknee. I love everything! I have a mug collection so the mug was perfect for me. The books were right on the mark of course. I have always wanted a coloring book,but always deny myself in the store. Not to mention the tote...This will be perfect for hauling my books to my book groups! This was my first swap and it was such fun experience! I will happily participate again.

hermyknee I‘m so glad you like everything! Those coloring book pages are so pretty; have fun! 2y
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Shay
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I‘ve been been doing a terrible job of updating GoodReads and writing reviews, and now there are 23 books on my (not-so)currently-reading shelf.

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Johanna414
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This was very good - better than I was expecting even. I think it was an optimistic look at the ways our society treats sexual assault victims, especially when they are teenage girls. But I also think this was intentional on the author‘s part and was very well done.

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brookerhi
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I finished Exit in a day, which tells you that it's an effortless, breezy, fun read that deals with some serious issues. Johnston does a great job of handling all aspects of the story - this is a YA novel that doesn't quite feel like a YA novel - the story is well told. Hermoine is an insightful character, and is written so well that you truly get a sense of who she is. Overall a compelling read that women young & old will enjoy. #yalit

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I bought this book spontaneously because the introduction sounded very interesting and thought-provoking. I was certainly not disappointed! It's my first book about rape, but EXIT... isn't really about rape. It's about surviving, a support system, friendship, parents and a society who likes to blame the victims. The main character Hermione is a voice I won't forget.
#ekjohnston #blanket #tuesdayread #recommended #wow #powerful #survivor

TrishB I brought it based on the title. Was a good read though! 2y
thewallflower0707 I prefer the cover over the title to be honest. The flying girl really fits the story. 2y
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bookishkris
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This was a spectacular book. Real, funny, tragic, heartbreaking. But it's the real that is going to leave me thinking about this for a long time. I don't really have coherent thoughts other than that, except that everyone needs to read this book.

Jinjer Ok. Stacked! 2y
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Coleen
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Despite the disturbing subject matter (sexual assault/rape), I really, really liked this one. Not necessarily your typical rape victim characterization, the main character is gritty and tough and determined to get her life back on track in the midst of her senior year. Excellent on audio -- the reader (Jorjeana Marie) hit this one out of the park. Definitely recommend!

PrincessLibrarian I loved this book. 2y
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TheKidUpstairs
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Three very different books about #highschoolers I've read this year. Would recommend all of them!

#backtoreading
@tiffy_reads @JoeStalksBeck

Oryx I've read two of these, and thought they were great, so I'm thinking I'll probably like the third (Exit). To the TBR it goes. 2y
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I finished 3 books in one day! Wow! This book was so good, I couldn't put it down. This was originally on my list because it was supposedly like Veronica Mars. It's not. However, I still think everyone should read it. Trigger Warning for Sexual Assault and abortion. Cheerleader who goes to camp, gets pregnant and her journey on how she deals with it.

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I have so many things to say about this book and I have no idea how to say them. This is the story of sexual assault that deserves to be heard, the victim/survivors story. This book isn't about a rapist. It's about a girl who picked herself up and found ways to keep moving forward even after the horrible things that he put her through.

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Conleyheather
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Wow! I read a lot of young adult, and I must say this one got my attention. I haven't read one quite like this. Not the best, but definitely memorable.

hermyknee I really loved that book. It's something special. 2y
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Conleyheather
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That is the way to introduce a section. I got goosebumps. #Shakespeare #winterstale #yalit

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Eryn2513
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Honestly, the writing was a little pedantic and the characters somewhat unbelievable... but the author broached some really sensitive subjects in a realistic manner, so I'm giving it a thumbs up anyhow.

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Eryn2513
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My entry for #eclecticreadathon scavenger hunt prompt, reading while exercising! Finishing this audiobook while I walk my herd around the village. 300 lbs of dog, 4 leashes, one girl. At least I get to walk alongside the Arctic Ocean! @EclecticReaders @Merethebookgal

Merethebookgal Wow! Impressive! 2y
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Conleyheather
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Early trip to the library this morning for some me time after taking the kids to daycare. #papertowns #johngreen #nooneiscomingtosaveus #bookhaul #libraryhaul

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"DNA isn't the magic bullet most people think it is."
OLIVIA BENSON, YOU LIED TO ME!

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aimeereadsalot
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Who knew a book about cheerleaders would resonate so well with this former theater nerd? Polly and Hermione are friendship goals for sure.

Latenightreading Your profile picture, I have that same Teeturtle shirt ❤️ 2y
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There are way too many real-life scenarios of how NOT to deal with rape; it was wonderful to read a book that modeled how the aftermath can be handled in a way that is supportive, courageous, and honest. A definite recommend, despite the boring, cheer-focused first chapters. The rest is stellar YA and adult reading.

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Deborah42
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Never could I have imagined that I would ever feel so sympathetic towards a cheerleader. Not what I expected when I picked up the book (another from the YALSA Hub Reading Challenge), but I already love this author. Gorgeously written story about a girl who is raped and who actually has the kind of support system that everyone who goes through this should have. Hermione is much more than a victim and Polly is the friend we all need.

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TbrandBeyond
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Really love this book!

Conleyheather It was great! 2y
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Soubhiville
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This book is amazing, but serious trigger warnings- read the blurb before attempting to read the book. If you can handle it, I highly recommend it!
#smellsliketeenspirit #fullofcheerleading

monkeygirlsmama I've stacked this. Thanks for the recommendation. I'm a big Veronica Mars fan so the blurb comment about it being similar is a big selling point. Though, if I'm being honest I'd have thought it sounded like a read worth checking into either way based on the write up. 3y
RealLifeReading Yeah that Veronica Mars mention made me put it on my tbr! 3y
Cinfhen How graphic is the sexual abuse/violence? 3y
Soubhiville @Cinfhen not at all. It's more mentioned then described. She doesn't remember it, because she was drugged. 3y
Cinfhen Oh good! I can handle that! Book has now been stacked 🙂 3y
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