*Trigger Warning: This book contains a lot of difficult content including bullying & sexual assault*
Romy is used to being the girl with the reputation, the girl who's father is an alcoholic and who nobody really likes. When a girl Romy used to be friends with goes missing at the same time that Romy turns up on a deserted road with her clothes ripped and no memory of what happened, everyone in the town starts to blame Romy for taking the attention of the police force away from the search of the missing girl.
This book has a lot of themes that overlap in realistic ways, including sexual assault, bullying, murder, the portrayal of victims of sexual assault, alcoholism, and a lot more that I'm sure I can't even touch upon in this review. It was a very difficult read, because it felt so real, and Romy's pain was so apparent throughout the entire book, the reader can't help but feel it radiating through the pages. I would highly recommend reading this book - but be careful, although it is beautiful and has amazing characters, it's a tough one!
"[This book] forces us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?"