I Stop Somewhere

I Stop Somewhere

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Tormented throughout middle school, Ellie begins her freshman year with a new look: she doesn't need to be popular; she just needs to blend in with the wallpaper. But when the unthinkable happens, Ellie finds herself trapped after a brutal assault. She wasn't the first victim, and now she watches it happen again and again. She tries to hold on to her happier memories in order to get past the cold days, waiting for someone to find her. The problem is, no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place.
Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2018
ISBN: 9781250124647
Branch Call Number: CARTER
Characteristics: 298 pages ; 22 cm

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faithmurri99
Apr 22, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: abuse and assault

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faithmurri99
Apr 22, 2018

Sexual Content: several rapes and sexual assaults take place, as well as consensual sexual relations

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faithmurri99
Apr 22, 2018

Violence: a character is brutally raped and murdered, and other characters are also raped

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faithmurri99
Apr 22, 2018

Coarse Language: Many characters swear; vulgar language, especially regarding women, is used

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faithmurri99
Apr 22, 2018

A warning before I begin. This book focuses on very heavy topics that may be triggers for some readers. If you have suffered sexual assault or other abuse, I would be wary about reading this, as there are graphic scenes.

From the very first page of this book, I was completely drawn in. From the first line, the first word, I knew I was reading something that mattered, something that was so important. The writing is almost lyrical in its beauty. It feels like something haunted and true and private and sacred. It feels like the poem of a soul. I couldn't put it down. I couldn't sleep. I was thinking only of this book and the precious, necessary story told within. The symbols in this book were consistent and poignant; they carved themselves in my heart. Houses, ghosts, zombies, lost girls--all caught between life and death, between existing and not. I was highlighting everything.

Our narrator is an average, invisible girl. She does little with her life. She doesn't even know who she is. She wants to be the definitions of "girl" she sees in magazines, the type of girl that is noticed, but in a good way, a way that means you are important and lovable. Unfortunately, that wasn't to be. Instead, she is used and discarded by the boy she thought she loved, thought she needed. She reflects on her Before and her After, and what she learns about what it means to mean something is truly powerful.

This was so much more than a book about rape. This was a book about loss and forgiveness (of yourself and others), about blame and where it lies, and what it means to matter. It was about what makes a girl. I felt like I was a part of something reading this. I felt personally touched and changed. I've experienced my own #metoo moments, though not as severe as in this book, but it struck a chord in me. I was left feeling strangely optimistic, though it doesn't have happy ending by any means. Nevertheless, I went away with the message (a message that has been a constant thought in my life recently, and a constant help as well) that the world is still full of beautiful things. That the horrible and the bad don't discount the tender sweet things. That life, even lost, is still wonderful.

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faithmurri99
Apr 22, 2018

faithmurri99 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Laura_X Feb 22, 2019

Winter broke the trees and now it's breaking all the people, too.

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