by T.E. Carter
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: February 27, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Ellie Frias disappeared long before she vanished.
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.
TE Carter's stirring and visceral debut not only discusses and dismantles rape culture, but it also reminds us what it is to be human.
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This book contains the topic of rape culture, it might be a trigger for people.
This book is about Ellie who disappeared after being captured and assaulted. Ellie tells us the story of what is happening and how she got there in her own words.
At first when I was reading I didn’t love the back and forth between past and present I was completely confused on where Ellie was, but as the book goes on I found it to be the perfect start for this book. We go back and forth into Ellie’s memories before she was taken and get a look into her life currently. The author leaves it somewhat vague and grows into more details, which was also driving me a little crazy while reading. I wanted more information up front, but in the end, it was worth it.
Ellie was trying to reinvent herself for high school and by doing this she wanted to make herself blend in more versus being bullied. Ellie reaches out to a neighbor to reinvent her look, which is an interesting relationship that we get a look into. Ellie doesn’t consider her a friend, but the amount of interaction really does show that they weren’t friends that confide in each other.
I loved that we got a look into how Ellie felt about not having a mother growing up as well as a look into the relationship between Ellie and her father. Ellie breaks down the relationship between her and her father while she is being held because she doesn’t have much else going on so it feels like a deeper insight. The author does a great job with the pacing of the story it kept me hooked and wanting to keep reading. I wanted to know what was going to happen to Ellie in the end.
I would suggest this as a weekend read. I found it hard to put the book down I wanted to try and piece together what was going on in the book.
I received a copy of this book from the Fantastic Flying Book Club for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book.
My Rating: 4/5
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
TE Carter was born in New England and has lived in New England for pretty much her entire life. Throughout her career, she’s done a lot of things, although her passion has always been writing. When she’s not writing, she can generally be found reading classic literature, playing Xbox, organizing her comic collection, or binge watching baking competitions. She continues to live in New England with her husband and their two cats.
• Prize: 1 hardcover copy of I STOP SOMEWHERE by T.E. Carter (US Only)
• Starts: 2/19
• Ends: 3/9
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