Rape Girl by Alina Klein #review

30 August 2012
Title: Rape Girl
Author: Alina Klein
Series: none
Publisher: namelos
Date: June 5th 2012
Pages: 126 pages
ISBN: 9781608981236
Source: eARC from NetGalley
Purchase: Rape Girl

Summary from GoodReads:

Rape Girl by Alina Klein
Valerie always wanted to be the smart girl. The pretty girl. The popular girl.

But not the rape girl.

That’s who she is now. Rape Girl. Because everyone seems to think they know the truth about what happened with Adam that day, and they don’t think Valerie’s telling it.

Before, she had a best friend, a crush, and a close-knit family. After, she has a court case, a support group, and a house full of strangers.

The real truth is, nothing will ever be the same.

Rape Girl is the compelling story of a survivor who does the right thing and suffers for it. It is also the story of a young woman’s struggle to find the strength to fight back.

My Thoughts:

I was a little hesitent when I requested this book. I don't normally like to read books about Rape, but I was hoping this one wouldn't make me too angry.
The writting was surperb! I really connected with Val, the main character. I felt so bad for her and everything she endured from the onset of the book.
When Val's mother is out of town she throws a party where there is underage drinking. Her and her best friend Mimi are getting ready when the guests start to arrive. Val puts her little sister to bed ( had me cringing at the mention of a smal child there) and then begins to look for Adam, whom she is crushing on.
Val drinks two wine coolers, and when Adam finds her he gives her something else. After a bit ( not really long at all). Adam suggests they all play spin the bootle, he flicks the bottle so that it lands on Val and they go off together. Val get sick and ends up puking on Adam's shoes. She passes out and I guess the party ends shortly after that.
The chapters in the beginning go from Before to After and switch a few times, so you get the Rape in sections. Val wakes up with a major hangover, and her little sister goes out to play. Adam ends up coming back over and while Val is passed out on the couch he removes most of her clothes. When she awakens, you can imagine what happens.
Val ends up telling her mother, who then calls the cops. So the rape charge is made. The whole school ends up hearing about it and while a few believe Val, most of the school, her now ex best friend included, think that she made it up.
I know how fast and vicious rumors can spread and be in High school, so that wasn't really surprising, what really got me going and had me so mad I almost walked away, was the Principal of the school. I won't go into details about it and ruin anythign, just know that if that was my daughter, I would have his head on a stick!
Val ends up in a support group, and while listening to the other girls talk, she starts to think that maybe she wasn't really raped. I will say that I am happy about the support that the other girls gave her, and the message in the book was really glear and one of support for all young/old girls going through this.
I love the book, and will be purchasing my own copy as soon as I can. I feel that this is one book that really needs to be read by everyone, you may not be a victim yourself, but you may know someone who is. In the acknowledgements of the book, the author states that she herself was a 16 year old rape survivor, and that a portion of the proceeds from Rape Girl will go to Pandora's Project and RAINN. I LOVE when authors take a portion of the money they make and donate to a cause.

My Rating: