Review – No Shame (Blog Tour!)

(TW: this review discusses rape and sexual assault.)

No Shame Final Cover.jpgTitle: No Shame
Author:  Anne Cassidy
Published by: Hot Key Books
Publication date: 21st September 2017
Pages: 192, paperback
Genre: YA, contemporary

Stacey Woods has been raped and now she has to go through a different ordeal – the court trial. But nothing in life it seems is black and white and life is not always fair or just. Suddenly it seems that she may not be believed and that the man who attacked her may be found not guilty . . . if so Stacey will need to find a way to rebuild her life again . . .

A tautly told and important book, perfect for readers of Asking for It by Louise O’Neill.

Waterstones | Amazon | A Great Read*

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Anne Cassidy Head Shot (BLUE)I read Anne Cassidy’s No Virgin earlier this year, and I was thrilled to discover that this sequel was coming out – the story hadn’t felt finished to me, and I was left in a mild state of shock after I finished. I would definitely say that No Shame is even better than the first book, and tackled this sensitive subject very well. Today, as part of the Blog Tour for this book, I will be reviewing this book, and discussing exactly why it is such an important book (and thank you so much to the lovely people at Hot Key Books for sending me a copy of No Shame!).

This book explores both the court case itself, which was very detailed, and covered so many aspects of the process (making the whole thing seem horrifyingly real), and how Stacey herself was impacted. Besides the heavy content of this book, I think it was written in a way which made it simple to understand and empathise with the characters – making it suitable for younger readers as well as older ones, in my opinion. It is hugely important that the subject of rape is available for younger teens to read about in the form of fiction, so long as it is done with immense care, and I think Anne Cassidy handled it brilliantly.

Honestly, Stacey often frustrated me immensely, due to her feelings towards Harry and the difficulty she had seeing him as a villain; that said, I thought she had extremely strong characterisation and was very realistic. As a teenage girl who went through a hugely traumatic experience, I think it’s justifiable that her feelings and emotions would be a bit scattered, and I loved how, throughout the book, she slowly took control of her own life again.

The ending of this book was, in my opinion, very powerful. Obviously I do not wish to spoil it for anyone who has not read this book yet, and of course it’s not an easy story to resolve – it’s pretty much impossible to have a ‘happily ever after’. Nonetheless, I felt satisfied with the ending, and I thought the message it imparted at the end of the book was excellent. It was hopeful – and that’s all I’m going to say about it (so I guess you’ll just have to read it to find out more?).

This unflinching story is something that everyone needs to read. Yes, it hurt to read a lot of the time, but I felt the importance on every page, and I am so glad this book was written, and is available for people (especially girls) of all ages to read.

4stars

Make sure to check out the other stops on the blog tour!

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Blogger Recognition Award

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I was nominated by both Kate and Jess to do this award – I have been wanting to do this for a while, because it’s such a nice blog. You simply share the story of how you started your blog, and then give some advice to new bloggers – it’s perfect for reflecting on your own blogging, as well as getting involved with your fellow bloggers!

RULES

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.

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One year of blogging – a recap

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In October 2016, I started to consider starting my own book blog. I had been thinking about it all summer, ever since my sister Jess started her blog and I was getting massive FOMO; but, at the beginning of the school year I resolved that I was definitely starting my own blog. I took coming up with a name very seriously – I even remembering DMing Amber from The Mile Long Bookshelf to ask a question about naming my blog (which she, of course, very helpfully answered). From the moment I published my first post, I have adored blogging. It was just what I needed, filling me with an excitement that I haven’t felt for years – a feeling which, come to think about, I have only ever felt towards book-related things.

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Review – Moxie

35383830Title: Moxie
Author:  Jennifer Mathieu
Published by: Hodder Children’s Books
Publication date: 21st September 2017
Pages: 340, paperback
Genre: YA, contemporary, feminism

It’s time to fight like a girl!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her high school teachers who think the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mum was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates Moxie, a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond and spread the Moxie message. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realises that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

TIME TO FIGHT LIKE A GIRL

A page-turning read with a feminist message, for anyone who has ever had to deal with #everydaysexism

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It’s official: Moxie is exactly what YA needs at the moment. To be honest, it’s what the world needs at the moment. This book had me so fired up, in a totally inspiring way. Lots of people have been talking about this book at the moment, and it is definitely worth the hype (though for anyone who has not read this yet, please note that this book does touch upon sexual harassment and sexual assault – not in too much detail, but this is something to be aware of)!

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In September I Read | 2017

September has flown by – summer’s long gone and I started back at school, which means I now have less time to read than I would like to. That said, I did manage to read six books this month, and a couple of them were ones I’ve been looking forward to all year round!

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The first book (well, play) I read was A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennesse Williams. I just started English Literature A-Level and this is one of my set texts, so I decided to read it to give me a better understanding of the play when I’m studying it. I really enjoyed it – the characters are very complex, and in particular I find Blanche incredibly interesting. I look forward to studying this in more depth!

Next I read what was perhaps my most anticipated book of 2017: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I cannot believe it took me this long to read this book, but I finally have, and I loved being back in the Shadowhunter world. I actually rated it slightly lower than other books by Cassandra Clare (meaning, four and a half stars as opposed to five), simply because it was so long, but I thought this book was really excellent. I posted my review in September as well, so you can see my full thoughts there!

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Victober TBR | 2017

One of my reading goals for this year to read more widely, and so when I heard about Victober I thought it would be a great place to start! Victober is essentially about reading Victorian literature in October – you can choose to read whatever you want, or follow the reading challenges that have been set. This year, Victober is being ran by Lucy @ Lucy the Reader, Kate @ Kate Howe, Ange @ Beyond the Pages, and Katie @ Books and Things, and they are the ones who have set the challenges I am going to try and complete!

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