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