Parents' Guide to

The Nowhere Girls

By Samara Meyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Teens aim to end school's rape culture in empowering tale.

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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

Empowering tale with a lot of unnecessary and demeaning stereotypes

The second half of this book was great. Erin is a well developed character that gives the reader a bit of understanding about Aspergers. The girls come together and support each other. I liked how it showed many female points of view. That said, the first half of the book is full of nasty stereotypes of "conservative Christians" They are all backward, selfish, and mean. The women are portrayed as weak. This book gives the impression that all men are predators. There isn't one well developed male character.

Is It Any Good?

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Author Amy Reed brings depth and authenticity to this transformative story of friendship and activism. With heartfelt sensitivity for survivors of sexual assault and a deep understanding of the complexities of teen girlhood, Reed features a range of perspectives while smoothly transitioning between narrative voices. Identities often sorely misrepresented in popular media -- like working class, queer, immigrant, and disabled characters -- are multidimensional and treated with respect here. Teens can find a lot to relate to in this diverse cast, who realistically juggle the social pressures of high school, family stress, and their own insecurities.

The Nowhere Girls’ many challenging topics are balanced by the well-developed, wonderfully uplifting character arcs of the three main characters, which will have readers rooting for them from the very first chapter. Grace, Erin, and Rosina are by no means perfect, but they're smart, enjoyable narrators with unique personalities and believable strengths and flaws. Reed is honest and convincing in her portrayal of each girl's journey of personal growth, emphasizing the importance of supportive friendships and speaking up for your beliefs without resorting to cringe-worthy cliches. It is truly touching to witness the Nowhere Girls, with all their differences, unite around a single cause and encourage one another to speak their truths, pursue their passions, and understand their self-worth as girls and as leaders. This is a tremendous, refreshingly nuanced story of girls working together to achieve positive change within themselves and in the world around them that's sure to inspire anyone who picks it up.

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