The Nowhere Girls

The Nowhere Girls

Book - 2017 | First Simon Pulse hardcover edition
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"Three misfit girls come together to avenge the rape of a girl none of them knew and in the process start a movement that transforms the lives of everyone around them"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2017
Edition: First Simon Pulse hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781481481731
Call Number: y REED 2017
Characteristics: 404 pages ; 22 cm


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After Grace discovers words carved into her closet by Lucy, who used to live there, and learns Lucy's story, she forms The Nowhere Girls along with two friends. The anonymous group battles sexism at their high school.

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Jul 05, 2020

I was looking up in early 2019 what book should I read. And this was a book that popped up. I have read it 5 times I just loved how it taught me that if your a girl and being raped or used. Then stand up for yourself and for your friends. It is a wonderful book that made me think that I don't have to use force I can use my words.

This was a gut punch in the form of a book that is both maddening in that it reflects the world as it is and absolutely, beautifully heart-wrenching in that it highlights the power of girls in that world. It's a study of sexuality, of teens and their complexities, and I absolutely loved it.

Grace has just moved to the town of Prescott, Oregon, after being run out of her small town in the south because her mom became too progressive for their church. Now, Grace is forced to start a new school and try to make new friends. And that's when she meets Erin and Rosina, two outcasts; Erin is brilliant, and she's going to be a marine biologist one day, while Rosina is a musician who wants more than anything to escape her Mexican family life and become a punk rockstar. The girls are set on righting the sexist ways of the school, and in trying to bring justice for Lucy Moynahan, a girl raped last year, they start The Nowhere Girls, a kind of feminist club. But that's only the beginning of their journey, and each girl goes on a journey to find herself over the course of the events that unfold as they fight for the rights of girls everywhere.

I loved this so much. The characterizations of these girls were so achingly on-point, and each is dealing with the intersections of so many different kinds of oppressions in her life in such different ways. Grace is a chubby white girl, raised in a closed-off community where right and wrong are black and white. Rosina is a dutiful daughter only because she has to be, but as a Mexican lesbian, she shoulders the oppression of the world in so many different avenues of her life. Erin has Asperger's and a past that she is unwilling to talk about; she relies on her routine, her dog Spot, and her own unflinching ability to see the logical side of life to get through.

But each girl begins to see how female companionship and solidarity can positively impact her life as the novel progresses, and watching them draw together and stand up was a major highlight of this book for me.

The plot here is pretty quiet, but it also never left me bored in any way. Essentially, there are three boys who gang rape girls, and they get away with it because the world is patriarchal and sexist and full of utter bullshit. When Grace moves to town and finds writing in her bedroom, scrawled there by Lucy Moynahan, something shifts inside her, and she knows she has to confront this head-on, with the help of these Nowhere Girls. And that's exactly what happens. It's told in alternating perspectives between the three girls, and it also has some sections showcasing different unnamed girls and their perspectives on multiple things. These sections were some of my favourites; they highlight the way that girls can be so drastically different, yet when they come together in support of a cause, they are unstoppable.

I feel like I could ramble on about this one forever. There were so many highlights, so many quotes that gave me chills and made me angry and bitter and hopeful and sad. The world is MESSED UP. There is no doubt in my mind about that fact. But girls? Girls are wonderful. Girls are strong in a way that people can't understand, can't grasp, can't accept until we force them to. And we need more feminist books like this that tell young girls to embrace and explore their sexualities (no matter what they are), that tell them that it's okay to like or not like whoever they want, and that tell them that when they stand strong as a unit, they are forces of nature, undeniably and irrevocably.

Jan 11, 2018

This jumped out as a highly praised novel. Well it was good and very heartfelt it also kinda made me sick to my stomache the lanks people would go to save the popular football players. If I was one of those mothers I'd have probably wanted to punch the principal.

Dec 30, 2017

This book is all about three individual girls; Grace, Rosina and Erin and how they decide to get justice for a girl who became a victim of gang rape. They then start a group called the nowhere girls that helps share a story of Lucy to all the other people of Prescott High. As the group expands, their movement becomes about more than gang rape and all other things and transforms the lives of every individual in their school, the lives of each and every member, and the entire community. I think that this book could really help show people what all of this can do to a person and how it could effect them mentally and physically. And not only can people just read this book but they can find out more information at the back of the book on how they can protect themselves from something that could happen to them. I would give this book a 4/5 star rating.
- @PrimaBallerina of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Empowering, packed with a punch and original, Amy Reed creates a wonderful YA novel with “The Nowhere Girls”. The theme and morale of this story is so important in our modern day society where labels are tossed around like they have the weight of feathers… but Reed reminds us that there are two sides to every story. Grace has just moved to a new town after her preacher mom got kicked out of their old home for her strong and verbal speeches. Erin has Asperger’s syndrome and struggles with a stereotypical mom that doesn’t suit her non-stereotypical self. Rosina works so hard, to no avail from her mother or ginormous family. But what happens when these three girls join and become friends? When they realize that the society they live in is dirt, and they need to clean up the mess? So begins the anonymous group of Nowhere Girls, where the students of Prescott High meet together and create an empowering, bittersweet group to battle the stereotypes and gain their rights. I loved, loved, loved this book and it was so cleverly written to match the character’s personalities. It’s so refreshing to have characters whose characteristics don’t define their personalities, as Grace may be overweight but it’s a background detail that doesn’t change her at all. That’s just one of the great aspects of this novel. This book will stay with you long after you have finished reading it. Rating 4.5/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

ArapahoeKati Oct 30, 2017

I finished this in one day. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. When I was reading it, I was thinking about when I was in high school and how everyone talked about sex: who was having it, who wasn't, who was hot and who was not. Rape is a difficult subject, but Amy Reed handles it with grace and honesty. One of the best teen novels I've read this year.

Oct 02, 2017

A big thanks to Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss for an ARC of this fascinating book. I was a bit hesitant to begin reading it as it is such weighty subject matter. What I found, though, is that I could not help falling in love with the three misfits who started the Nowhere Girls movement: Grace, Rosina and Erin.

My favorite character was definitely Grace as her discovery of the messages in Lucy's old bedroom motivated her to do something. Once she teamed up with Rosina and Erin, the movement is born. What is beautiful about this book is how different these three girls are, yet they work together as a team--loving each other despite their individual quirks. As the movement grows, we see girls of varied ethnicities, religion and interests joining together for justice.

This book is a great reminder of how women/girls can so easily divide against one another when support is most needed. The ending of this book is well worth the journey. Highly recommended for older girls who see a need for change.

As a Christian wife and mother of three young men, I really appreciated how Reed included so many different POVs in this book -- some without names. We see Grace living out her faith and praying to God for guidance. I would contend that she was named Grace to show God's grace in Prescott through the efforts of the Nowhere Girls.

God does care for the downtrodden and broken. We see this time after time throughout His Word(Psalm 10:17-18), but He uses all of us to accomplish deliverance for those in trouble. There is a scene in the book where Krista and Trista are at a wedding and when they hear the pastor expounding on Ephesians 5, they roll their eyes. What we truly need, though, are more folks who believe in the vision of Ephesians 5 and I Corinthians 13 to love one another -- in marriages, families, friendships, churches, neighborhoods, schools and communities. We need the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) manifested in our actions toward one another. In a nutshell, we Christians need to live out the Gospel and transform our communities. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! (II Cor 9:15)


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