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  • An Important and moving Novel

    Thank you to netgalley and the publisher of this book Sourcebooks Fire for an advance copy of the book for an honest review. "Someone I Used to Know" by Patty Blount is not just a wonderfully written novel but a very important one. As a survivor myself I have not read a book that is as accurate as this novel is. Ashley is a fourteen year old excited to start off her Freshman year, not just because she wants to be in highschool but because she wants to be able to bond with her brother Derek. Derek is a football player who is tired of his baby sister and has been for a long time. The were once really close but not so much now. One day a stupid, dangerous game that the football team loves to play ruins not only the relationship between the brother and sister but it also changes Ashley's life. The Bengals (the high school football team) participate in a scavenger hunt that terrorizes the girls in school. The boys get points for the various sexual activities they complete and Derek is more than ready to participate. So is the captain of the team Vic who happens to have "Sex with a virgin" on his list and he knows the virgin he wants is Ashley. This book is not an easy book to read. It leaves us to question ourselves and the world we live in. It shows that survivors are not only the people that are raped but their friends ad families as well.. It talks about healing and how hard it move on from the terror and pain survivors go through. Patty Blount really explains what it feels like to be a woman. How scary it is to walk to your car alone after dark. How sometimes just standing in line makes you a victim as some jerk behind you will grab you and think it is funny. She discusses through her characters how we live in a world of rape culture and how it is everywhere we go. We see Derek grow and change as he finally, after two years begins to work through the things that happened leading up to and after his sister's rape. We see Derek grown and become a real man. Blount also does a wonderful job with Ashley as she deals with the horror,PTSD and life in general after a rape. She is a strong, brave character who refuses to accept that she should live like a victim. Ashley is a fighter and we love her for it. This is the perfect book and it has been released at the perfect time. The Me Too movement has finally brought rape culture to the forefront and this book is the perfect book to help others understand what it is like. #Negalley #SourcebooksFire #Pattyblount #Someoneiusedtoknow #metoo

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