Book Review: No Shame (Anne Cassidy)

* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Pages: 192

Release Date: September 21st 2017

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 . . .

Review:

This is one of those books where it’s weird to say I enjoyed it – not because it wasn’t good, but it’s just not the appropriate word.

I hadn’t thought there would be a sequel to No Virgin but it makes sense when you think about it: the actual event of a rape isn’t the end of things for the victim. Whether they decide to prosecute the perpetrator or deal with the emotional aftermath by themselves, the story is far from over.

It’s months since Stacey Woods was raped by the brother of a boy she liked, and they’re about to go to trial. She’ll have to face the man who raped her, go through the ordeal in front of the court, and face his defense lawyer trying to discredit her. And after all that, there’s still a chance he’ll be found not guilty.

I read this book in about a day. I was feeling emotional at the time as it was and this only heightened that. The trial made me so angry. I can’t believe that in rape cases we still have to go through irrelevant things like the victim’s sexual history or what they were wearing. They could have been butt naked and have had sex with a hundred people previous: it doesn’t matter, rape is still rape.

This book is as raw and unflinching as the first and really makes you think about the way we see rape as a society. I felt so invested in Stacey’s story, so angry on her behalf, and it’s made worse knowing that this is something girls and women face all too often.

This isn’t exactly a pleasant read, but it is a powerful one that feels like it lives beyond the page. It’s not an easy read but I’d still recommend it.

4

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