The Nowhere Girls (Hardcover)
This is a book about finding your way. Finding your way is never easy, it can be especially hard if you are a teenager, in a new town, with a disability and ghosts that haunt you. It can be exceeding difficult when your family doesn't get it - when a town is in denial and when sides are being taken. Yet, this is a book that shows that perseverance, being true to yourself and finding those hard to find friends is worth the battle, even when it is painful. This book touches on so many topics so real in our world, and so raw. It ranges from the relationships of young males and females to the relationships being fostered and figured out between same-sex individuals. It deals with the tough topic of rape and the manner by which society deals, or doesn't deal with it. And it talks about family, and how those special people can also make life difficult to navigate. It is a fleshy book that is well worth the read, no matter if you are a high school student or an adult. It is a story of grit.— Natalie, English Teacher at Mountain Vista High School
Reading Nowhere Girls took me back to everything I felt growing up. I remember so distinctly the insecurity and discomfort of trying to be a young woman the ‘right’ way, and reading this book made me want to reach back through time and offer it to myself at fifteen.
Amy wrote the stories and lessons that I’ve spent nearly 15 years trying to learn in 400 pages, and I wish, I wish, I wish I could have had a book like this to help me begin to wrap my head around them sooner. A story to help me understand not only the feelings I was beginning to experience, but also the flaws in the way I was being taught to feel about those experiences.
This book will matter to every person who reads it in different ways, and the paragraphs that I could write to you now to explain why it has affected me are innumerable, but it can all be stated succinctly is the same simple sentence scrawled to me when I received it: This book is important. It is so, so important. I am so grateful, and I am so thrilled to be able to share it with more people, men and women, young and old.— Sam Foster, Union Station Buyer
“A call-to-action to everyone out there who wants to fight back.” —Bustle
“Subversive anti-sexism—just try to put it down.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Cuts straight to the core of rape culture—masterfully fierce, stirring, and deeply empowering.” —Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used to Be
Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.
Who are the Nowhere Girls?
They’re everygirl. But they start with just three:
Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.
Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.
Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android.
When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students.
Told in alternating perspectives, this groundbreaking novel is an indictment of rape culture and explores with bold honesty the deepest questions about teen girls and sexuality.
About the Author
Amy Reed is the author of the contemporary young adult novels Beautiful, Clean, Crazy, Over You, Damaged, Invincible, Unforgivable, The Nowhere Girls, and The Boy and Girl Who Broke the World. She is also the editor of Our Stories, Our Voices. She is a feminist, mother, and quadruple Virgo who enjoys running, making lists, and wandering around the mountains of western North Carolina where she lives. You can find her online at AmyReedFiction.com.
"Empowering, brutally honest, and realistically complex" –Buzzfeed
“A call-to-action to everyone out there who wants to fight back.” –Bustle
“Cuts straight to the core of rape culture—masterfully fierce, stirring, and deeply empowering.” –Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used to Be
“Subversive anti-sexism—just try to put it down.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A thoughtful, literary portrayal of female sexuality in a culture that often rejects it.” –Booklist, starred review
“Gritty and timely.” –School Library Journal, starred review
“A must-read.” –VOYA