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Blurb (from Goodreads):
At once honest and touching, Claire Needell's debut novel is a moving look at date rape and its aftermath, at the love and conflicts among sisters and friends, and how these relationships can hold us together—and tear us apart.
The gap between the Russell sisters—Jan, Erika, and Melanie—widens as each day passes. Then, at a party full of blurred lines and blurred memories, everything changes. Starting that night, where there should be words, there is only angry, scared silence.
And in the aftermath, Jan, Erika, and Melanie will have to work hard to reconnect and help one another heal.
The Word for Yes will inspire necessary conversation about a topical and important issue facing our society. The book includes a thoughtful author's note that provides resources for readers.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I’m in two minds about this book, because it dealt with an important topic, but for me, it didn’t deal with it well.
I found it quite difficult to connect with the characters in this story, and while I felt sorry for Melanie and what happened to her, she wasn’t an easy character to like. Jan and Erika were also only okay characters for me, although it was good of Erika to try to help her sister, even if she didn’t want the help.
The storyline in this was about the three girls’ lives, and also about Melanie’s rape, but for me the rape wasn’t given enough airtime! The whole thing seemed to be treated as a background plot, and just breezed over all the time, which didn’t impress me really.
The ending to this was also a bit disappointing as we didn’t get any sort of resolution at all!
6 out of 10