Synopses & Reviews
According to RAINN the largest anti sexual violence organization in the U.S. 80 of rapes are committed by someone the victim knows and 68 go unreported. These statistics underpin Smith’s debut which opens with 14 year old Eden being raped by her brother’s best friend while her family sleeps down the hall. Kevin tells good girl band geek Eden that no one will believe her and she’s sure that he is right: Kevin is her brother’s teammate and roommate and her family revolves around her brother. While Eden changes virtually overnight no one knows what happened—largely it seems because no one wants to. Smith tracks Eden through her four years in high school spotlighting her shifting relationship with her friend Mara the caring boyfriend she lies to and her increasing acting out with booze and sex. It’s painful to watch Eden disintegrate but also true to the double burden she carries—the violation of the rape and the weight of carrying the secret. The long term view Smith takes of Eden’s story makes it all the more satisfying when she does find her voice. Ages 14–up. Agent: Jessica Regel Foundry Literary + Media. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
A New York Times bestseller
In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel shares the unforgettable story of a young woman as she struggles to find strength in the aftermath of an assault.
Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn t change who she was. But the night her brother s best friend rapes her, Eden s world capsizes.
What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved who she once loved she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.
Told in four parts freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year this provocative debut reveals the deep cuts of trauma. But it also demonstrates one young woman s strength as she navigates the disappointment and unbearable pains of adolescence, of first love and first heartbreak, of friendships broken and rebuilt, and while learning to embrace a power of survival she never knew she had hidden within her heart."