Finished Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake. I received a copy for review at ALA.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“`I need Owen to explain this. Because yes, I do know that Owen would never do that, but I also know Hannah would never lie about something like that.’
Mara and Owen are about as close as twins can get. So when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn’t know what to think. Can the brother she loves really be guilty of such a violent crime? Torn between the family she loves and her own sense of right and wrong, Mara is feeling lost, and it doesn’t help that things have been strained with her ex-girlfriend and best friend since childhood, Charlie.
As Mara, Hannah, and Charlie navigate this new terrain, Mara must face a trauma from her own past and decide where Charlie fits in her future. With sensitivity and openness, this timely novel confronts the difficult questions surrounding consent, victim blaming, and sexual assault.”
YOU GUYS, THIS BOOK. It feels so important and so timely and just underscores the fact that basically every woman and teenage girl has a story to tell.
But what’s specific to this book is the way that Mara’s put in the middle. She knows her twin brother better than anyone else and can’t imagine that he’d ever rape someone. But she also knows Hannah (who’s one of her best friends) and she knows that Hannah would never make up being raped or exaggerate what happened, even if she and Owen got into a fight later.
So who do you believe?
This book is amazing. I love it and it broke my heart and made me furious. I think it’s the best thing she’s written yet (which, incidentally, is really saying something. I’ve read everything but her first—Suffer Love—and they’re all incredible).
Highly recommended, but you won’t be able to stop thinking about it.