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Greenbush Public Library ya MCL (Text) 35500006331936 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250173805
  • ISBN: 1250173809
  • Physical Description: 327 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Wednesday Books, 2020.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"We never asked for this."--Cover.
Summary, etc.:
"Raw, unflinching, and authentic, Kate McLaughlin's thoughtful What Unbreakable Looks Like carefully crafts a story exposing the vulnerability of underage trafficked girls and what it takes to begin the process of healing from sexual trauma."-Christa Desir, author, advocate, and founding member of The Voices and Faces Project Lex was taken-trafficked-and now she's Poppy. Kept in a hotel with other girls, her old life is a distant memory. But when the girls are rescued, she doesn't quite know how to be Lex again. After she moves in with her aunt and uncle, for the first time in a long time, she knows what it is to feel truly safe. Except, she doesn't trust it. Doesn't trust her new home. Doesn't trust her new friend. Doesn't trust her new life. Instead she trusts what she shouldn't because that's what feels right. She doesn't deserve good things. But when she is sexually assaulted by her so-called boyfriend and his friends, Lex is forced to reckon with what happened to her and that just because she is used to it, doesn't mean it is okay. She's thrust into the limelight and realizes she has the power to help others. But first she'll have to confront the monsters of her past with the help of her family, friends, and a new love. Kate McLaughlin's What Unbreakable Looks Like is a gritty, ultimately hopeful novel about human trafficking through the lens of a girl who has escaped the life and learned to trust, not only others, but in herself"-- Provided by publisher.
Lex was taken-- trafficked-- and became Poppy. Kept in a hotel with other girls, her old life is a distant memory. When the girls are rescued, she moves in with her aunt and uncle. She should be truly safe-- except, she doesn't trust it. Doesn't trust her new home. Doesn't trust her new friend. Doesn't trust her new life. She doesn't deserve good things. When she is sexually assaulted by her so-called boyfriend and his friends, Lex is forced to reckon with what happened to her. Thrust into the limelight, Lex realizes she has the power to help others-- if she can confront the monsters of her past. -- adapted from jacket
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 June #1
    *Starred Review* At 17, Poppy is one of Mitch's "flowers," whom he keeps at a motel and sells for sex on a secret website. When rescued from a life as a trafficked teen, Poppy has a choice: escape the hospital where she's recuperating or live with her aunt and uncle, who want to help her become Alexa—Lex—again. She chooses her family and begins the difficult journey to recovery. She makes friends who are supportive, but trust remains an issue, and obstacles impede her pathway. For every step forward, "Poppy" reminds Lex that she doesn't deserve anything good in her life. At school, she is sexually assaulted by the boy she's dating and his friends. She's also afraid that her pimp will learn where she lives and kidnap or kill her. Lex's protracted progress is heartrending and moving, but with her support system's constant love and reassurance, she gains internal strength and finds her voice. As a narrator, Lex is frank and reliable. Her history is one of manipulation and exploitation, but eventually her story becomes one of hope and confidence. Drugs, physical abuse, rape, and death appear through the story and are tough to absorb; however, graphic depictions are avoided. This shines a light on a little-talked-about topic that involves teens. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

KATE McLAUGHLIN likes people, so much so that she spends her days making up her own. She likes writing about characters who are bent, but not broken - people who find their internal strength through friends, strife and sometimes humor. When she's not writing, she likes studying people, both real and fictional. She also likes playing board games with friends, talking and discovering new music. A proud Nova Scotian, she'll gladly tell you all about the highest tides in the world, the magical creation known as a donair, and people who have sofas in their kitchens. Currently, she lives in Connecticut with her husband and four cats. She's the author of What Unbreakable Looks Like.

Subject: Human trafficking > Fiction.
Rape > Fiction.
Teenage girls > Fiction.
Trust > Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Human trafficking victims > Fiction.
Teenage girls > Violence against > Fiction.
Sex crimes > Fiction.
Identity (Philosophical concept) > Fiction.
Self-esteem > Fiction.
Drug addiction > Fiction.
Teenagers > Drug use > Fiction.

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