This post is long overdue.
I've been sitting on it for too long, worried about potential backlash. And I'm sorry. I'm sorry to all those who would benefit from finding themselves in these stories. I'm sorry to all those who would find solidarity in them and to all those who would feel less alone because of their trauma.
These books are not fun or light or easy to read. But they are important and give courage to those who have experienced sexual assault and teach those who have not been such victims how to be allies and why it is important to fight for them and to fight to stop it from happening with such frequency in the future.
Bravo, you. You are strong and beautiful and courageous. You can overcome this.
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.