Someone You Already Know by Sarahbeth Caplin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
** I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. **
This book by Sarahbeth Caplin is a fantastic read about the tragedy of rape and sexual assault. The story follows two teenage best friends that have both encountered rape and sexual assault. Katherine was raped while walking home one night by a stranger. Elisabeth embarked in a relationship with an older guy who didn’t and wouldn’t take no for an answer. Katherine received criticism for what she was wearing and for walking alone at night; Elisabeth was told she wasn’t assaulted and that she just wasn’t enjoying herself enough. Both doubt one another and try to make their experience seem worse than the other’s. Through time, the girls realize that neither of their experiences is worse than the other; that all sexual assault is horrific especially for the victim.
At the end of this book, there are several discussion questions. I love this feature for this story. I will be using this book for my daughters (and probably son too) since I home school them. Rape and sexual assault should not be swept under the rug and I applaud Ms. Caplin for writing this book so that we, as a society, can overcome the stigma attached to sexual assault.
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