Genre: Contemporary YA
Boys just aren’t worth the headaches, sixteen year old Elspeth McCaffrey tells herself. Adjusting to life after spending a year abroad has been rough--the one thing her therapist and she agree upon. After long, dull days at school, she spends her evenings alone, curled up in bed with her IPod, attempting to drown out the memories and feelings of the night her life had forever changed--the night she had been date-raped.While her best friend, Charlie, and her ex-boyfriend, Matt, want to be close, Elspeth desires nothing more than a pillow to cry on. The future ceased to exist after her rape and every night she wishes she wouldn’t wake up in the morning. Why then do feelings surface when Matt meets her eye or when Charlie grabs her hand? Feelings that show she has life. If only she could believe once again…
I took a deep breath in and as I spoke the words “I was raped” the man sitting across from me smiled.