Sixteen-year-old Elspeth McCaffrey’s normal, teenage life ended the day she was date-raped while studying abroad in England. Her therapist tells her it just takes time; she will heal soon enough. The long, dull days at school and evenings alone in bed with her IPod will vanish like whipped cream in hot chocolate. The memories will fade and her zeal for life will return.
Right. An amoeba has a better existence than me...
Her best friend, Charlie, tries his best to help but his needs are just as great. Her ex-boyfriend, Matt, wants to be close but she’d rather curl up with a pillow than embrace anything with life. Pain and fear riddle her brain like bullets and she dreams of nothing but running until she can no longer feel. Then Matt invades her personal space or Charlie grabs her hand.
Feeling might be worthwhile after all...
As I spoke the words “I was raped”, the man sitting across from me smiled.