Uncomfortable issues, two reviews for a couple of amazing books
An excellent portrayal of how a rape victim is treated by society. Some Boys tells the story of Grace after her rape by Zac, a popular lacrosse player, who filmed part of the encounter and posted it online to refute Grace’s claim. The narration is told from two points of view, Grace and Ian, Zac’s best friend, during spring break when they share locker cleaning duty as disciplinary treatment for outbursts at school. They have liked each other in the past but the rape and subsequent social fallout have made a relationship near impossible.
Blaming the victim, rape culture, gender roles, and expectations are all taken in this book. Many people need to hear about these issues, and I want Some Boys to be more than a voice crying in the wilderness. #shoutingback is a hashtag used by a tumblr blog and Twitter page called Everyday Sexism where women can share their stories of harassment to help call attention to the problems they encounter everyday.