Title: No Virgin
Author: Anne Cassidy
Publisher: Hot Key Books
UK Release Date: 3rd November 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Trigger warning: sexual assault, rape.
From the author of the critically acclaimed, LOOKING FOR JJ, shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 2004 and the Carnegie Medal in 2005.
My name is Stacey Woods and I was raped.
Stacey is the victim of a terrible sexual attack. She does not feel able to go to the police, or talk about it to anybody other than her best friend, Patrice. Patrice, outraged, when she cannot persuade her to go to the police, encourages Stacey to write everything down. This is Stacey’s story.
A tautly told and important book, perfect for readers of Asking for It by Louise O’Neill.
I’ve read so many Anne Cassidy books over the years, and so when this book came out last November I was very keen to read it. I only just got around to it in more recent months, but when I did it really didn’t take long at all, as the book is less than 200 pages long, and so I raced through it in an afternoon. Although the overall message was good, I wasn’t massively impressed by the book.