WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW BY NICOLE MAGGI | BOOK REVIEW

AUTHOR: Nicole Maggi
PUBLICATION DATE: October 2nd, 2018
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire
GENRE: Contemporary
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TRIGGER WARNINGS: RAPE, RAPE RESULTING IN TEEN PREGNANCY, TALK OF MISCARRYING, ABORTION 

SYNOPSIS:

Three secrets. One decision. A friendship that will change everything.

Mellie has always been the reliable friend, the good student, the doting daughter. But when an unspeakable act leads her to withdraw from everyone she loves, she is faced with a life-altering choice―a choice she must face alone.

Lise stands up―and speaks out―for what she believes in. And when she notices Mellie acting strangely, she gets caught up in trying to save her…all while trying to protect her own secret. One that might be the key to helping Mellie.

Told through Mellie and Lise’s journal entries, this powerful, emotional novel chronicles Mellie’s struggle to decide what is right for her and the unbreakable bond formed by the two girls on their journey.

RATING: 4/5 STARS

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This was such a timely and wonderfully written novel about teen pregnancy, abortion rights, and pro-life vs pro-choice. Prior to reading this book, I had minimal knowledge on this matters, but now I’m more educated and know which side I support.

The plot is pretty simple, but it packs a punch. A teen girl is raped and gets pregnant, and her family is very religious and pro-life. The book is basically about her trying to figure what to do and who to trust. I will say that the book is heavily biased against pro-life, and it makes them seem very evil.

The main characters are Mellie and Lise, and the story is told through their diary entries which are addressed to an English teacher who assigned them to write in a journal. They write all their secrets in this journal, and when Lise sees Mellie crying in the bathroom, she knows that she has to help her childhood friend, the fact that they grew apart not mattering

Overall, I just wanted to give Mellie a hug, but what happens to her is a reality to many other women around the world. It really made me think and honestly, I don’t have much more to say than that. Please read this book. It changed my life, and it might change yours too.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog post! Please leave a comment so I can show my appreciation! Hope you have/had a good day!

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