“It takes a lot of things to make a girl, but breaking her? It only takes a few pretty words and a crooked smile.”
I Stop Somewhere is an emotional and sad book about the Ellie – the girl who was raped and murdered, and who now being a ghost, observes the world around her as she cannot leave her body behind.
As Ellie Frias starts her freshman year at the new school, she wants to blend in. She’s had enough of being picked on and pointed out; she wants to disappear and go on with her life. But when a popular guy named Caleb takes the notice of her, Ellie realizes that she does want to be seen and heard. The question is at what cost?
This is a quite distressing and profound book about emotions, love, brutality and gender inequality. The author tells Ellie’s story from two points of view. First is an actual line of events happened, and second Ellie herself observing events around her in present time as a ghost. She witnesses a further crimes of her perpetrators, police work, her dad’s sorrow and a lot of other things. This story is not a lighthearted read but an essential one. However, after finishing it, we both agreed the book is tuned more towards a younger audience.
After reading it, we had quite an in-depth discussion about the main protagonist question – what makes a girl? This brought quite a lot of memories, and furthermore we delved more deeply into how rape is viewed as a crime in nowadays society and why such crime still exists.
We would recommend this book. However, some scenes could be quite sad, and you need to bare in mind that some problems could seem a lot less important to yourself as an adult, rather than Ellie as a teenager.
3.5 out of 5 stars combined
4 stars from 👩🏻🦰
3 stars from 🧔