What They Don't Know
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 ...more
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I'm going to say right off the bat that this novel delves into some very deep core issues that revolve around rape, pregnancy, abortion, friendship, men vs women gender roles, religion, and safety.
Nicole Maggi explores a coming of age story about sixteen year old Mellie who becomes pregnant from being raped. Mellie comes from a strong fundamentalist family... and she thinks that she will ultimately be blamed ...more
Mellie comes from a church going family, her father being Mayor of their town. Mellie, is raped and as a result of that rape becomes pregnant. She must make the decision of what to do about her pregnancy.
Lise, volunteers at a woman's clinic that along with women's health procedures, also carries out abortion.
I’m going to cry a little more now 😶
I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I have to admit it. I judged this book by its cover. I was certain it was a mystery & thriller.
Turns out, it wasn't. This was a contemporary novel about equality, abortion and girl power.
Mellie was raised in a very religious family, is anti-choice and wears a chastity ring. But she really starts questioning everything when she gets pregnant after being raped.
Lise is hiding a secret from everyone and can tell som ...more
I want to thank to SOURCEBOOKS Fire and NetGalley for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest review.
OMG this book is really powerful, I feel it was more than I expected and that's great. It's a book about abortion, it focuses entirely on that issue and although it touches other ones as well, I think it's necessary for you to know that's what you will find with. It's such a delicate subject to be touched in a book and even so, the author has done it in an excellent way, I'm really ...more
Pregnant by rape, sixteen-year-old Mellie knows her zealously fundamentalist family will blame her for the attack and take away her choices. Lise, her classmate, senses she can help. Told in letters/journal entries to their English teacher the young women develop a deep, trusting friendship.
I knew I was reading something special a few pages into ...more
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Content warnings: rape, sexual assault, rape resulting in pregnancy, pregnancy, talk of miscarrying, abortion, description of abortion, victim-blaming, unsafe home environment, misogyny (challenged), homophobic behavior (challenged), anti-abortion rhetoric (challenged), religion, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, grief, ...more
Mellie's family is very conservative, so when she discovers that she is pregnant, she isn't sure what she should do. She has always believed that abortion is wrong in all circumstances, but she is certain that she doesn't want to carry this baby, even to give it up for adoption. Lise used to be friends with Mellie before Mellie's family took her out of Girl Scouts. They are still classmates, but their lives couldn't be more different. W ...more
*I was provided with an ARC of this book through Netgalley, in exchange for my honest opinion.
This book is definitely one that will catch you off guard, I was not expecting what I just experienced at all. The very first chapter had me gripped, and I stayed that way throughout the whole book. This was a very easy read, in terms of flying through it, but not in the subject matter. I struggled in reading some parts, as they were just so sad and raw ...more
The synopsis hinted at ...more
You probably think you know who I am, but I'm here to tell you that you don't.
What They Don't Know is a story of two high school girls, two unlikely friends, told through alternating journal entries as a part of Ms. Tilson's English assignment. The synopsis says something about "three big secrets", but really there's just one of any significance, and that is Mellie ...more
Special thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
TRIGGER WARNINGS: rape, rape resulting in pregnancy, abortion
I believe the message in the book is an important one, but I don't know that I agree with the execution all that much. Everything in the book seems to be so black and white. Which is kind of ironic because one of the things in the book that Mellie realizes is how many shad ...more
This is one of the most emotionally raw books I've read recently. I wasn't expecting for a book geared toward teen to have the subject matter to be so deep and hold you until the end.
Mellie finds herself pregnant, a product of rape. Her family is extremely conservative. She's been taught and believes abortion is wrong. She knows she doesn't want the baby. Mellie carrying until adoption would have her reliving the rape c ...more
I was given this book by Edelweiss for an honest review.
This book was so powerful and I was very emotional, especially towards the end. I'm in a sorority and our national philanthropy is RAINN (Rape Abuse Incent National Network) and we do a lot of fundraising and spread awareness for sexual assault on campus so since this organization was mentioned in this book, it hit close to home.
Sadly, many women go through the things that the main character, Mellie, went through. She's raped ...more
Trigger warning: rape & abortion
This story covers a vital topic and a message that will resonate with a target audience. But the storyline is very one dimensional which I think reduces the impact on the reader.
Boy, this is going to be a tough one. First, this is very sensitive subject matter. The book brings up several issues that will hopefully open the door to many worthwhile conversations, but its main focus is on abortion. I find that it will be really hard to keep my personal feelings on the subject separate from reviewing ...more
**A copy of this novel was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
Nicole Maggi’s What They Don’t know will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions that leave you feeling some kind of way at the end.
The story follows Mellie and Lise, both holding secrets of their own that could have life changing consequences. Mellie is from a conservative home with a politician father and a mother who will do just a ...more
Thank you to Net Galley for an e-arc in exchange for an honest review!
Heavy trigger warning for rape/pregnancy due to rape, toxic family environment
Let me start out by saying the message of this book is so important and I stand by it completely. The novel follows two girls: Mellie, who suffers a rape that results in pregnancy and struggles with what to do about it due to her family's fundamentalist Christian/extreme anti-abortion views, and Lise, who represents basically the opposite, pro-c ...more
This book sucked. me. in. I had a hard time putting it down, not just because I wanted to know what happened, I NEEDED to know. I loved the letter format of What They Don't Know. It allowed for character development on a deeper level, which I appreciated. I always enjoy when a heavy topic is tackled in a book, and this my friend is a HEAVY topic. I admired the two girls friendship and quickly felt like I could be their third wheel.
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