A word of caution before reading, this story does contain potentially delicate themes such as rape and the sex slave trade - so if you see yourself being sensitive to these themes, this book may not be for you.
Lydia Albano’s Finding You was one of the best books I have read in awhile. The book takes place in a dystopian society where a young girl named Isla is taken as she goes to say goodbye to her young love, Tam. She, along with a handful of other girls, are suddenly sold off to a sadistic man. They are then locked in a dungeon, unaware of what their fate might be. Locked in the dungeon, the girls think of their past lives, wishing to get out and hoping desperately for someone to rescue them. They soon learn that they must rely on themselves if they want to have any hope of survival.
I loved this book because it teaches young women that they can be strong even after going through such horrible things. It is important because this book - instead of blaming the victim of rape - empowers her and makes her become the hero that she needs. This book strays away from the old damsel-in-distress mentality that women need a knight in shining armor to rescue them in the face of peril. Finding You really emphasizes the saying “whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger” and shows that a hero(ine) can rise from her own ashes and come back to fight. I believe that this book will change the way people think about rape culture.
Published by Swoon Reads (Macmillan)
Ages 13 and Up
To find out more about the author - http://lydiaalbano.com/blog/
Jacqui J., EO Smith Blogger