Title: The Word for Yes
Author: Claire Needell
Synopsis: After their parents’ divorce, Jan, Erika, and Melanie have to get used to the new world order: a father who’s moved to another continent and a mother who throws herself into moving on. Jan, off at her first semester of college, has plenty to worry about, including an outspoken roommate who’s kind of “out there” and an increasingly depressed and troubled long-distance boyfriend. Her younger sisters, left at home in New York City, and dealing with all the pressures of life in high school, aren’t exactly close. Erika is serious and feels awkward and uncomfortable in crowds, though her beauty tends to attract attention. Melanie is socially savvy and just wants to go out—to concerts, to parties, wherever—with her friends. The gap between all three girls widens as each day passes.
Then, at a party full of blurred lines and blurred memories, everything changes. Starting that night, where there should be words, there is only angry, scared silence. And in the aftermath, Jan, Erika, and Melanie will have to work hard to reconnect and help one another heal.
At once touching and raw, Claire Needell’s first novel is an honest look at the love and conflicts among sisters and friends, and how these relationships can hold us together—and tear us apart.
Huge thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this for review!
I really don’t like to write negative reviews, so I’ll keep this short. I didn’t like this. I didn’t connect with any of the characters. I thought Jan was blah, Erika was annoying and Melanie was blah. The mother didn’t seem to care that much AT ALL that her daughter had been raped. The actual subject for rape was like 40 pages of this entire thing. It was so glossed over that I just thought it was wrong for this book to be a book about rape and rape culture.
The dialogue in this was horrific. Nobody talks this way, not even adults. Sometimes I would re-read the dialogue and just wonder wtf.
I was so looking forward to this, books about rape and rape culture are so important. But sadly this doesn’t add anything to the current canon of books dealing with this very important topic.