Quiet No More

North Star. (Quiet You Carry, Bk. 2). Oct. 2020. 352p. pap. $14.99. ISBN 9781635830637.
Gr 9 Up–This is the continuing story of Victoria Parker from The Quiet You Carry, in the aftermath of the sexual abuse she endured at the hands of her father, who is in jail and awaiting sentencing. Victoria is now living on her own and is a community college student. She is learning how to make new friends, which largely happens when she joins the student group, Students Against Sexual Assault and Harassment. Her new friends are outspoken and one even has a blog, “Patriarchy Pounder,” which operates like a whisper network, warning people of sexual predators. Her father and his estranged sister plead with Victoria, asking that she write a mild victim impact statement for the judge. Victoria is torn. Her supportive community wants to help her but Victoria needs to find her own voice. Her situation becomes more complicated as her past gets exposed online. The main characters are white.
VERDICT This novel adeptly explores rape culture and the rights of survivors. It, along with book one, is recommended for all YA collections.

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