The Sharp Edge of Silence

HarperCollins/Quill Tree. Apr. 2023. 496p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780062932105.
Gr 9 Up–Quinn (artist, musician, and legacy student), Charlotte (dancer and high achiever), and Max (scholarship student and math genius turned varsity crew coxswain) all attend the elite boarding school Lycroft Phelps. When Quinn is raped after their spring formal, she returns to school the next fall changed. Her roommate, Alex, can tell and even her “Big Sister” Charlotte from the year before can see something is wrong, but Q doesn’t want to tell anyone. Told from the multiple perspectives of Quinn, Charlotte, and Max, this novel examines elite athletics, secret societies, male toxicity, and a culture of silence. Once Quinn’s secret is exposed, who will rise to help her and who will choose to support the status quo? Rosenblum’s thoughtfully crafted, moving narrative allows for the time and space needed to address the complexities of how sexual assault is dealt with on a high school campus. She deftly weaves the stories of three very different students whose lives are intertwined and who must all find the person they want to be.
VERDICT A beautifully written novel that tells a powerful story of survival, support, and finding voice.

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