Exit, Pursued by a Bear

by E.K. Johnston | Audiobooks |
ISBN: 0399566023 Global Overview for this book
Registered by indygo88 of Lafayette, Indiana USA on 5/16/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by indygo88 from Lafayette, Indiana USA on Tuesday, May 16, 2017
"Hermione Winters is captain of her cheerleading team, and in tiny Palermo Heights, this doesn’t mean what you think it means. At PHHS, the cheerleaders don’t cheer for the sports teams; they are the sports team—the pride and joy of a tiny town. The team’s summer training camp is Hermione’s last and marks the beginning of the end of…she’s not sure what. She does know this season could make her a legend. But during a camp party, someone slips something in her drink. And it all goes black.

In every class, there’s a star cheerleader and a pariah pregnant girl. They’re never supposed to be the same person. Hermione struggles to regain the control she’s always had and faces a wrenching decision about how to move on. The assault wasn’t the beginning of Hermione Winter’s story and she’s not going to let it be the end. She won’t be anyone’s cautionary tale."

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Journal Entry 2 by indygo88 at Lafayette, Indiana USA on Friday, September 1, 2017
Hermione, captain of her school's cheerleading team, is excited about the beginning of her upcoming senior year. Prior to the beginning of school, she, along with her team, attends cheerleading camp (as she does every year) but while there, the unthinkable occurs. Someone slips something into her drink and she awakens to find that she has been the victim of sexual assault. But because of the drug, she has virtually no memory of anything that happened.

On the surface, this sounds like a run-of-the-mill YA story with a side plot of sexual assault thrown in. While teen rape should not of course be taken lightly, it's a story that's been done before. However. This book had been on my radar after reading some really good reviews and I had it added to my wishlist without even really paying much attention to the book description. It recently made it to the top of my reading queue and then I wasn't sure if it was actually going to hold my attention. But it did.

It may seem odd to describe a book with such disturbing subject matter refreshing, but that's what comes to mind after having finished this. I enjoyed it a lot. Hermione is portrayed not as your typical rape victim who becomes consumed by her situation, but one who has grit and is determined to move beyond and not be defined by what happened to her. While some readers may be put off by this, as I said above, I found it refreshing to read about a character who takes it the other way and becomes a role model, determined to get her life back in order.

Despite a plot description and title that may not grab a reader right off, I thought this was a very well written story, appealing not to just younger readers but older adults as well, and I'm sure my review has not done it justice. If possible, read this one on audio. The reader (Jorjeana Marie) is fantastic. This is probably one of my favorites so far this year. Recommend!

Journal Entry 3 by indygo88 at Lafayette, Indiana USA on Saturday, October 20, 2018

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