Library Journal Review
Gr 9 Up-When Sam's family drops her off at Edwards Academy, a pricey and exclusive boarding school that could be her ticket to the Ivies, she never expects to be hazed and humiliated with all the other first years in their house by Hayden, the Head Girl, and her posse of prefects. Equally surprising is Hayden's gift: she matches Sam up for the fall mixer with fourth-year Scully Chapman, captain of the polo team. The misery of being new while trying to fit in and be accepted is tempered by Sam's wonderful roommate Grace, who chums around with her and to whom she can complain about the enormous academic workload. Being seen on Scully's arm elates Sam until Grace's hurt feelings and frustrated crush on him create a rift between the girls. Bad to worse: a tutoring session behind closed doors with Scully leaves Sam with ripped clothing and an urge for justice against a sexual predator protected by the elite and venerable institution's honor code. Made up of anonymous Tumblr posts, first-person narration from Sam, and third-person narration from Harper, a rookie reporter from The New York Inspector, this engrossing story is broken into pre- and postattack sections. VERDICT A book to recommend to readers who enjoy relevant gritty issues and don't mind relishing a somewhat predictable plot twist.-Suzanne Gordon, Lanier High School, Sugar Hill, GA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Sam Barker is a first-year scholarship student at the boarding school Edwards Academy. She has to get used to new people, old money, and rigorous academics, especially if she wants to get into a top-notch law school. From day one, Sam has trouble fitting in: the older girls in her house subject her to hazing, schoolwork is hard, and the social scene is brutal. Journaling everything on her anonymous Tumblr helps. Sam eventually joins tennis, gets along with her roommate, and goes on a few dates with a cute guy named Scully. But her happiness is shattered when Scully rapes her during what's supposed to be a study session. Afterwards, the novel switches to a dual third-person point of view between Sam and journalist Harper. Through Instagram and in the courtroom, they recount what happened to Sam. Burkhart nails all of the tense, ugly elements of sexual assault and its aftermath, from slut shaming to victim blaming. An intense look at rape on campus, this social media-savvy novel is a must-read.--Gilfillian, Courtney Copyright 2017 Booklist