Wednesday, September 16, 2015

52 Likes by Medeia Sharif

52 Likes
by Medeia Sharif

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: January 16, 2015
Publisher: Evernight Teen
ISBN-13: 2940046527735
Genre: YA Drama
Print Length: 172 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 
After a brutal rape and near-murder, Valerie wants to get past feelings of victimhood from both the assault and her history of being bullied. Not knowing the identity of her masked rapist and dealing with the nasty rumors about that night are two things that plague her daily.

Valerie will have to follow ghostly entities, past victims of the rapist-murderer, contacting her through a social media site. Why do all of their eerie photos have 52 likes under them? Their messages are leading her to the mystery man, although he'll put up a fight to remain hidden.

 
52 Likes by Medeia Sharif

52 LikesNot for the faint of heart, or anyone who refuses to see the realities that face young people today, Medeia Sharif’s 52 Likes is a must read for all young adults, and adults alike. Be warned, this is not light reading; it is brutal, frank and revealing, as one girl, desperately determined to spread her wings of independence makes a rash decision and becomes the victim of rape and is forced to live through a living hell in its aftermath. From the cruelty of her classmates with their vicious tongues and snickering gossip to the voices she hears asking for help, Valerie struggles to rise above the label “victim” in all aspects of her life. Who do the voices belong to? Are they really the missing victims of the same monster? Is it up to Valerie to “bring them home” and give them justice?

Follow Valerie as Medeia Sharif brings her to life, pain, torment and the new young woman rising like a phoenix from the ashes. From high school politics to her understanding and protective mother, Valerie is a character to respect, to root for and support. Ms. Sharif takes the worst moments in one’s life and shows that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that light will get brighter with each phase of healing. The touch of the paranormal is a powerful tool in the healing process for more than just Valerie, but to the “lost” girls and those they loved.

Medeia Sharif is a loud and powerful voice in a world full of young adult reading that should be on every shelf. Ms. Sharif handles the trauma of rape and the physical descriptions with respect to victims everywhere while allowing the pain and horrendous event to feel far too real. I cannot recommend this to all readers strongly enough.

I received this copy from Medeia Sharif in exchange for my honest review.



4 comments:

  1. Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. I did, this is a must read for everyone!

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  2. This has caught my interest. Loved your review! :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. Diane, this is one that should be in every library.

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